1998 Season

Chris Clark
Chris Clark
  Nelson Williams
Nelson Williams
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Season Results

San Diego 4
Midwest 1
Cochrane 2
Eastern Sprints 5

Season Summary

In mid-October, retired Coach Randy Jablonic was honored for his 1996-97 season as the coach of the year by the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges.

At the Head of the Rock, a 2¾ mile course in Rockford, IL on October 12, UW swept the eight-oared events in the varsity, JV-8 and frosh categories. In the Open men’s 8, the results were: UW “A” (15:54.75), Wyandotte B. C. (15:22.47), UW “B” (16:22.53), UW “C” (16:24.60) and Northwestern (16:48.05). Results in the novice (frosh) men’s eight: UW “A” (13:48.52), Iowa (15:23.35), UW “B” (16:08.14), Huron H. S. (17:07.50) and Nebraska (17:58.31). In the open men’s 4 +, the finish was: UW “A (16:59.91), Wyandotte B. C. (17:32.58), UW “B” (17:46.10), Grand Valley State (17:54.54) and Minnesota (18:13.74).

Sunday, October 19, 1997, the Head of the Charles was held in Cambridge, MA. Wisconsin (15:12.91) finished 17 th, after Junior Jeff Maples (No. 4) caught a crab just after passing under Eliot Bridge and was jettisoned out of the boat and into the frigid water. Andy Baggot covered the incident in the October 25 Wisconsin State Journal and quoted Maples, “ ‘Whatever happened, the handle (of the oar) caught me in the ribs and flung me out of the boat. I was struggling to try to get (the foot) out and get upright. I came up for air, but I was being dragged by the boat for a little bit.’ There were other concerns, namely the boats and oars churning mere seconds behind the Wisconsin boat. Maples somehow remained deep enough (under the water0 that he was not struck, but then disorientation and panic set in. Maples said he reached up and felt rigger - a support brace that keeps the oar attached to the boat - but could not hold it. The latched onto a second rigger and pulled himself to the surface. It was the boat of the Navy boat.

In a nutshell, Navy coxswain Brett O’Donovan instructed his boat mates to stop in the middle of the Charles River. Not only did O’Donovan think quickly enough to call for a course change and avoid hitting Maples, Navy stroke Gabe Mauldin grabbed hold of Maples, who was disoriented and in shock. On top of that, O’Donovan instructed the Wisconsin boat to proceed to the finish line while he and his crew made sure Maples was safely aboard a safety boat.

Maples sustained some cuts and bruises and was taken to the first aid station for treatment. Seems the primary concern of the medical people was whether Maples ingested any river water.

Navy, after their heroics, ended up finishing 39 th. ‘If there was any crew (in the field) sacrificing their crew, it was going to be Navy,’ Wisconsin coach Chris Clark said. ‘I have to commend the Navy boys.’”

The HOC Men’s Championship 8 was won by US Rowing (13:58.99).

On October 26, after all the teams arrived, the Head of the Iowa was canceled because of thunder and lightning.

At the Head of the Elk Regatta on the St. Joseph River on November 2, UW won the open 8 and the freshman four + events. No JV-8 event was held. The Badgers won the Mayor’s Cup (76 points), followed by Iowa (61 points) and Purdue (47).

Winter training in Austin, TX was Dec. 28 - January 10 and spring training was March 1 - 15 in Edgerton, WI.

March 21, 1998, the annual crew banquet was scheduled in the UW Field House.

In San Diego on April 5, UW’s varsity eight (5:55.02) won the petite final, defeating Stanford (5:59.77), Ohio State, Gonzaga, Purdue and UC Davis, for 7 th overall. UW’s JV-8 (6:03.75) was second behind Cal (5:56.59) and ahead of Yale (6:07.6), Washington (6:07.99) and Harvard.

At the Big Ten Regatta in Indianapolis on April 11, Wisco did not send its varsity. In the open eight event, UW (6:03.5) defeated Michigan (6:10.57) and Purdue (6:21.65). The JV-8 event was won by UW (6:08.3), followed by Michigan (6:12.98) and Purdue (6:31.75). The frosh eight event was won by UW (6:05.96), followed by Michigan (6:19.15), Purdue (6:20.33) and Northwestern. UW’s second freshman eight (6:14.2) won the second novice eight event. In the varsity 4 +, Minnesota (6:40.98) won, followed by UW (6:55.72) and Northwestern (6:55.72).

On April 18, the Wisconsin varsity (5:48.34) traveled to Seattle and lost to Washington (5:42.64).

April 25, at the Midwest Regatta on Lake Wingra, UW’s varsity eight ( 5:48..80) defeated Michigan (6:00.93), Purdue (6:12.12) and Ohio State (6:16.64). “Two weeks in a row, we’ve raced the best team in the country. So for us, they’re just excited to get the lead,” said UW coach Chris Clark. :They haven’t had the lead in two weeks.” In the JV-8 event, UW “A” (6:00.50) defeated Wisconsin “B” (6:03.11), Michigan (6:03.49), Ohio State (6:15.38), Purdue, Cincinnati and Dayton. The frosh eight event was won by UW (6:05.04), followed by Ohio State (6:19.91), Michigan, Purdue, Colorado and Michigan State. The varsity 4 + event saw UW “A” (6:17.20) win, followed by Minnesota “A” (6:24.30), Wisco “B” (6:28.03), Northwestern (6:34.78), Minnesota “B” and Michigan.

At the Cochrane Cup in Boston on May 2, UW swept the three eight-oared events. In the varsity, UW (6:05.2) won over Dartmouth (6:15.60) and MIT (6:29.6). In the JV-8 race, UW ( 6:08) out paddled Dartmouth ( 6:19). The UW frosh (6:07.2) defeated Dartmouth (6:08.3) and MIT (6:38.5).

The next day, May 3, UW swept Boston University in three eight-oared events. The varsity result: UW (5:42.4) overcame BU (5:48.9). The Wisco JV-8 (5:49.9) out ran BU (5:59.6). When the freshmen rowed, UW (6:00.15) defeated BU ( 6:18).

In the Eastern Sprints on May 17, with a slight cross-wind and UW in a windy outside lane, the varsity eight event was won by Penn (6:05), followed by Harvard (6:05.6), Penn (6:06.3), Yale (6:06.4), Northeastern (6:20.2) and UW (6:21.6). In the JV-8 race, Princeton (6:16.8) defeated Brown (6:20.6) and Wisco (6:22.7), Penn (6:24.7), Harvard (6:29.1) and Boston University. The frosh eight race went to Princeton ( 6:20), followed by Rutgers (6:24.1), Brown (6:24.4) and UW (6:30.2), Yale (6:33.60) and Dartmouth (6:37.20).

May 24, the Walsh Cup races in Annapolis. For the first time ever, UW swept all eight events. The varsity eight finish: UW (5:34.6) over Navy (5:37.4). In the JV-8, it was UW (5:41.7) and Navy (5:44.6). The frosh eight finish: UW (5:50.9) and Navy (5:57.8). Straight eights: UW (6:16.5) and Navy (6:21.3). Varsity 4 + results: UW (6:25.0) and Navy (6:37.4). Open 4+ results: UW (6:30.0) and Navy (6:31.8). In the frosh 4 +, the finish was UW (6:26.0) and Navy (6:42.8).


In the IRA’s:

Princeton “at a painful pace of 42 strokes to the minute, outrowed favored Washington over the last quarter of the 2,000 meters.” Final finish: Princeton (5:31.1), Washington, California, Penn, Northeastern and Georgetown. “Geoff Adamson, the ( Princeton) coxswain said ‘This was a very tough race. We were back and forth with them on the lead. With 700 meters to go I thought we had a little lead and at 500 meters I knew we had them. Yes, we took the stroke up and up.’ The stroke oar was Chris Ahrens, a member of the United States eight that won the world championships last summer.

Wisco’s varsity eight (5:44.2) was nipped for first second in the petite final behind Temple (5:44.0).

There were 12 other championships settled, four of them for women’s crews, as 600 rowers from 32 colleges raced under ideal conditions. Boats from the large Wisconsin contingent won five of these and Princeton took two others. The freshman heavyweight event went to California, and the women’s varsity eights race (went) to Wisconsin.

In the JV-8 event, the finish was Princeton (5:44.6), Wisco (5:46.6), Penn (5:48.8), Brown (5:50.6), Washington (5:51.9) and Navy (5:56.0).

UW’s pairs, without coxswains, varsity 4 - and freshman 4 + won at the IRA’s in times of 7.16.3; 6:34.1 and 6:33.3, respectively. The boating in the pairs: Nic Shilling and Pat Woerner. The open 4 + events, Wisco entries came in 2 nd and 3 rd (UW’s third was probably awarded the bronze, but only the points from the highest-finishing entry is counted toward the Ten Eyck standings). The varsity 4 + took a bronze for third place; Minnesota (6:35.3) won the event.

The Ten Eyck was won by Princeton.

Boatings of the three Badger winners:

  1998 Varsity 4 -
Bow Justin Baumann
2 Ira Simpson
3 John Cummings
Stroke Tom Flint


  1998 Frosh 4 +
Bow John Remington
2 Ed Golding
3 Nate Altfeather
Stroke Charles (Chuck) Roman
Cox Zach Gutt


  1998 Pairs-
Bow Nic Shilling
Stroke Pat Woerner


The UW men won more medals - a total of six gold, silver and bronze - than in any previous IRA over the last 99 years. Wisconsin also won the Robert Mulkay III Trophy for combined men’s and women’s team results for the second consecutive year. UW’s women had won the Camden County Freeholders Overall Points Trophy by placing first in both the varsity and JV-8 open weight events, 2 nd in the novice eight and 4 th in the highly competitive lightweight eight event.



Frosh 8 after winning Midwest:

L to R: Ken Price, Chad Tepley, John Shugart (kneeling), Logan McKay, Brian Bauer, Mike Seelen, Reed Kuehn, Jared Wayne, and Scott Alwin.

JV 8 at medals dock


Nelson Williams - Captain

Nelson Williams - Captain



Nathan Alwin
Matt Baldino
Justin Baumann
Mark Danahy
Matthew Darga
Thomas Flint
Zachary Franzen
Edward Kakas, III
Nicholas Latona
Michael Leonardi
Jeffrey Maples
Steven Neumann
Matthew Noordsij-Jones
Alexander Ressi de Cervia
Duncan Roberts
Gabe Rudert
Nicolis Schilling
Ira Simpson
Matthew Smith
Matthew Tucker
Paul Tegan
Timothy Teske
Nikolai Wedekind
Ryan Westergaard
Nelson Williams
Patrick Woerner


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