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By chalking up a decisive, open-water victory on the Charles River Henley course yesterday afternoon, stroke Hal Fales' 150-pound crew won the right to represent the Crimson against M.I.T. in the crucial Rowe Memorial Cup Regalia tomorrow afternoon.
Previous to the time-trial both the "firsts" and Johnny Abbott's "second" eight had been so close together that Bert Haines, the veteran lightweight mentor, had been unable to decide which of the two was really his better boat. In order to straighten things out, he ordered the vital trial, to the winner going the onerous duty of tackling Tech's favored eight.
Hard to Shift Fifties
The job of putting together a fifty-pound crew is entirely different from that faced by a heavyweight coach, who must only assemble the eight men who will pull his shell through the water fastest, and even that is no easy job. The eight oarsmen in the lightweight shell must total not more than 1,200 pounds so that weight as well as rowing ability is a very integral part of the makeup of the fifties.
Any thoughts of rearranging the personel within a shell will have to wait until after tomorrow's tilt with the gray-bladed Engineers, since it would be practically impossible to upset both crews at this late date and expect as smooth a performance as might be delivered by on of the eights rowing as a unit.
Only Two Veterans in Boat
Captain Seth Crocker, in the power-house number five slide, and Pete Koeniger at number two are the only men who rowed on last year's undefeated crew. Five of the sweepswingers and the coxswain are Sophomores, relatively inexperienced in Varsity competition, and Fales, the pacesetter, did not stroke last year.
Sickness has hindered the development of the crews from the start. First Johnny Abbott came down with mumps at the beginning of the important spring vacation training session. Then Beanie Gilchrist and Tony Whittemore were temporarily put out of action, and the latest loss to the squad is that of Ken Smith, now incapacitated with the measles.
Tech Rated Strong
With five veterans back in the Tech boat which lost its last race of the year to the Crimson by something less than a second, the outlook for the Harvard forces is none too encouraging.
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