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The smashing defeat of the Tiger oarsmen by a rejuvenated Harvard shell on Lake Carnegie last Saturday strikes a high point in the comeback of Crimson athletics which has been developing over the current year. With a football team that turned the tables on the predictions of newspaper sages the country over, a court squad that made good its claim to major-sport ranking, and a swimming team that left the prize Bulldogs waterlogged and weary for the first time in thirteen years, the college has burst forth with another top-flight sport.
The improvement displayed by the crew over the past year has been nothing short of remarkable. Carrying forward after a series of disheartening defeats in the early part of last spring, the first boat rallied its forces to score a major upset over Yale in June, leaving the Elis miles up the Thames. The coming of Tom Bolles added coals to the rising fire of enthusiasm, and now the triumph at Princeton marks the first win in a sprint race since the golden days of Killer Cassidy.
Although this early victory gives promise of a bright season to come, it must be borne in mind that sports, like stock exchange graphs, have their up and downs. But if the crew continues to show the spirit that has marked its progress in the last twelve months, the prospects for the festivities at New London look exceptionally happy.
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