Hobbs, M. K. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 27, Number 10 (Aug. 1926)
Bridgman, L. W.
A memorable freshman race, pp. 340-341
0August, 1926 A Memorable Freshman Race By L. W. BRIDGMAN, 'o6 JACING crews of the present meet many difficulties in conditioning for the crucial day on the Hudson. There is evidence annually that Wiscon- sin must overcome serious obstacles in training for the supreme test of the year. The history of rowing at Wisconsin is a story of grinding work, for nine long months, to meet the challenge of the nation's most powerful oarsmen at Poughkeepsie. In former years, as now, there were Cardinal crews which faced and upheld the highest traditions of rowing at Wis- consin. It is about one of these that we write. "Andy" O'Dea, "Pat's" brother, was the veteran crew coach in that period. He is reputed never to have got less than a second or a third at Pough- keepsie. The recent class reunions on the campus centered attention on. the i9o6 class crew which, on June 26, 1903, in competition with one of "Old Man" Courtney's most powerful eights and with Syracuse, about equally strong, raced the fastest two miles down stream that has ever been timed on the Hudson. Never before nor since was ,its record for this distance equalled. These freshman oarsmen were as fol- lows: George S. Cortelyou, bow; Wil- liam M. Conway, 2; Hugo A. Kuehm- sted, 3; Guy M. Johnson, 4;ý Ralph D. Hetzel, 5; T. E.jVan Meter, 6; B. B. Burling, 7; F. Ellis Johnson, stroke; Walter Harry NcNaily, coxwain; Max Bodenbach and Frank A. Kennedy, subs. In this famous race Cornell finished first, Syracuse second, and Wisconsin third, with only a length separating Wisconsin from the leaders. The other crews, Columbia and Pennsylvania, trailed far in the rear. How was it done? It might better be asked: How could Wisconsin have done it as they did-with a borrowed shell to take the place of a boat disabled just before the race? 340
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