From now on Tom Bolles is going to have to watch his Varsity, unbeaten in two starts, enter each race a prohibitive favorite to run off with the silverware, and it's going to be an old story for the Harvard mentor.
In each of the last four springs Bolles has come up with an eight which looked better than anything else in the East but only once, in 1988, has the Crimson come through unsearred. In 1937 Navy ruined the Harvard record, and for the last two years it has been Cornell's Big Red which has tumbled the Bolles boats out of the lofty ranks of the invincible.
Big Advantage on Paper
The crews which stand between Captain Sherm Gray and another undefeated season are Navy and Penn this Saturday, Cornell and Syracuse a week later, and finally Yale at New London. Since Harvard has beaten Princeton, and the Tigers have either beaten all the rest of the Crimson's opponents, or won from crews which have defeated Harvard's future rivals, it would appear that there isn't much the side of the West Coast to press the Crimson. Hut many are sadder who thought that the better crew on paper was naturally better on water.
Curwen, Lyman Definite Fixtures
In spite of having built up an eight which has placed Harvard at the figurative head of Eastern rowing, Bolles has not been hesitant to shake it up, and against Navy and Penn Saturday Bus Curwen will be at stroke and Ted Lyman will row at five.
Although official times are not released, Bolles has indicated that he was "very pleased" with the time-trial that the newly seated Varsity turned in last week is not planning any more changes until after the next race.
Although last year's Freshmen were not up to the par of their immediate predecessors, the Sophomore class now fills the stern three positions, with coxswain Tommy Boynton, Curwen, and lanky Dave Challinor at seven all rowing the same positions as on last year's undefeated Freshman eight.