The Princeton Tigers expect to offer the varsity heavyweight crew its toughest competition of the season when the two meet with M.I.T. and Rutgers this Saturday in the annual Compton Cup race.
According to the Tiger coach, the Princeton crew is one of the best produced. When the Orange and Black came from behind for an exciting victory over Navy last week, it seemed that he was not exaggerating in his praise. Last Saturday, however, while rowing the shorter Henley distance at Philadelphia, the crew failed in its comeback bid after "catching a crab" during its final sprint at 40 strokes per minute.
The strength of the Crimson eight is still hard to estimate. "If we row up to our ability we can give them one helluva race," Coach Harvey Love said
Injuries have troubled the heavyweights this week. One man is out with a cold, another with a bad back. Therefore, the squad has had only light workouts and did not take its normal time trial during the middle of the week. Love said he did not expect this to set the boat seriously back. He believes all the men should be healthy for the race.
In the varsity lightweight contest at Dartmouth tomorrow the Crimson probably will experience little trouble. The race will be rowed downstream on the swift Connecticut so that the time for the mile and five-sixteenths Henley course is about five minutes rather than the seven it takes on the Charles.
Freshmen Expect Win
The Freshman heavyweight crew will also be travelling to Princeton. Judging from their past performance, Coach Bill Leavitt doesn't expect that Princeton, M.I.T. or Rutgers will offer strong opposition to the Crimson.
The second Freshman lightweights will race M.I.T. and the third heavyweight freshmen will row against Dartmouth, providing some action on the Charles this weekend.
At Kent the second Freshman heavyweight crew will row in a regatta that includes the Princeton and Yale second Freshmen and the Kent School crew