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Yesterday afternoon the B. A. A. crew won the two mile race with the Harvard 'varsity by superior watermanship and dash in the first mile of the race. At four o'clock a strong wind was blowing down the course making a choppy sea at the Union Boat House. The time of starting was, therefore, delayed till the conditions had become more favorable. At 4.50 both crews were on the line and at 4.57 the start was made. B. A. A. instantly jumped ahead for a few feet and then both crews settled down rowing 36 strokes to the minute. B. A. A., however, evidently had the best of it at this point for her superior watermanship told in the rough water, and there was a noticeable length and power in the middle of her stroke which the Harvard crew lacked. The crews remained in about the same position for the first three-quarters of a mile, B. A. A. leading by about half a length, but as they neared the Harvard Bridge both crews spurted magnificently but again B. A. A. had the distinct advantage and when the crews came out on the other side of the Harvard Bridge Harvard was a length and a half behind.
From this point until the end of the race, B. A. A's lack of training began to tell and their work became sensibly weaker and more ragged and Harvard by repeated spurts began gradually to close up the gap. There was energy enough, however, in B. A. A. to enable them to drive the stroke up to 40 in answer to Harvard's 38 and later 40 to the minute stroke. As both crews neared the line, it was impossible to tell from the launch which was ahead, and it was not until the judge at the finish for Harvard had shouted to the referee, Mr. F. Peabody, that B. A. A.'s nose was 10 feet in front of the Harvard boat that B. A. A. was officially declared the winner.
The greatest praise is due to the B. A. A. crew for the magnificent contest which they put up. Nothing could have been finer than the way in which they answered Harvard's spurt in the last half mile and kept it up until they had won by ten feet.
Bullard and Jennings, stroke and seven in the Harvard boat, deserve special praise for the way in which they kept the crew together. Beginning with six and running through all the bow men, there was noticeable a heavy catch, with very little length and drive to the stroke. So much was this the character of the stroke that at times it was distinctly noticeable that B. A. A. kept her oars in the water longer and with much better effect than did the men in the Harvard boat. This fact counted immensely in the first mile against the strong head wind.
A considerable number of people witnessed the start. The Harvard Bridge was fairly well crowded and at the finish where the numbers were smallest the cheering was intense.
The following was the make up of the two crews:
HARVARD. B. A. A.
Bullard, 165 Stroke, Crowninshield, 151.
Jennings, 184 7 Jones, 156.
Stevenson, 176 6 Davis, 178.
Perkins, 178 5 Cummings, 175.
Ames, 174 4 Blake, 163.
Goodrich, 170 3 Horton, 168.
Hollister, 172 2 Tudor, 146.
Chatman, 165 Bow, Guild, 157.
Rust, 110, Cox, Huidekoper '97.
The officials of the race were: Referee, Mr. F. Peabody. Umpire for Harvard, Mr. Watson.
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