The freshman race with Columbia '87, which was postponed from Wednesday, June 25, was rowed on the following day an hour or so after the university race with Yale. Many of the spectators remained to see this race, and sixty or seventy of them, mostly '87 men, hired a large tug and witnessed the race from that. Much delay was caused by the drifting of the starting skiffs, and it was not until quarter past five that the word was given. The Columbia men were much lighter than the Harvard crew, but rowed in beautiful form. The start was even, Columbia rowing 42 and Harvard 39 strokes to the minute. It was soon evident that Columbia's stroke was more effective, as they drew away from the Harvard men with apparent ease despite the good rowing of the latter. From the end of the first quarter of a mile it was a procession for Columbia, who gamed steadily until the end, the crew crossing the line more than four lengths ahead in 9 minutes, 43 seconds. This was remarkably fast time, the best on the Thames for two miles, but is explained by the fact that the teed was then running about five miles an hour, and the wind was also favorable.
The Freshman Race with Columbia.
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