Red Top, Conn., June 9.--Against a strong head wind, the Second and Freshman crews raced over the upper two miles of the course on the Thames today in the first brush of the year between these two eights. Coach Stevens Junior boat crossed the line a length ahead of Captain Watts' Freshman shell.
The victory of the Second eight was somewhat in the nature of a surprise to the followers of rowing here. Following a complete shakeup after the Pennsylvania-Cornell-M. I. T. regatta on May 9, the Crimson first-year oarsmen have been responding to Coach Haines' tutoring, and a Freshman eight as formidable as any in recent years will face Yale on the morning of June 19. The Junior oarsmen rowed one of their best races of the year today, and a noticeable improvement in their form, rather than a let-down by the Freshmen was responsible for their victory.
Wind Hampers Race
The winning shell was timed in 11 minutes and 33 seconds for the two mile distance. This comparatively slow performance was due to the strong wind which hampered the progress of the shells. The race was rowed down-stream beginning at the upper two mile limit. In commenting on the work of the two crews, Coach Stevens declared that both eights did very well, but that the Second combination was the better today.
University Has Strong Workout
A long paddle in the morning was the order for the University and Combination crews today. In the afternoon Captain Kelley's eight rowed the four mile distance to the railroad bridge, and after a short rest, came back over the course. For practically the entire distance Winthrop rowed at a 28 stroke, raising it at the end to a 34 beat. Since the oarsmen were already fatigued after the row downstream, no effort was made to clock the First shell on the upstream row.
Yale completed its first row over the course here today, and while the time of the Blue crew was not announced, it was reported as being fast. Remarkably favorable conditions prevailed when the Eli oarsmen started up stream tonight at 7 o'clock in their time spin. A slight following wind, together with some assistance from the tide helped the Yale boat on its four mile row, and the futility of comparisons is realized here more than ever by the varying conditions which greet each new time trial. A faster performance by Captain Wilson's crew today was expected, but an accurate judgment on the relative speed of the Crimson and Blue crews on the basis of time trials to date is absolutely meaningless.
In the Yale camp at Gales Ferry, a number of the oarsmen have turned newspapermen, and are publishing daily a paper of training camp news called "Gales Ferry Wow." The contributing oarsmen are also editors of the Yale Record and the Yale News, who have turned their hand to brightening the grind of the training camp through the medium of a humorous publication. Laughlin, stroke of the Yale crew, and also a cartoonist of considerable ability has made a decided hit with his caricatures.
Tonight Coach Leader will show motion pictures taken during practice a week ago.