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The temporary addition of nearly a dozen members of the class crew squad to Coach Brown's University squad for three days of rowing has given rise to a large amount of shifting of oarsmen in an attempt to select the best first and second University eights as well as five upperclassmen for the combination crew. Yesterday three revamped crews took a long workout and several additional substitutes were shifted from the coaching launch to the shells during the course of the afternoon.
Among the more important shifts was the moving of James Lawrence, Jr. '29 first to the Jayvee stroke seat and then to the same position in the first boat. Allerton Cushman '29 also set the beat for the eights during the course of the afternoon but the only permanent fixture was B. J. Harrison '29 who remained in the stern of the eights throughout the practice. Neither S. W. Swaim '31 nor P. H. Watts '31 were in the pace setter's position yesterday but both are still in the running for the coveted berth.
Perkins May Be Given Tryout
A newcomer to the ranks of the heavy crews, T. N. Perkins, Jr. '31, who set the beat for the champion American Henley lightweight eight at Philadelphia last Saturday, was pulling the stroke oar in the class eight yesterday but it is not known whether he will be given a chance with the University crews. R. L. Pearson '31, stroke of the class crew which raced on the Schuylkill on Saturday, was also in the stroke seat of the class crew shell during yesterday's practice.
Harrison a Strong Contender
It was Lawrence's first appearance in the stroke seat since the selection of the first and second crews a month ago and his shift from bow to stroke caused him some inconvenience at first. He managed, however, to send the eights ahead with about the same amount of rythm as his rivals for the position and he may accustom himself to the shift if he is given a slightly longer stay in the stern. Harrison has been rowing at stroke for nearly a week and his success at driving the crews marks him as one of the strongest of the many contenders for the berth.
Other Shifts Are Possible
Cushman, who has been rowing starboard all spring, is not quite as easy in the new position as some of the others but he is a good oarsman and if he can adapt himself to the other side of the boat he may show up better in the future. Neither Swaim nor Watts have figured much during the last week since both are known quantities and Coach Brown is now more interested in letting the unknown men prove their worth.
Although the fight for stroke is the dominant problem at present, there are several possibilities for changes in the waist of the crew, but most of these must await the outcome of the stroking situation before they can be settled. Several changes were made yesterday including the tryout of E. I. Millard '31, a member of the class crew squad, at No. 6 in the Jayvees. None of the present shifts can be regarded as permanent for the first and second crews may present a far different aspect on the Thames from the one now seen on the Charles. The first and second crews will be de finitely selected soon after the oarsmen have completed their last workout on the Charles tomorrow. When they depart for Red Top on Sunday the seatings will probably be in their permanent state barring any unusual development during the three weeks of training at New Haven
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