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At the request of the CRIMSON, Captain C. T. Abeles '13 of the University crew has reviewed the rowing season up to date and has commented briefly on the outlook for the season as follows:
The rowing season of 1913 is now well under way. For the past week three University and three Freshman boats have been out on the water daily. During the first part of the week, the small amount of open water made necessary work of only the lightest order. Now, however, the river is entirely open and in the last few days the rows have been longer and, consequently, more satisfactory.
In view of the short time the crews have been on the river, the work has been surprisingly good. The customary crudeness, characteristic of early rowing, is to a great extent lacking. The men have taken good advantage of the work on the machines and in the tank, and seem to be now at a stage unusually advanced for this time of year. The prospects on the whole are bright. There is an abundance of good material to fill up the places of the five members of last year's eight who graduated last June, and the competition for the vacant seats will be keen, a factor which in itself is advantageous.
Heavy Schedule This Spring.
The schedule of races for the coming season is the heaviest undertaken by a University boat for some years. In addition to the New London regatta on June 20 there have been scheduled, subject to the approval of the athletic committee, two other races. On May 10 the University crew rows against Princeton and Pennsylvania over the and one seven-eights mile course in the Charles River Basin. Two weeks later, on May 24, the annual race with Cornell will take place. The schedule for the Freshman eight is the same as that of the Varsity with the exception that on May 10 it will row against the Pennsylvania crew only, Princeton being unable to send up a freshman boat. In addition to these races, the second University eight will probably meet the Annapolis second crew on the Severn some time late in April, and will also take part in the American Henley regatta at Philadelphia in May. Consequently, when the squad leaves for New London it will have a considerable amount of valuable racing experience.
It is far too early to make any definite prophecies as to the speed of the University boat. If, however, everything develops smoothly there is every reason to hope that the standard of rowing will be as high, if not higher, than that of recent years.
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