The order of the Freshman crew has been constantly changed during the spring owing to illness and unforeseen set backs, and as a result the crew is not yet together. The shell built by Davy has proved very unsatisfaetory, as it not only settles badly and lacks stiffness, but seems to drag. The new '99 shell has been loaned to the Freshmen and will probably be used in the race. It is much stiffer than the Freshman shell and holds the crew out much better.
The crew as a whole is keeping better time than it has been, and the boat is kept fairly well on her keel. The time of the port side, however, is poor. The men do not reach very far forward, and in this way shorten the stroke somewhat. Their leg drive is good, but they are still apt to rush at the end of their recover.
The crew is a very strong one, and if it can keep well together, should be fast.
Following is a criticism of the men individually:
Locke, stroke, was laid off after the Worcester race, for a rest, but rowed again in the boat yesterday. He is an excellent stroke-oar, but is apt to row out of the boat at times.
J. Lawrence, No. 7, fails to swing in with his shoulders and is often behind stroke. He is the strongest oar in the boat.
Peyton, No. 6, is also a powerful oar, but is apt to quicken on the stroke and in this way fails to steady his crew.
Lond, No. 5, has improved a great deal of late but is still very stiff with his arms. He follows stroke well.
Gilchrist, No. 4, has changed from starboard to port, and is doing much better at his new position.
Endicott, No. 3, is one of the best men in the boat, though he is apt to crouch down at the full reach.
Whitney, No. 2, pulls a strong oar, but keeps poor time.
Hawkins, bow, is apt to shorten the stroke; his blade and body work are excellent.
The substitutes are Frost, Lyman, Talbot and J. S. Lawrence.