The good effect of the unusually long practice last fall can easily be seen this spring in the rowing, which is much better than that of a year ago; and if the crew can keep the immense advantage they have already obtained over their immediate predecessors, it will be a long step toward closing that terrible gap of June 30; but this can only be done by the greatest care and perseverance on the part of each individual in the boat. With the exception of stroke, they lack strength on the catch, and almost every man uses his arms too soon, a fault most easy to get in this stroke. Bancroft is inclined to hitch in the middle of the stroke, but is placed at a disadvantage by the others, who do not respond to his hard catch. Jacobs does not keep his oar-blade covered in the last part of his stroke, his hands coming in too low. Schwartz uses his arms too soon, and makes the last part of his feather too high. Brigham hurries his body forward, pauses, and catches just too late, in which fault he is followed by Legate; his back and shoulders are not firmly set, and he seems to lack control of his oar during the feather. Legate goes too far back and not far enough forward, as he still fails to let his body down between his thighs, when on the full reach. Smith and W. Le Moyne have each a tendency to dip, and to bury their oars too deep in the first part of the stroke. F. Le Moyne goes too far back, and does not sit up well at the finish. Through the boat, and particularly in the forward part, the finish is poor, rather worse than the beginning; there is a tendency to sliver, to row the last part of the stroke with the blade only partly covered, and to turn the oar before it is fairly out of the water; the whole finish is slovenly. This fault seems to be the worst, and till it is corrected, the crew cannot hope to row the shell steadily. Next to this, comes the dead catch; and till this is vivified, they cannot hope to row the shell fast. Mr. Loring is coaching them daily from the coxswain's seat, from another boat, and from the bank. His painstaking deserves and promises to be met with considerable success.
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