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Leaving his first crew intact, but changing the rigging of the second boat and putting Saltonstall in the pace-setter's seat of a starboard-stroked shell, Coach Stevens started the University crews yesterday on a week of intensive preparation for the race with Annapolis, M.I.T., and Cornell on Saturday.
Although the first eight was left behind by both Pennsylvania and M.I.T. last Saturday, no change is planned in the boating. The same crew that pulled across the finish line three-quarters of a length behind the Teach crew three days ago will go once more against the Engineers, eager for revenge.
The-second crew, however, was shifted in startling fashion. Only one actual replacement took place, Howe supplanting Scudder, but the rigging of the boat was altered so that Saltonstall, rugged number 7 man could set the stroke and still pull a starboard oar.
Howe, who has been on the third crew most of the season, moved to 7 on the seconds, with Scudder going to stroke on the third eight.
Seconds Not to Race
The junior University combination is not scheduled to race this Saturday, and so the Saltonstall-stroked combination will go to Red Top untried by outside competition. Yesterday the crew boated in an old shell, rowed at a very slow and easy stroke, and went better than it has for some time.
The second crew is now seated as for lows: Stroke, Saltonstall; 7, Howe; 6, Iselin; 5, Weymer; 4, Amest; 3, Canning; 2, Murchie; bow Perkins; coxswain Pforzheimer.
Similar Shift in 1922
The change in rigging recalls a similar shift made four years ago, when Captain Appleton a starboard oar, was placed at stroke in mid-season with the shell's rigging being changed accordingly. Although the second crew rowed in an old boat yesterday, their regular shell is having its rigging changed and they will probably row in it today.
Coach Stevens contemplates no change in the lineup of the first crew. Although the Navy eight, victor over both Pennsylvania and M.I.T. by wide margins earlier in the season, seems almost certain to win Saturday's race the Crimson crew is confident that it will make a better showing than it did last week. If Captain Winthrop's eight remains within hailing distance of the Annapolls shell, and does better against Tech than last week, there is little likelihood that there will be any changes in the lineup.
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