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Superlative driving power and excellent oarsmanship drove the Cornell shells across the line ahead of the University and 1923 crews in the two two-mile races held Saturday on Lake Cayuga. In spite of a game fight put up by the first University eight, the Ithacan crew's superior rowing ability carried it across the finish line two lengths ahead of the Crimson boat. The Freshmen were outclassed by the Red and White yearlings, who rowed home nine lengths ahead of the '23 outfit. The oarsmanship of the Cornell eights was characterized by smooth blade work and wonderful driving power at the finish that fairly lifted the boat out of the water at the end of the stroke.
University Eights Lose Lead
The University oarsmen pulled ahead a little at the start of their race, when both crews rowed a 38 stroke and had a lead of a few feet at the hundred-yard mark. At the quarter-mile mark, however, the two eights were practically even and rowing stroke for stroke. The Red and White crew then put up its stroke a few notches and at the half-mile had a lead of half a length. In spite of the efforts of the University men the Cornell boat continued to draw ahead, until at the half-way mark it was a length ahead. This lead was increased to a quarter of a length of open water at the mile and a quarter mark, and at the finish the Ithacans were two lengths ahead.
1923 Crew Left Far Behind
The Freshman race from start to finish was a walkaway for the Cornell boat. Up to the quarter-mile mark the two crews were very nearly even, but from that time on the Cornell yearlings pulled steadily ahead with better blade work and superior driving power. The lead was gradually increased until the finish line, when the Ithacan '23 outfit crossed the line nine lengths ahead of the Crimson Freshmen.
The line-ups of the crews were as follows:
Harvard First Crew--Bow, Davis; 2, Duncan; 3, Appleton; 4, McCagg; 5, Burden; 6, Terry; 7, Damon; stroke, Jenney; coxswain, Pierson.
Cornell First Crew--Bow, Young; 2, Shepard; 3, Wipperman; 4, Daley; 5, Buckley; 6, Linnell; 7, Baldwin; stroke, Knight; coxswain, Marx.
Cornell Freshman Crew--Bow, Hoffman; 2, Garnsey; 3, Scheanan; 4, Fix; 5, Dollbaum; 6, Hough; 7, Calleson; stroke, Wheeler; coxswain, Miller.
Harvard Freshman Crew--Bow, Garland; 2, Bradford; 3, Fiske; 4, Self; 5, W. B. Wood; 6, Morgan; 7, Kunhardt; stroke, Ohl; coxswain, Badger.
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