Fall rowing was officially brought to a close when the coaches in the various branches of crew work at the University sent their best eights over the Basin course yesterday afternoon.
In the first race, over the mile and seven eighths distance, Coach Muller entered his two University crews along with Coach Brown's class crew, Coach William Haines' Sophomore 150-pound eight, and Coach Bert Haines' Freshman B. University A won this event by a safe margin.
The feature of the contest, however, was the rowing of the Sophomore 150-pound crew. Starting off at a high pace, Coach William Haines' light eight took the lead for the first few hundred yards, and only surrendered it after the first quarter mile mark to Class A. This distance was soon made up and the 1925 oarsmen shot past their opponents near the Harvard Bridge, going under the arch nearly even with University A.
It was at this stage that Coach Muller's men showed the advantage of their superior weight and staying power, and they increased their lead slowly to the end, having a margin of more than a length at the finish line. Class A came in slightly behind the Sophomore crew, with University B nearly three lengths back and Freshman B bringing up the rear. The time was 10 minutes, 28 seconds.
In the second race between Freshman A, the Freshman 150-pound crew, and Combination 1, the latter won in the good time of 10 minutes 50 seconds.
At the rowing meeting held last Thursday in New York City by the American Rowing Association, Dr. R. H. Howe Jr. '01, Director of Rowing, Mr. Clement B. Wood '98, of Philadelphia, Pa, and Manager Sheridan Logan '23 represented the University. This first meeting proved so successful that it will probably be an annual affair. All the different colleges represented were able to adjust their schedules to the mutual satisfaction of each other. The date of the Childs Cup race was set for April 28, and of the American Henley for May 26. The schedule for the 150-pound class was also decided upon. At the suggestion of Dr. Howe the stewards of the American Rowing Association offered a cup for an intercollegiate single sculls race at the American Henley, and Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Pennsylvania delegates have intimated that their colleges will enter single scullers.
Dr. Howe has always been desirous of increasing the interest in sculling at the University, since he became director of rowing, and it is due to his interest that the sport has become so popular in the last year. When the doctor began his work at the University about 200 men were using sculls on the river, but there has been such an increase in the popularity of the sport that this fall some 600 men had shells on the river.