If conscientious endeavor and hard work avail anything, the sophomore crew is bound to make a creditable showing on the river next month. Captain Burgess's efforts to bring the men into good rowing form have been unflagging, and considering the fact that he has had a number of new men under him, these efforts have been quite successful. The crew which will row in the class races next May will have to be made up largely of new men, as probably not more than four of the old crew will have seats in the boat. It therefore behooves the new men to do their best. It is possible that one or two 'varsity men will join the crew, but not more than one or two. For last ten days the crew have been rowing the slide, and Saturday the full stroke was rowed for the first time.
During the last two months, Hight, Gardiner, Perry, Alexander, Earle and Keyes have given some attention to the crew, and at present Captain Burgess coaches the men. In general, it may be said that the time of the men is good at full reach, but not on the finish. The men do not sit up high enough, and do not make the last part of the recover of finish firm enough. The crew, however, shows much earnestness and has a very fair idea of beat. The following is a list of the men, with their positions, weights, and mention of their principal faults:
First crew-Stroke, Miller, 156. He reaches round with his left shoulder and does not keep his back straight at full reach. His body is not steady at the finish, he meets his oar, hurries his finish, and does not keep his oar high enough at full reach. Otherwise his rowing is very good.
7, Davis, 166. He does not shoot hard enough nor does he keep his body still. In other respects he pulls a good oar.
6, Slade, 174. He does not swing out far enough, draws too fast, and is slow at full reach.
5, Maynard, 154. He is stiff, breaks his arms too soon, does not swing from his hips, is very slow at full reach, hurries his finish, is slow on his shoot, and kicks his slide out.
4, Hathaway, 158. Has just resumed training so that he is not open to as much criticism as the other men. He goes back too far, is slow at full reach (an old fault), and hurries his finish.
3. Brewer, 152. He does not straighten his arms when he shoots, is lifeless in his movements, loses his body swing during the slide and recover, is very slow at full reach and shoot, carries his oar too low at full reach, and kicks his slide out.
2, Hand, 157, is a new man and, for a new man, is rowing very well. He hunches his shoulders at finish, however, hurries his recover, and as a result does not gather himself at full reach. He catches well but is apt to kick his slide out.
Bow, Baldwin, 137. He is slow at shoot and catch, does not straighten his arms out or row his stroke out.
Of the substitutes, Pike, 160, is acting as stroke at present. He is stiff, does not swing from his hips, meets his oar, and kicks his slide out.
7, Curtis, 137. He has much life and dash, but does not swing from his hips. He breaks his arm too soon and meets his oar at the finish.
6, Bisbee, 155 is a strong man and if he would only work hard enough, there is no reason why he should not get into the boat. But he is lifeless, has no idea of beat, goes back too far, breaks his arms too soon, and kicks his slide out.
5, Emmett, 154. He does not keep his arms straight, meets his oar, overreaches with his shoulders, and is slow at full reach and shoot.
4, Post, 155, is an old man. He exhibits some stiffness, however, does not keep his back straight, and is slow at full reach and catch.