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The crew has been making good improvement lately, and though they can hardly be called a fast crew, are by no means hopeless. They have been rowing from 32 to 36 strokes a minute lately, and in good water cover pretty good spaces. Whether they will prove faster than last year's crew or not depends upon the improvement they make.
As a whole the crew may be said to have a poor finish. Although they sit up well and do not bury their boat at the finish, they are clumsy with their oars, so that they back water and splash when they take their oars out. They also fail to get a hard, vicious shove from the stretcher at the beginning and all through the stroke, and the crew is not well together. The men and approximate weights are as follows:
Stroke, J. P. Hutchinson '90, (capt.) 155
7. B. T. Tilton '90, 187
6. G. H. Kelton 93, 192
5. R. D. Upham '90, 185
4. T. N. Perkins '91, 164
3. J. H. Goddard '92, 178
2. F. B. Winthrop '91, 160
Bow. G. L. Nelson Sp., 162
Average, 172 7-8
Coxswain, H. M. Batelle '93, 100
These men have been rowing together since shortly after the class races and will no doubt row in the Yale race. The faults of the individuals are somewhat as follows: stroke, keeps his oar too near the water and often hits it; he keeps his oar feathered too long, drops down at the full reach and hangs; yanks in his arms at the finish. Seven is slow in getting out his oar and swings out on the recover; rows well. Six keeps his oar too high on the recover, especially at the full reach; as a consequence he clips. Swings out on the recover and often kicks his slide out behind him so far that he fails to keep his weight on the stretcher. Five over-reaches and hangs; feathers his oar too flat and keeps it so till the full reach. Four catches too hard and swings back too far; otherwise pretty good. Three, apt to drop down at the full reach and rows too much with his arms. Two is weak at the finish and consequently rather ineffective. Gets his oar in pretty well but is very short. Bow, very short, catches too hard and lifts at the catch; breaks his arms in too soon.
The men are all undoubtedly strong, control their slides pretty well and know what a four mile course is. On these acconts there is absolutely no reason why they should not make a very great improvement in speed in the next few weeks. The launch in doing very well. It is unusual that a Harvard launch should run for a whole month without getting blown up. The following men are rowing as substitutes: Rantoul '92, Jones '92, Powers '92, Porter '92,
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