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Last Saturday the freshman crew began to practice rowing in the tank of the new Carey building. Until the end of last week attention was devoted exclusively to the improvement of the body-swing and the slide. Although those movements are not so well done as is desirable, it is now necessary for the men to learn to handle oars, in order to prepare for work on the river.
Little improvement has been made during the past two weeks; it is surprising how little control some of the men have over their bodies and legs-men who are called strong. It is probable that unless some of the larger men improve, some of the light fellows will have seats in the boat when the race takes place.
Of the first crew:
Keyes, stroke, reaches around with his left shoulder, hangs at the full reach and hunches his shoulders on the stroke.
Davis, No. 7, fails to sit up at the full reach and permits his slide to run to ward his heels after beginning the stroke.
Vail, No. 6, should hold up his head and get his oar into the water quicker.
Kelton, No. 5, is evidently not at home in the boat, but does pretty well considering the length of time he has rowed.
Earle, No. 4, is listless; not prompt in his motion and leans back too far in the stroke.
Cummings, No. 3, fails to swing out with the lower part of his body in the recover, and is not firm and quiet in the management of his arms; should hold up his head.
Hathaway, No. 2. rows as if he had rowed before under poor coaching; fails to swing out with his body in the recover, drops at the full reach and leans back too far in the stroke, is not prompt and precise in his movements.
Wood, bow, lets his body drop down at the full reach, is not prompt but hurries in his motion; time is very poor.
On the second crew:
Baldwin, stroke, recovers well but leans back too far during the stroke.
Batchelder, No. 7, fails to swing out well on the recover, and leans back too far on the stroke.
Slade, No. 6, does not move smoothly; would do better if he had more confidence in himself.
Miller, No. 5, has evidently rowed in single sculls and has to unlearn much; fails to sit up to his work and swings back too far.
Doe, No. 4, ought to do better; his motions are stiff and jerky; must swing out more freely on the recover.
Burgess. No. 3, hurries his recover.
Post, No. 2, is stiff in his motions; should be more prompt.
Parker and Jaggar both lack smoothness on the recover and lean back too far on the stroke.
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