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September 9, the Governor’s Cup race was scheduled on Lake Mendota.
Roundup: Crew Coach Rescues
Runaway Campus Steer from Lake
On Tuesday, September 26, 1995 (p. 1D), WisconsinState Journal’s Phil McDade wrote under his byline:
Randy Jablonic, UW-Madison’s famed crew coach, has trained his share of big athletes. But none had four legs and weighed 1,500 pounds. Until Monday. Jablonic helped rescue a steer that broke loose from the university’s Stock Pavilion late Monday morning and ended up in Lake Mendota.
The runaway steer caused a huge, midday commotion on campus before it was captured and taken back to the Stock Pavilion. ‘I don’t know when I’ve last coached a steer in 30 feet of water,’ Jablonic said. ‘He was belligerent as hell.’
At about 11:05AM, two steers escaped from their basement quarters of the Stock Pavilion, in the western part of campus, just north of Campus Drive. One of the animals apparently got loose from its stall and pushed on the bar of a fire door. One steer was quickly corralled, but the second wondered down Campus Drive and turned left on Charter Street. University police herded the steer on to the Lakeshore Path, a bicycle and walking path along the southern shore of the lake. It rammed and dented one squad car trying to block its path, then jumped into the lake near the UW crew house.
That’s when Jablonic got to work. Asked for help by campus police, he and a friend (UW rigger Roger Payne) hopped into a small, motorized boat and set off after the steer. ‘We were afraid it was going to drown out there,’ Jablonic said of the animal, which was more than 200 yards off shore. ‘It was headed straight out…to Picnic Point.’
Eventually, Jablonic maneuvered his boat to get in front of the steer, and began slapping ors in the water to scare the animal toward shore. The tactic worked, but the steer swam another 150 yards parallel to the shore before stopping near Kronshage Hall, a campus dormitory.
Once there, campus police and workers from the Stock Pavilion rigged up a cattle herd gate and brought in a trailer from the pavilion. Once the steer saw (smelled?) the familiar trailer, he quickly jumped out of the lake and ran into it. Neither animal was injured, police said.
‘Every now and then it would turn around and look at us,’ said Jablonic. ‘I wish my crews would respond that way.’
October 8 at the Head of the Rock in Rockford, Illinois, UW’s four Open 8 boats were 1 st (14:05.6), 2 nd (14:18.3), 4 th and 6 th respectively. UW’s three Open 4’s were 1 st (15:48.5), 3 rd and 15 th.
October 14 at the Head of the Milwaukee/Tail of the Fox in Green Bay, WI, UW’s varsity 8’s were 1 st ( 11:09), 3 rd and 7 th. The three UW varsity 4’s were 1 st ( 12:27) 2 nd, 5 th and 6 th. The frosh eight was 1 st ( 11:40), 3 rd and 7 th. The frosh four was 1 st ( 12:43), 2 nd, 5 th and 6 th.
The frosh 8’s were 1 st and 3 rd, while the four frosh 4’s were 1 st, 2 nd, 5 th and 6 th.
On October 22 at the Head of the Charles, UW’s varsity eight was 8 th (15:15.01) and the UW’s open 4 was 8 th (17:11.28). The frosh four was involved in two disqualifying accidents.
October 29, Class Races were scheduled on Lake Mendota.
In the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, IA on November 12, the UW varsity eights were 1 st, 2 nd and 5 th; the varsity 4’s were 1 st and 2 nd and the frosh four 1 st , 2 nd and 5 th. The frosh fours were 1 st and 2 nd.
Winter training was in Austin, Texas (Dec. 26 to Jan. 10), with the varsity rowing all but twice in four-man shells, with line-ups changed every practice.
January 17, John Morgan (UW letter winner 1955, ’56 and ’57) was killed in an automobile accident in Florida. John had been a generous benefactor to UW rowing and was a former president of the National “W” Club (1990-91).
March 2, 1996, the Wisconsin Rowing Banquet was scheduled at the Inn on the Park Hotel; reunions of the men’s championship crews of 1946, 1966, 1976 and 1986 were planned. Spring training, March 9 - 17, was scheduled in Edgerton, WI.
Competing for the Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic March 31, the winner was Washington (6:09.4), followed by Harvard (6:13.02), Temple, Penn (6:17.41), Yale, and Cal, In the petite final, Cornell defeated Wisconsin (6:23.16), UC Davis, Gonzaga, Long Beach State and Stanford, in that order.
April 13-14, the Merrill Lynch Crew Classic was held in Indianapolis. Wisconsin men won the varsity eight (5:56.7) over Ohio State (5:58.2), Michigan (6:02.5). In the JV-8 event, UW (5:56.0) defeated Ohio State (6:13.1), and Michigan (6:13.4). In the freshman eights “A” flight, UW (6:07.0), Purdue (6:12.8), Michigan ( 6:31). In the “B” flight of the JV8’s, UW’s entry (6:38.0) defeated Purdue (6:55.6) and Michigan (7:09.5).
In the varsity 4 + event, UW (6:44.9), Northwestern (7:20.1), Purdue (7:32.1).
April 20, in Seattle, Washington (5:46.3), who defeated Wisco by 14 seconds at the San Diego Crew Classic, defeated Wisco (5:51.0). Wisco was even with the Huskies until the last 300 meters. “In the last few strokes Washington just turned it on and pulled away,” UW coach Randy Jablonic said. “We ran a great race, just not good enough.”
April 27-28, Wisconsin won four of five events they entered in the Midwest Rowing Championships. Near perfect weather benefited the day. In the varsity eight, Wisconsin set a course record on the 1,850-meter Lake Wingra course at 5:14.6, followed by Ohio State (5:21.7) and Cincinnati (5:28.2). In the second varsity eight, Wisconsin “A” (5:30.2) defeated Ohio State (5:43.9) and Wisconsin “B” (5:52.8).
In the first novice eight: UW (5:22.6), Purdue (5:35.4) and Michigan (5:42.8). In the second freshman eight, Wisconsin “B” (5:53.0) beat Wisconsin “A” (6:01.2) and Michigan (6:14.4). Wisconsin’s first freshman eight (5:22.6) defeated Purdue (5:35.4) and Michigan (5:42.8).
The varsity four was won by Minnesota (6:02.4), followed by Wisconsin “A” (6:11.1) and Wisconsin “B” (5:52.8).
The Cochrane Cup on May 4 in Hanover, NH, UW’s varsity (5:57.9) eight – in it’s first victory since 1991 - defeated Dartmouth (5:59.5) and MIT (6:04.3). In the JV-8 event, the order of finish was: UW (5:57.13), Dartmouth (6:03.4) and MIT (6:25.5). In the frosh eights, the order was: UW (6:00.0), MIT (6:10.0) and Dartmouth (6:11.0).
Against Boston University on May 5 th on the Charles River, UW’s varsity (6:06.4) defeated BU (6:18.0). In the JV-8 event, BU (6:06.0) defeated UW (6:08.0), while in the case of the frosh eights, it was UW (6:08.0) and BU ( 6:17).
The Eastern Sprints were May 19. In the varsity eights UW’s varsity (5:59.0) eight was 2 nd in the petite final (8 th overall), behind Navy (5:58.8) and ahead of Brown (6:03.6). The varsity final finish was: Northeastern, Penn, Princeton, Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth (times unavailable). Northeastern later had to return the trophy, as one of their oarsmen was declared ineligible for failing to make up an incomplete course.
The JV-8 was won by Princeton (6:02.3), followed by Yale (6:04.3), Wisconsin (5:59.0), Brown, BU, Rutgers and Columbia. In the frosh eight race, Yale (5:56.8), followed by Princeton, Brown (6:05.3), Wisco (6:06.5), Harvard (6:13.8) and Rutgers.
May 24, the Walsh Cup was scheduled. The Badgers won the overall Fisher Cup with 21 points, a victory margin of 1 point. The varsity eight event saw Navy (5:52.3) win the Walsh Cup (for the 7 th consecutive year) against UW (5:53.1), which was less than one second behind. The JV-8 race was Wisco (6:13.4) in a close one over Navy (6:13.5). In the frosh eights, Wisco (6:10.0) prevailed over Navy (6:13.0).
In the IRA’s:
Princeton won all three eights and the lightweights, the first four-time winner of these four events ever. Varsity eight results: Princeton (5:29.6, aided by slight tail wind), Washington (5:30.9), Penn (5:36.2), Dartmouth, Navy and Georgetown. It was only Princeton’s second varsity victory at the IRA’s (the first was in 1985).
Princeton Coach Jordan had made the painful decision of demoting his Captain, Matt Rutherford, to the second varsity. Northeastern’s varsity eight, a favorite, having won the Eastern Sprints, had to drop out due to the ineligibility of one of its oarsmen. Northeastern coach Walter “Buzz” Congram had been informed by his Registrar and immediately withdrew the fastest crew he ever had in 34 years in coaching. Because of the ineligibility, Northeastern had to forfeit its victories in all five of its prior races, including the Eastern Sprints
Second varsity eight finish: Princeton, Wisconsin, Brown, California, Navy and Boston University.
The UW Freshman 4+ (Kristian Knutsen (cox), Paul Tegan (stroke), Peter Dietric, Pat Woerner, Hickory Foudray (bow)) won their IRA event in a time of 6:30.3. The frosh eight was third in the petite finals. The pairs – were second and the V4 – was fourth.
Navy (325.7) won the Ten Eyck over Princeton (323.2) and Wisconsin (313.5) largely due to two golds and two silvers in the smaller boat competition.
After the regatta, the team voted Douglas Prochaska the “Pickle Boat Captain” Award.
Of the 19 student athletes (of 648 total student-athletes in 1995-96) that earned a 4.0 GPA, five were from the men’s crew (and four more were on the women’s crew).
Ben Profahl and Tim Storm were named to the first team of the 1996 USRowing Collegiate All-American team.
Following the 1996 season, Coach Randy Jablonic, after 29 years of coaching at UW, stepped down as head coach, though he continued to coach the varsity squad. Jabo is succeeded by Chris Clark, who continues for one more year as freshmen coach.
Picture of steer captured in lake
Wisconsin State Journal 9-26-95
J Miller photo
Tim and Dave Storm
Edward Kakas, III
Alexander Ressi de Cervia