"To tell you
the truth," he said, "my stroke knew we could win all along, and I did,
too." He might have added that, had he spread this around before the IRA
final, nobody would have believed him; Cornell had lost five of its last six
Like most rowing
coaches nowadays, Jesdale teaches a relatively low rate of strokes, sacrificing
"speed" for power. A new Stampfli shell also may have had something to
do with Cornell's unlikely victory.
"We got a good
start for a change," said Jesdale, manipulating a beer can he had been
creasing for hours. "That's right," agreed Coxswain Jeffrey Cornett,
"and we made it stand up."
As Jesdale walked
rather dazedly about the boathouse, someone asked his age. He turned to his
wife. "Let's see, I'm not sure. Honey, how old am I?" Mrs. Jesdale gave
the question some thought. "I guess you're about 31," she finally
After the race a
newspaperman said to Wetherill, "Dave, would you mind answering a few
know," replied Wetherill. "This is the first time a writer ever asked
Trying a little
repechage of its own, the press learned that Wetherill is 25, has served in the
Marines and is a student of agricultural science.
Some farmer. Some
Michalson of Brown, whose eight finished fourth ahead of Rutgers and a Navy
crew that had borrowed too heavily on its grit, came by to slap Jesdale on the
back. "Sorry we couldn't all win," said Jesdale, sounding as if he did
so every week.