The varsity lightweights will open the Crimson rowing season this afternoon against Columbia on New York's Harlem River. Coach Fred Cabot's eight is favored, but the race will not be a pushover.
"I'm a little apprehensive," said Cabot, who is in his first year as varsity coach. Columbia defeated Princeton last week by three lengths, he explained, and in two time trials this week the Crimson recorded times that were not up to par. The JV's picked up a length and a half on the varsity during the week, and the freshman first boat managed to maintain a length handicap over the varsity in the time trial Thursday.
"The varsity could--and should--be going faster, but they have experience as an asset and I hope that will see them through," Cabot said. He said that the varsity was being slowed by a new shell, but added that this should pose no problem today.
The first boat, which has been rowing together for nearly a week, includes: junior Forney Hutchinson, at bow; senior Norman Weiss, at two; junior Charlie McClennen, at three; junior Dave Straus, at four; Captain and senior Rob Russell, at five; junior Jim MacMahon, at six; junior Mike MacKenzie, at seven; junior Dick Masland, at stroke; and senior Chris Hamilton at cox.
Rowing in the second boat will be: sophomore Sam Perry, at bow; junior Pete Cummin, at two; sophomore Pete Walker, at three; senior Bob Clement, at four; sophomore Tom Shapiro, at five; junior Sarg Cheever, at six; sophomore Stu Gauld, at seven; sophomore Galen Brewster, at stroke; and senior Dave Perkins, at cox.