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October 5, 1973 , the Wisconsin Rowing Association, Inc. was created to replace the Wisconsin Crew Corporation. The Wisconsin Rowing Association, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit corporation for which tax-exempt status is pending. One objective of the change was to make contributions tax deductible.
October 21, Wisconsin 's varsity crew won The Boston Globe Trophy as the winner of the Head of the Charles Regatta for the second year in a row. Time on the 3 mile course, with a stiff headwind, was 14:53.9 (0.5 seconds off the course record); Northeastern was second (15:03.9), followed by Union BC (and Olympic Silver-Medal eight, with Mike Vespoli replacing Pete Raymond; 15:35.7), Harvard (15:45.8) and the Wisconsin JV-8 was fifth (15:47.9). UW's rowers at the Head of the Charles in October 1973 were Doug Trosper, Jim Dyreby, K. Nelson, Scott Springman, Louis Schueller, Jerry Phelan, B. Niedermeier, Loren Bartz and John Bosio (cox).
UW stroke Jim Dyreby recalls it was probably during this visit to Boston (though it may have been a Cochrane Cup competition) that Coach Jablonic asked the crew to take their oars to Logan Airport via the MTA. The “T,” which runs along Commonwealth Avenue parallel to the Charles River from Boston University to the airport, is often crowded with commuters and students. Dyreby remembers with a smile not only the awkwardness of getting the oars through the doors and onto the train but also the bemused looks of all the passengers at the scene they were watching before them.
In the late fall/winter of 1973-74, Douglas W. Neil, former Badger Assistant Coach (1971-73), wrote “Wisconsin Where They Row,” an article commemorating Wisconsin 's century of crew in Wisconsin Trails (Vol. 15, No. 1, p. 4)
The annual spring crew banquet was held at the Edgewater Hotel. “Heading the program is 91-year-old George Pocock of Seattle , WA , a renowned boat builder who generally is credited with popularizing the sport of rowing in the United States . His equipment can be found in every rowing school and club in the country.
Despite his advanced age, Pocock remains an articulate promoter of rowing. A native of England , he rowed, coached the sport and pioneered the building of racing shells. His grandfather built the first sectional boats in the world. They were used in the exploration of Africa.
Pocock recalled recently that 50 years ago the Wisconsin crew presented him with a watch after he converted one of the Badger boats from a port stroke to a starboard stroke in New York before a Pouighkeepsie Regatta.
In the Program for the
Annual Wisconsin Rowing Association Banquet
held 3/23/74 , at the Edgewater Hotel,
the following poem was noted:
Oh, sing me a song of college days
That tells where I may go -
Chicago for her standards high
Purdue for jolly boys
Northwestern for her pretty girls
Wisconsin where they row.
The winter was a long one and Wisconsin didn't get much water (seven days) to practice on before the San Diego Crew Classic. In order to assist nature's spring melt and to accelerate the arrival of open water, Coach Jablonic was said to have spread ash on the ice in front of the boathouse. The darker ash would absorb what little heat the sun generated and melt through the ice more quickly than would the natural reflective surface of the snow and ice.
On April 6, the San Diego Classic, a 13-race program on a 2,000-meter course, held its second annual regatta on Mission Bay . Bill Center, in The San Diego Union of April 5, 1974 (p. D-4) wrote, “Up until now, Wisconsin has done most of its rowing in an unique indoor rowing tank. During one of the Badgers' unusual trips onto Madison 's Lake Mendota , Jablonic had to go ahead of the varsity eight in a powerboat to clear a path through the melting chunks of ice.
All this is a yearly ritual for the Badgers and, off past records, it would be hard to sing the blues for them. Jablonic is the coach of the nation's top all-around crew program. Wisconsin won the James Ten Eyck Trophy for overall supremacy not only last year but also in 1972.
We like to think that by mid-season we'll be one of the finest Wisconsin crews ever in the water,” says Jablonic. Which is saying something. The sport is celebrating its 100 th year at Wisconsin . From a starting roster of 100, Wisconsin fields a 60 to 75-man crew each year. Even with snow and iced-over lakes, crew is a year-round program at Wisconsin . When not out on the lakes or in the cement indoor rowing tank, Badger crewmen are working with weights, running cross-country or climbing steps in the stadium. Five months are spent inside. Among the crew in the varsity eight is bowman Eric (called “The Super Flea” by his teammates, because of his small size and hard stroke) Aserlind at 6'3 ¾” and 158 ½ pounds.
At the end, Wisconsin (6:11.2) finished second behind Washington (6:09.5), but was disqualified. Jablonic said Badger coxswain John Bosio decided to let the boat run to the starboard side, rather than lose speed steering against the cross-current. “The coxswain took a calculated risk and I support his actions,” said Jablonic. “ Long Beach State was well over three lengths behind us. In his judgment, crossing the lanes wasn't going to interfere.” Jabo later said it was Navy which protested.
Behind Washington and Wisconsin were UC Irvine (6:12.5), Navy (6:20.1), San Diego State (6:31.9) and Long Beach State (6:34.9).
In the open fours +, Wisconsin/Navy (7:05.5), defeated San Diego State, UC San Diego and Long Beach State (6:34.9).
A disqualification dropped Wisconsin to sixth place officially, but the setback didn't bother Jablonic in the least. “To me, it doesn't matter,” he said. “It's relatively unimportant. Had we been winning, it would have been a different story.” After Wisconsin crossed over Long Beach State's lane hear the finish line, State protested that the infraction denied it chance to sprint to the finish. State came in sixth in 6:34.9.
The Badgers' lack of water time going into the race had worried Jablonic a bit, since the California crews have been practicing on the water for two or three months. Saturday's performance pushed those doubts out of his mind. “Recognizing that they've competed on a most successful level here, I think it's going to be another fantastic season,” Jablonic said. “This is going to be one of the finest crews in the country.”
Attending the Classic, stroke Jim Dyreby remembers the team's being unable to afford a hotel, so the team slept on someone's boat in the marina. While using the marina's hot tub - sans clothes, but with lots of bubbles from the hot tub - the crew was startled by the arrival of several women members of the club, in their bathing suits, who had come in to use the hot tubs. As the UW men were trying to figure out what to do next, the bubbles stopped. It was an embarrassed group of hulking rowers which had to then ask the ladies to step outside a moment while they exited the hot tub.
At the April 27 Midwest Regatta of 1,900-meters on Lake Wingra in Madison , 450 competitors and 3,500 spectators witnessed the Midwest 's version of the king of sports. “All this is great,” said Major Edison Lerch, 74, of Delafield , Wisconsin , while waiting for the conclusion of the Midwest Rowing Regatta. “Some people call horse racing the sport of kings. Well rowing is the king of sports.” The Midwest Regatta was sanctioned for the first time by the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen
In the varsity eight event, Wisconsin (5:28.1) defeated Washington State (5:48.9), Purdue (5:57.7), Kansas State (6:01.0), Nebraska (6:02.8), Washburn (6:07.1) and Notre Dame (6:15.7). The freshmen eight (5:47.4) defeated Washington State (6:03.9), Nebraska , Purdue , Kansas State and Notre Dame. In the varsity four +, the UW “B” boat (6:14.6) defeated the UW “A” (6:21.7), Chicago 's Lincoln Park (6:42.0), Kansas State and Minnesota . In the Open four +, Wisconsin (6:29.7) won over Duluth BC ((6:36.7), Oklahoma State (6:49.2) and Wisconsin freshmen (6:51.6), after Lincoln Park BC nipped Wisconsin by 0.8 seconds but was disqualified for a lane violation. Wisconsin 's freshmen four + (6:42.1) also won, defeating Washburn (7:17.7(, Minnesota (7:27.0) and Kansas State (7:41.3). UW's Open 4+ boating: Norsetter, Rehfeldt, Kraft, Zondag and Hal Menendez (cox).
On April 28 on Lake Wingra (1,900-meters), UW's JV-8 (5:49.7) defeated the second badger boat (6:05.8), Kansas State (6:13.0) and Marquette (7:14.0). Also on Lake Wingra April 28, the UW frosh (5:47.4) posted its first victory of the season defeating Washington State (6:03.9), Nebraska (6:23.9), Purdue Crew Club (6:25.3), Kansas State (6:25.4) and Notre Dame Rowing Club (6:49.9).
On May 4, rowing against strong winds on the Charles Rive in Cambridge , MA , Wisconsin (6:34.0) won the Cochrane Cup by one and one-quarter lengths over MIT (6:39.2) and Dartmouth (7:09.7).
At the Eastern Sprints on Worcester May 10, New York Times sportswriter William N. Wallace wrote, “Alan Wardwell Shealy, stroke oar and the catalyst of the Harvard varsity crew, was in a mean mood as his shell lined up for the start of the Eastern sprint championship on Lake Quinsigamond at 5:15 this afternoon. ‘We resolved we were going to blow them out of the water,' Shealy said later. And the Harvard boat did.
The five ‘thems' were the Crimson's five rivals in the heavyweight final. They never had a chance as one of the finest of all Harvard crews won the big race in decisive fashion. Shealy and his mates had a good start, led all the way over the 2,000-meter course, and won going away in 6 minutes 2.8 seconds, good time for the weather conditions that produced a moderate headwind. Wisconsin was second, 1 ½ boat-lengths back, and then came, in order, Northeastern, MIT, Penn and Navy. All but Navy had been seeded and survived the morning trials.
‘We didn't have any particular race plan,' said Shealy. ‘We were just going to go all out.' Wisconsin was the foremost competitor. The Badgers were in an adjacent lane right where Shealy could keep an eye on them. In the third 500 meters Wisconsin made a push to try to cut down the one-length lead. But the lead did not shrink. ‘We felt good because we had held them, ‘ said Captain Dave Fellows. “And we did get a good start for a change.'
Final results were: varsity eight - Harvard (6.02.8), Wisconsin (6:07.6), Northeastern, MIT, Penn and Navy; junior varsity eight - Harvard (6:09.5), Wisconsin (6:11.2), Cornell, MIT, Northeastern and Penn; and the freshman eight - Cornell (6:11.4), Harvard (6.12.2), Rutgers, Wisconsin, Syracuse and Princeton.
The Rowe Cup for the heavy weight competition had Harvard with 40 points to Wisconsin 's 34.”
In the IRA's:
Varsity pairs (with coxswain) and varsity fours (with coxswain) are introduced into the IRA competition as the ‘seventh and eighth' men's heavyweight events.
The varsity and JV eights each win at the IRA's; times, respectively, were 6:33.0 and 6:54.4. The Ten Eyck scoring formula changed in 1974.
Arnie Burdick's coverage of the races read, “The big story yesterday was the big Badgers, who showed that they were boss after wrestling the lead from fast-starting Penn after about 500 meters. Jablonic's gents rowed the body of the race at about 34 strokes to the minute, getting open water at about 1,000 meters, edging way to two lengths with about 500 meters left. After Penn's early flourish, it was Cornell, when MIT which dogged the Badgers, but neither eve threatened this beautifully-synchronized eight, stroked by Junior Jim Dyreby.
This is essentially the same boatload that won going away last year, and hopes to gain revenge on Harvard in Milwaukee June 15. Wisconsin was beaten by about a length by Harvard in the Eastern Sprints. Wisconsin won by three lengths (6:33.0), followed by MIT (6:45.9), Cornell (6:47.6), Penn (6:48.3), Rutgers (6:53.4) and Syracuse 7:02.8).
The Badger jayvees won comfortably, too, trimming Cornell by a little more than a length.
Cornell's freshmen prevented the Badgers from repeating their sweep of last June by nosing them out by a half-length. It was the second time this spring that the Big Red Cubs stopped a championship sweep. They nipped streaking Harvard in the Eastern Sprints three weeks ago to halt the Crimson from winning everything.
Jablonic, whose crew celebrated the centennial year of rowing at ‘Wisc,' by repeating its IRA Regatta varsity and JV eight-oared wins of a year ago, was stopped from duplicating a sweep when Cornell's yearlings copped the event. ‘I was a little disappointed we didn't win the frosh race. I thought we'd win it after the heat (when ‘Wisc' nipped the Cornellians on Thursday)…But our speaker system in the frosh boat broke down,' said Jablonic, not wanting to make an excuse.”
Under the headline “Wisconsin Oarsmen Retain Title,” New York Times writer William Wallace's June 2, 1974 article described the IRA races:
A large and powerful Wisconsin crew won the national intercollegiate rowing championship today in impressive style. The Badgers rowed away from five rivals in the varsity final and won by three boat lengths in the time of 6 minutes 33 seconds for the 2,000 meters. MIT was second and then came, in order, Cornell , Pennsylvania , Rutgers and Syracuse .
It was the second year in a row that Wisconsin had won the title but the eight coached by Randy Jablonic still has some unfinished business. Wisconsin will row against undefeated Harvard, not present here today, in a dual regatta at Milwaukee on June 15. The Crimson beat the Badgers for the Eastern sprint championship three weeks ago, but the Wisconsin boat showed that it is much faster now.
In the varsity final, Penn got away quickly rowing at 41 strokes to the minute and built up a small lead over the first 500 meters. But in the second 500, Wisconsin turned on the power and left Penn and the others behind. At the halfway mark, Wisconsin was ahead by 1½ lengths and then doubled that margin the rest of the way up the windy course on Onondaga Lake . Because of a brisk headwind the times for this race and all the others on the program were unimpressive.
The Wisconsin oarsmen also won the Jim Ten Eyck Trophy, which goes to the college with the best over-all performances in the regatta. The Badgers scored 233.3 points gained on first among varsity eights, first among the second varsities, second among the freshman eights behind Cornell, second in the varsity fours with coxswain and fifth in the freshman fours.
Another victory for the Cornell freshmen, the Eastern sprint champions, was all that prevented a second sweep like last year's for Wisconsin in the eight-oared events. The Badgers second varsity won by 1 ½ lengths and its freshmen boat was only two seconds behind the Big Red.
Rowing in the second place freshman boat were Jim Sullivan (Bow), Steve Hayes, Mark Boyle, Roger Graff, Fred Robertson, Doug Wolf, Paul Schroeder, Tom Schuchardt (Stroke) and Gary Shea (Cox).
Wisconsin 's success here, at the nation's No. 1 intercollegiate regatta, is remarkable in reflection. Four years ago the university's athletic director, Elroy Hirsch, had threatened to abolish this sport because of its expense. He was deterred by alumni reaction and now the university has the national championship in the oldest collegiate sport of all for the second time in a row.
Because of a cold, wet and windy spring, Jablonic had a hard time getting his seasoned crew in shape, but it moved ahead rapidly in the last month. Jim Dyreby, the 6-foot-7-inch stroke oar, headed the group of six holdovers from last year's winners here and one of the additions was Eric Aserlind, a stringy 6-foot-4, 160-pound bowman.
Among the five championship finals for the smaller boats, four-oared and pair-oared, honors were divided four ways. The Coast Guard Academy won both of the four-oared events, with coxswain ( Wisconsin was 2 nd this event) and without coxswain. Princeton 's freshman four + was a winner ( Wisconsin 5 th ) while Santa Clara (without cox) and Penn (with cox, for the first time in the IRA's, with a female coxswain) won the pair-oared events.
|1974 UW Varsity*||Class||Age||Height||Weight|
|Bow||Eric Aserlind||‘75||21||6' 3 ¾”||159|
|6||Robert Espeseth||‘75||20||6'4 ½”||188|
|7||James Ricksecker||‘74||21||6'2 ¾”||182|
|Average||6' 3 ½”||183 ¼|
*As listed against Harvard in Milwaukee June 15, 1974 .
|1974 UW JV-8||Class||Age||Height||Weight|
|Stroke||Doug Trosper||‘75||20||6'1 ½”||185|
To settle the “national championship” - Washington having won the Pacific Ten championship (although they lost to Cal-Berkeley for the first time in many years) and not raced at the IRA's; Harvard having won their annual dual meet with Yale, but not having attended the IRA's and Wisconsin, winner of the varsity eight at the IRA's - it was agreed the three would try to get together to settle the question of who was the country's best. Wisconsin 's athletic department, frequently short of funds for crew over the years, told Coach Jablonic he had to win 2 of 3 from Harvard in Wisconsin before expending the funds to go to Washington .
(Worth noting is William N. Wallace's article in the IRA Official Program of June 1, 1974 in which he questions the intent of the University of Washington 's creation of yet another national rowing championship. He also speculates ‘What Washington is doing this year is cutting the IRA regatta off at the knees. Harvard, the wealthiest college in the land and a non-participant in the IRA's since 1897, can go to Seattle comfortably without any torn loyalties to the IRA. But what about Wisconsin, the likely IRA winner? If invited it would be very hard for the Badgers to refuse on some tenuous grounds of loyalty.
However, who would pay their way to Seattle and back? In the beginning Washington was to pay travel expenses for all invited crews. That changed. The invitees have to get it up. Should Wisconsin be invited, it is important to remember that Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch, the athletic director at Madison , was about to do away with crew four years ago because it was so expensive to maintain. Who's going to ask Elroy to fork up the money to send the crew out to Seattle for an ‘invitational national championship?' Not me.”)
The Wisconsin-Seattle trip saga continues….On June 15, 1974, Harvard visited Milwaukee to settle the national championship in rowing, as Harvard did not attend the IRA's won by Wisconsin on June 1 in Syracuse. The race was staged as part of Wisconsin 's rowing crew centennial regatta. The first ever held inside the breakwater on Lake Michigan , the start was to be from Bay View Park and conclude in the vicinity of the South Shore Yacht Club. Twice postponed because of rough water (6 ½ hours later than scheduled), the race was eventually rowed at dusk and shortened to 1,500 meters. Billed locally as “The Race of the Century,” the event finally started around 9:00 PM .
Harvard, after a bad starting alignment, gained a length lead at the start and held that margin for the first 500 meters. Wisconsin , which settled to 37 strokes per minute to Harvard's 35, slowly inched up on the Crimson. Both crews were chopping through the rough water, shipping splash with each stroke. Harvard, in the outside lane, then dropped to 32, found its lead slipping and picked up.
Going into the final 500 meters, Harvard raised its beat to 37 after having dropped to 32 in an effort to handle the choppy water. The low beat did not accomplish that and Harvard's increased pace finally gave it the victory, timed in 5 minutes 29.2 seconds, beating Wisconsin by a boat length and 1.2 seconds.
The race did not match its billing. When the boats finally reached the starting line, the water, which earlier had calmed, was again rough. So as not to disappoint the spectators who had waited six hours, the race was shortened to 1,500. A follow-up race in this two-day event was scheduled in Madison on Lake Mendota .
June 17, 1974 , the New York Times (p. 42) the article described the action in Madison , “In the first 10 strokes, Harvard had a lead of half a boat length. With both boats settled at 37 strokes a minute, Harvard slowly increased its lead to a full length, but that was as far as it got.
With no help from the elements again, Harvard's crew defeated Wisconsin today on Lake Mendota here. Harvard is unbeaten and the Eastern sprint champion and Wisconsin is the Intercollegiate Association champion. Their two-day contest was for an unofficial national title, which Harvard apparently has won with consecutive victories. Wind caused rough water today and the original site and distance of the race were changed. (The event, originally scheduled for 2,000 meters from Willows Bay to the finish line off Alumni House, was a six-minute test with Harvard the winner by a length. Winds forced a quick move to Lake Monona , where 5,000 spectators, similar to yesterday in Milwaukee , watched the races.)
Yesterday's race in Milwaukee on Lake Michigan was postponed twice, also shortened and also won by Harvard by a margin of 1.2 seconds. But in that test a badly lined start apparently gave Harvard the edge it finished with. Wind and rough water also affected that race.
Today's event was moved from the Badger's home course on Lake Mendota , but the elements couldn't stop Harvard in its bid for a non-existent title.” Harvard was awarded The Milwaukee Sentinel Cup.
The Wisconsin Athletic Review1973-74 (p. 64) described the second race as a six minute race with the understanding that the crew in the lead at six minutes won the race. The JV-8 was also nipped by Harvard on Lake Mendota in a race preceding the varsity race. Harvard went on to defeat the University of Washington on the weekend of June 22, 1974.
Coach Jablonic remembers the June 16th day in Madison as weather from the winter - a strong wind out of the north - that “somehow got lost or left behind.” He had placed multiple calls to the weather bureau but no let-up was forecast. Improvising, he moved the course to the unmarked Lake Monona and it was agreed whoever was ahead after exactly six minutes would be the winner.
Harvard won the draw for the choice of boats in the first race in Milwaukee and selected Wisconsin's newest and lightest fiberglass Schoenbrod; UW got the older, heavier wooden Schoenbrod (the difference in weights might be 228 lbs. vs. 240-260) and lost in Milwaukee. UW expected to then use the lighter boat for the second race, the understanding being that if the each had won a race, the third race boat choice would be decided by another flip of the coin.
When it came time to switch boats in Madison , Harvard Coach Harry Parker refused, saying his team had had no time to practice in the older boat. Coach Jablonic said his team had only practiced in Milwaukee with the older boat, as this was the jayvee's boat - the varsity having used the newer, lighter Schoenbrod all season.
Coach Parker again refused to change boats and threatened to simply leave for the University of Washington , his next race, if forced to use the heavier boat. As UW's Coach Jablonic had been told by the athletic department that a condition of his attending in Washington was winning 2 of 3 from Harvard in Madison , he hesitated to call what he thought might be Coach Parker's bluff.
Wisconsin then used the heavier boat and lost the second race in Madison and did not travel to Washington . Harvard started out with a start surge and never settled. Their rate stayed at 40 for the first 500 meters. Wisconsin also started with a surge and settled at 30.
In retrospect, Coach Jablonic wonders, when Harvard finally settled, if he and/or his cox had better anticipated the amount of time left to six minutes, perhaps a UW sprint could have changed the result. He also still remembers being worried as to how, on an unmarked course, one could always clearly determine who was ahead at six minutes in a close race.
After the race, in spite of some hard feelings, both teams went to Mickey's Dairy Bar restaurant on Regent Street . (Mickey's, founded in 1946-47 by Ms. Mickey Weidman, has, since its founding, been a regular stop for UW crews for hearty breakfasts after early morning practices.) Mickey's owner Norm Bass, who had been called ahead of time and advised of the arrival of two hungry teams, said all were welcome, but as most of his staff had gone home, the teams would have to pitch in serving breakfast while Mr. Bass cooked. Coaches Parker and Jablonic each worked tirelessly brining plates to their respective rowers. Coach Jablonic remembers in particular making many malted milks for the boys the old fashioned way - with real thick, heavy cream from the kitchen's refrigerator. Fond relationships built between the two crews are said to continue to this day.
If rowing has some sort of snob appeal,
it wears off once you start pulling.
Harry Parker, Harvard crew coach
In late June, Guiness Brewery called Coach Jablonic and offered to sponsor the trip of a Wisconsin 4+ entry to the Guiness Regatta. Apparently, the money was insufficient to fund the coach's travel, so Jablonic gave the rowers coaching advice before they left and the athletes traveled without a coach to England .
The Wisconsin's varsity 4+ placed third in the Guiness Trophy race of the Nottingham International Regatta in Nottingham, England The Badgers were third (6:38) behind Russia (6:32) and East Germany. The Badger contingent was: Lou Schueller (Bow), James Ricksecker (No. 2), Loren Bartz (No. 3), James Dyreby (Stroke) and John Bosio (Cox).
Frosh at 1974 IRA
Rob T. Espeseth Jr
UW-Harvard, June 14 1974
Gold Medal from Head of the Charles, 1973
Eric L. Aserlind
Loren P. Bartz
John O. Bauch
James R. Dyreby, Jr.
Robert D. Espeseth, Jr.
Ross B. Graves
James T. Kirsh, Jr.
William J. Klinger
Joseph M. Knight
John C. Mercier
Kenneth E. Nelson
Karl F. Newman
James F. Ricksecker
Louis S. Schueller, Jr.
John R. Storck
James C. Swanson
Douglas B. Trosper
Arno F. Werner