DERBY DATA By Washout
It wasn't really a clean sweep. Racing Friday afternoon, a group of Harvard substitutes, paced by 150-pound Frank Cunningham, bowed to a similar Eli group over a gruelling quarter-mile course. Veteran observers, however, said if the course had been stretched to a half, a Harvard victory would have ensued.
Of the nine men who rowed in the Varsity boat, only three will be back next spring according to present plans. Captain Ted Lyman, Hallet Whitman and Johnny Erskine will all graduate this June, and Juniors Pop Jenks, Dave Challinor, and Tommy Boynton will graduate either in September or February.
That leaves only newly-elected Captain Bus Curwen, Johnny Richardson, and Scho Andrews on whom Bolles may count, and that means that next year Tom will have to build from the very bottom.
Curwen was elected in a veritable Griswold-on-wheels dining car in which the Varsity and Jayvees had their victory dinner. Also along were members of the track and tennis squads, who did not have as much cause for celebration as the oarsmen.
All Around Athlete
Curwen's athletic prowess is well known, and he is probably the best athlete in the Class of '43. In his Freshman year he captained both the swimming team and the crew, but, unlike his brother before him who gave up crew for swimming, Bus turned his attention to crew, keeping swimming as a purely secondary attraction.
The Varsity's win marked a lot of things. 1. It concluded a second straight undefeated season for Harvard. 2. It ran the Varsity's domination over the Elis to seven straight, one better than the previous existing record of six in a row, which Harvard and Yale had each attained three times before. 3. It ran to 21 straight the number of victories scored by the Harvard heavies over Yale. 4. It marked the last time for the duration that Yale crews will race other colleges.
With the conclusion of Yale's outside rowing, Ed Leader, coach of Yale's Olympic crews and master of the Crimson in the pre-Bolles era, retired from active rowing. He is not left out in the cold, is have been some other Eli mentors, but will be retained in a sort of advisory rowing capacity.
Follow the Leader
This means that whoever is chosen to succeed Leader will not have a clear hand at his job, and it was just this sort of trouble, outside pressure, either from the graduates or the Y. A. A., preventing a coach from doing what he wanted with his squad, which was supposed to have caused all the trouble with Yale's football coaches. Now it looks as though the crew squad might be headed for some of he same.
Saturday marked the last time that five Juniors will row together. Harvey Love seated his undefeated 1943 boat with Boynton, Curwen, Challinor, Richardson, and Jenks in the positions they held against Yale, and none of them have yet been beaten by anybody.
Derby's two mile course is not a straight one, but the curves equalize each other, so that the crews start and finish approximately even. It is so narrow, though, that it must be difficult to race three eights there, and four should be impossible.