Finding the Charles River Basin unexpectedly calm yesterday, seven Harvard crews were able to hold time trials over their respective distances for the first time this spring.
The University eight with A. A. Campbell '30 replacing J. De Wolf Hubbard '29 at No. 2 got away from the mark in front of the temporary bridge at 5 o'clock and rowing a 30-stroke beat reached the Harvard Bridge in 4 minutes 7 seconds. Pulling on to the last lap of the Henley distance, Captain John Watts '28 raised the stroke from that point on and sprinted the last part of the mile and three quarters distance, turning in a time of 10 minutes flat for the full course.
An hour earlier, the second University shell had covered the same distance in 10 minutes and eight seconds having raced to the Harvard bridge in four minutes and six seconds.
The first two 150 pound crews in their second race of the week, also took advantage of smooth waters in the Basin and the first shell, stroked by James de Normandie '29, finished the Henley distance in seven minutes and 19 seconds, defeating by four lengths the second eight, which had started the race with a two length handicap. Coach C. S. Heard '25 intends to change the men in the second boat after the race between the third and fourth crews this afternoon.
The first three Freshman crews raced the mile and three-quarters distance in the Basin in nine minutes and 48 seconds.