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Tigers Beat Lightweights; Crimson Loses at Sprints

By James W. B. benkard

As coach Harvey Love said, it was a rough weekend for Harvard crew. The varsity and JV heavyweights did not even qualify for the finals of the Sprints at Princeton, the Crimson lights again lost to Princeton by two seats at Washington, and to add the final touch, the JV lights lost to Navy by six inches.

Cornell's great varsity eight retained its title as Eastern rowing champion by edging Yale in the finals on Lake Carnegie. The Crimson boat was eliminated by Navy in one of the morning heats as the Middies avenged an earlier defeat at the hands of the varsity.

For the second year in a row, the Princeton lightweights won the Eastern title and will therefore be the United States' representative at the Henley Regatta. Their margin of victory on Saturday at the Sprints was a scant two seats over an onrushing Crimson boat.

Navy's victory over the varsity in the elimination heat was not quite as much of a surprise as it might appear to be. The Crimson's margin over them in Philadelphia was less than half a length and at the Sprints Love remarked that they had improved a great deal. The truth of the matter is, however, the varsity did not row particularly well and as Love said, "They were not up for the race."

The afternoon consolation race did not fulfill its purpose for the Crimson as the varsity finished a disappointing third behind winner Princeton and second-place Syracuse.

The JVs lost their morning heat to Syracuse by about three seats, but then went on to beat Princeton, Yale, and Columbia in the consolation race.

The Yardling eight fared the best of any of the heavyweight crews for the Crimson as it won its morning heat over Syracuse and then went on to finish a strong second behind a good Yale boat.

While the heavies had a disappointing day the lightweight races were ones of utter frustration for the Crimson. As was the case last week on the Charles, the varsity's sprint fell short by the smallest of margins as the Tigers once again hung on to win the title. The JV race was actually declared a dead heat but the referee later decided for Navy.

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