Fall rowing officially ended as ten mixed crews chosen at random among Varsity and 150 pound oarsmen flashed to a photo-finish yesterday and the Harvard Club of Boston paid tribute to 1938's championship boats in a testimonial dinner.
The double occasion marked the victory of Stroke Bill Rowe's crew on the Charles and official tribute to Stroke spike Chace's eight which last year out rowed every opponent, climaxing the season with a victory over Yale.
Bolles Optimistic For '39
At the dinner Coach Tom Bolles was optimistic about the prospects for the spring season, praising the Sophomores who will probably take the places left vacant by the graduation of five of the 1938 boat.
He named five strokes, one of whom will be called upon to fill Chace's position. They are Bill Rowe, Barr Comstock, Jim Curwen, Colt, Wagner, and Jack Wilson.
Among those who landed Bolles' work were Toastmaster Robert F. Herrick '90, Captain Dud Talbot, Elliott Cutler, Mosely Professor or Surgery, Dick Harlow, and William J. Bingham, director of athletics.
Harlow Likes Crew
"I doubt if there is a more earnest admirer of crew at Harvard than myself," said Harlow. Of last year's undefeated record, he added: "I think it was grand."
At the same time Captain Talbot revealed that the crew had received an invitation to row in San Francisco after the 1938 season against Washington, California, and U. C. L. A.
In the afternoon regatta Rowe's boat finished a length ahead of its nearest competitor after taking an early lead over the mile course. Stroke Wagner's boat was in second place, closely followed by the swingers paced by Comstock. Jack Wilson's aggregation was clocked in fourth place.
Vince Bailey's shell followed Wilson's as Dean's and Hazard's trailed his lightweight crew. The three who brought up the rear were, in sequence, those stroked by Hinchcliffe, Rogers, and Bodell. It was Comstock's boat which crossed the line first last year.