Harvard's lightweights, coming off a shaky win over Columbia in New York last weekend, take on MIT. Dartmouth and the Coast Guard Academy in the Biglin Bowl race today on the Charles.
Crimson coach Steve Gladstone, who was openly displeased with the Crimson's performance last Saturday, has shuffled his seating arrangement around in hopes of finding a fast, smooth, and more efficient boat.
Cox Jay Galeski will direct a varsity boat that has been entirely rearranged except for fifth-seat oarsman Phin Sprague. The new-look lightweights will have sophomore Pete Huntsman in the bow slot, followed by captain Howie Burnett at two. Andy Narva at three, Jim Richardson at four and Sprague at five.
Rick Eustus moves into the sixth spot, another sophomore. George Host, will row seven and senior Iony Brooks will take over at stroke. Brooks, in light of a back injury that bothered him during Friday's practice, is a question mark.
Gladstone was unsure after yesterday's workout whether or not Brooks would be able to row today. If not, Gladstone indicated that he would move Charlie Bradshaw, who has been stroking the J.V. boat, up into the varsity stroke position. However, Gladstone fervently hopes that such a move will not be necessary because the varsity boat had been "really coming around" since the changes.
"The boat has looked very, very good this week," Gladstone said yesterday. "If Tony can't row it sheds an entirely new light on everything."
Along with the seating change, Gladstone has "German Rigged" the boat for today's race. In such an arrangement both the four and five positions are manned by starboard oarsmen. This moves a port man into the bow slot. The results have been decisive, if this week's practices are any indication. The lightweight's practice workouts since Monday have been the best of the season.
Despite the fact that Harvard won by 13.5 seconds last year, covering the 2000 meters in 6:14.8. the Crimson can expect a strong challenge from MIT. Neither Dartmouth nor Coast Guard figures to be much of a factor in the race. The Indians from Hanover have not yet raced this year and the Ducks are not of the caliber of either MIT or Harvard.
Gladstone was cautious in his predictions for the outcome of today's race. "If we row the way we did last week," he said, "this could be a very big race for us."
Junior Andy Narva was more optimistic. "We're going to eat their livers," he said yesterday.
Starting time is at 11:15 a.m. for the varsity boat. The race will take place in the Charles River basin. The J.V.'s begin at 10:30 a.m. with freshman action coming at 9:45.