The good showing of the freshmen in the scratch races last Saturday morning, both in style of rowing and in numbers, has awakened an interest in their welfare. Although it is too early to prophesy much, still a glance at the candidates will show that there exists fine material from which hard work and strict attention may form an excellent eight. The men, however, must be cautioned that the strictest regularity in coming to the gymnasium is necessary; it will never do for a man to present himself for a day or two and then be absent for the rest of the week. The captain complains of this irregularity, that. out of the thirty-five men who have signed their names as candidates, only three eights, and some times but two. can be got together in the gymnasium. It is to be hoped that, after foot-ball has ceased for the season, more men will be willing to train regularly. The crew are at present rowing without the slides and with stiff arms most of the time. The men are heavy, stocky and muscular, but somewhat stiff and awkward in their movements. The first eight are now rowing in the following order: Bow, Smith; 2, Lincoln; 3, Foote; 4 Delafield; 5, Ayer; 6, Borland (capt.); 7, Barnes; stroke. Harris. Stroke has an easy, regular motion, but might get a longer reach with advantage. Seven's time is rather poor and he is apt to swing back rather too far. Four and five bend their arms too soon and shoot their hands up instead of straight out, as they ought. Three is very apt to get out of time, but his form is good generally. Two does not keep control of his neck, and bow does not put life enough into his stroke. Throughout the boat there is a looseness in managing the arms, but the time is generally good, and the backs are kept straight and in good form. On the whole, the crew is progressing as well as could be expected, and if proper work is done, there will be no need of '86 taking the usual freshman position in the spring races. B.
THE FRESHMAN CREW.
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