CREWS ROUNDING INTO SHAPE FOR FIRST RACE
University Oarsmen Rest Yesterday While Second Eight Gets Special Attention--Freshmen Correct Faults and Show Good Form in Practice
The three crews which will leave tomorrow night for Princeton for the triangular race with Annapolis and Princeton on Lake Carnegie are fast being brought to top-notch form. Practice for the past week has been greatly upset by the lack of good rowing conditions on the Basin, a fact which has kept the coaches from carrying out the plans which they had made. Long paddles up-river with short, hard spurts at a high stroke, have, however, enabled the coaches to correct faults in from which might not have been defected in the usual practice.
University A did not row at all as an eight yesterday. Instead, the men went out in pair-oars and took the afternoon easy. As a result, most of Coach Haines' attention was given to the second crew, an eight which has shown great development during the past week, and is not at all the same crew which the Freshmen defeated so disastrously not long since. Coach, expressed as "highly satisfactory" the work of the eight in its last few workouts.
Dr. Howe was very much encouraged by the showing the first 1924 crew made yesterday. He put it through the usual workout, Amory varying the stroke as he pleased. Yesterday's coaching was chiefly concerned with perfecting the final drive with the legs. The result was new power which added to the speed of the crew. Since its definite formation almost a month ago, the 1924 eight has shown great potential strength and ability. A tendency to rush the stroke, manifested in Saturday's race, was corrected in Monday's workout and the eight, which will have no more hard work before Saturday, stands ready to meet Princeton stamped as one of the good yearling crews of the last decade.
Shells Leave Today
After today's practice, the shells which the crows will use will be started on their way to Lake Carnegie. University A will use the new Sims shell, and B the boat which the first University eight rowed in last year.
In a half-mile race with the Rindge Technical four-oar yesterday the Freshman four, Crow 6, came out one and one-half lengths ahead, rowing a much higher or stroke the whole distance