During their trial runs Saturday the Yale third Varsity crew consistently heat the seconds in every sprint.
The coach, seeking the cause of the fluke, shifted the strokes and seven men in the two crews, demoting those of the second to the third. Still the third boat won. Two by two he exchanged third crew men for those in the second and when they had all been shifted the men of the original second crew were winning in the third crew's shell.
The shells were the same, so the psychological effect of demotion was said to have brought the seconds back to their rightful supremacy.