Crimson Leads Eli Eight by a Quarter Length as Princeton Trails--First Victory Over Yale Since 1922

Dudley Merrill '26 and his seven mates marred a perfect performance of the Yale crews on Lake Carnegie Saturday. By finishing the Henley distance of one mile and five-sixteenths eight feet ahead on the 150-pound eight of Yale, the Crimson, in the only event of the regatta in which it was entered, denied Yale four victories in one afternoon and evened the score in the annual 150-pound Harvard-Yale-Princeton races commenced in 1922, Princeton taking the race in that year and the Eli's last. This is the first crew victory over Yale since the spring of 1922.

The 150-pound race began late in the afternoon under excellent weather conditions. Harvard and Princeton took the lead from Yale at the very outset, but after the high start stroke had been dropped by all three, it was found that Yale was rowing a stroke two beats lower than either the Crimson or the Orange and Black. At the half-mile mark both had open water on the Elis. From this point on Princeton weakened, Harvard remained the same, and Yale improved.

At the mile mark the University 150's had less than a length upon Yale who were beside the Princetonians. All three strokes increased the pace. Yale cut down the Harvard lead while Princeton lagged consistently. shortly before the finish, Yale, less, than half a length behind, caught a light crab, which might have given victory to the Blue. As it was, they finished about a quarter length behind the Crimson shell, while Princeton came in two lengths behind Yale. The times were: Harvard, 8.50; Yale, 8.51 4-5; Princeton, 8.58 2-5.