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The biggest regatta of the home crew season takes place tomorrow when the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges holds its fifth annual 150-pound championships on the Charles. Twenty boats will row in the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman races over the Henley course.
On the basis of past performances, Yale's varsity fifties are favored to win the Joseph Wright Trophy, emblematic of the champion eight, won by Cornell last year. Five men from that boat will row again tomorrow, and the Big Red should be a threat. The junior varsity race is expected to be a close one between Harvard and Yale, who finished in a dead heat last week at Derby. The Eli lightweights are also expected to take the freshman race.
Coach Bert Haines varsity fifties are out to avenge the two and one-half length defeat they suffered at the hands of the Yale varsity last week. This week's time trials have shown improvement, and the fact that the race is on their home course should give the Crimson oarsmen a chance for an upset.
The Elis out stroked Harvard throughout the whole of last week's race, and still had the power left for a final sprint. Since then Haines has been concentrating on developing a stronger finish for his varsity, which has been the smoothest looking boat on the Charles all year, but still seems to lack the final punch. In an effort to find more power he has juggled the varsity eight in practices, but has finally decided on the same boastings as last week.
In the junior varsity race, the Crimson will enter two boats. The second fifties will try to prove that last week's dead heat was a clerical error; and the third boat ("The Nine Old Men," as they call themselves--three are married) will be out to elevate their position.
The freshmen have yet to win a race, having been involved in one dead heat and two defeats, but Haines has put Dick Lincoln and Art Herbst in the bow and two seats, respectively, in an attempt for more power.
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