With the calling out of the class crews today the regular spring boating season begins. With the exception of the candidates for the Freshman crew and some twelve men whom Captain Goodrich has been coaching in the tank, none of the rowing men in College have begun training. The arrangement this year is not to form the 'Varsity crew until after the class races. These races will come just before the Easter vacation this year, about three weeks earlier than formerly. By this plan the candidates are all subjected to a thorough trying out process upon an equal basis; they are given more racing and the period of training for the great race in June is shortened to about seven weeks. The object of such a plan is twofold: to guard against the chances of overtraining a crew by reason of a long monotonous period of work, and to give the men who finally make up the crew racing ability.
This is the first time that all the availbale rowing material in College has come out for the class crews, as heretofore the picked men from each class were taken to the 'Varsity squad at once, and in consequence these eights should prove exceptionally strong this year.
'98, '99, 1900 profit about equally by this new order of things. The Senior crew will have three of last year's 'Varsity crew, Captain Goodridge, Perkins No. 5, and Bull No. 2. The Junior boat will also have three men from the '97 'Varsity, Perkins No 6, Boardman stroke, and Marvin bow. The Sophomore crew has the great advantage of keeping together their entire Freshman crew of last year.
Captain Cabot of last year's football team will be a candidate for the '98 crew, and Rice, Adams, Marvin, Wadsworth, Moulton, Kinnicutt, and Fuller of last year's crew will also try. Other men are Dubois, Wood, Riggs, Hennen, Butler, Robinson, Dobyns and Bancroft.
Ninety-nine will have Thomson and Whitbeck, substiutes on the 'Varsity last year, and Blake, who stroked one of the trial eights. Swift, Donald, Sampson and Holden of the Freshman crew, and Adams who rowed last year. Coleman, Conroy, Garrett and Davis of the Weld crew will also be candidates.
1900 will have the entire Freshman crew and substitutes. Other candidates who have done some rowing are: Clark, Talbot, Swain, Palmer and Pierce. These men are only the most prominent candidates, and there is every chance for men who have not rowed before to win a seat in one of the boats this spring. Beside the regular class crews, men will be retained to form class fours which will have a race at the same time as the regular eights. The other candidates will be made up into second-class eights which will row at the Weld Bost Club.
From the total number of candidates 20 men will be selected in April after the recess, to form the 'Varsity and second crews. Later, in May, a second race will be held of class crews formed after the provisional selection of the 'Varsity material. 16 men will go to New London.