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Braving a below freezing temperature five Freshman crews swept along the Charles River yesterday in a three-quarter of a mile race designed to test the mettle of the Yardling oarsmen.
Freshman Coach Harvey Love had divided the crews as evenly as possible, and he intimated that he had no idea which shell would win.
The Jack Wilson stroked crew had been rowing together for six weeks and had practiced racing starts since the beginning of the season. As a result it got an early lead, while maintaining a fairly low stroke. The other crews, many of whose oarsmen had no racing experience, were unable to keep a smooth stroke at a fast pace. Wilson's crew widened the margin to two lengths.
Although it took no racing start, Patrick Henry's boat was able to keep in the running, trailing Wilson's 150-pound shell at the finish line by a length and a half. The other shells finished closely behind only a few yards apart.
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