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Rowing 113-174

Rowing 113-174

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Nearly 200 Oarsmen Engage Regularly inWork-outs – Scullers Compete for Trophy
By Dr. J. Duncan Spaeth
 Now that football has made its farewell bow for theyear, and while the winter sports are getting ready to oc-cupy the front of the athletic stage, it has been suggestedthat readers of the Weekly might be interested in a brief review of rowing activities during the fall and a look forward to the spring season.Rowing is an all-year-round sport here with threedistinct seasonal periods, each with its own emphasis:(1) the fall season from the opening of college to themiddle of November on the lake; (2) the winter seasonfrom the opening of college after the Christmas recess tothe break-up of the ice in March, in the rowing machinesin the outdoor gym; and (3) the spring season closing atPrinceton with the American Rowing Association’s regattaat the end of May.In the fall the emphasis is put on coaching the enter-ing Freshmen, and in races between crews chosen fromthe varsity and 150-pound squads, respectively. The fallseason is the most enjoyable from the point of view of recreation, as the weather conditions are generally ideal,and smooth water is the rule rather than the exception.The winter season in the rowing machines is a long butnecessary grind that tests out the mettle of those who re-ally have the ambition to represent their college in a rac-ing shell in the spring. And while no one who will reportregularly is cut from the squad, the emphasis in the springis naturally in the selection and training of racing crews.
Sculling Cup in Competition
The fall season opened this year with three varsitycrews, four 150-pound crews, and 110 Freshmen. Aninteresting innovation was introduced by having the 24
varsity candidates row in single sculls for the rst two
weeks. At the end of this period a series of eliminationraces were held, and the Coaches’ Cup, presented byProf. Chalfant Robinson, was won by C.A. Hardy 1932.At a dinner given to the competitors at the Nassau Club by Professor Robinson the cup was formally presentedto the winner. As a further encouragement to sculling an“octopede” scull, giving eight men a chance to scull inthe same boat, was converted from an old eight by JohnSchultz, who was largely responsible for the revival of interest in sculling. The boat was formally christenedPrinceton II, was coxed by Gordon Sikes ’16, and occu- pied by the eight highest ranking scullers as determined by the previous races. An anonymous donor gave a set of sculls and the other necessary equipment.It will be interesting to watch the effect of this prac-tice in sculling in the watermanship of our racing crews.Two distinct results may already be noted: (1) it gaveCoach Logg an opportunity to devote himself entirely to
the difcult task of breaking in his 110 green Freshmenduring the rst two weeks; (2) it gave the varsity men a
taste of the pleasures of sculling which they can pursuelong after their racing days are over. The developmentof single sculling in Lake Carnegie will make availableopportunities for healthful exercise to many men whoseschedules will not permit them to come out at the regular crew-practice periods, and there is no reason why we
should not eventually develop here some rst-class rac
-ing scullers.I rowed the last time in a racing shell on the Willa-mette River in Oregon in 1926 behind Stevens of Cornell(then Harvard coach), and with a Harvard and Princetonoarsman making up the four, but I still keep up my spinson Lake Carnegie in my single and enjoy watching thecrews work out and taking the swells from the coach-ing launch in which I used to exercise my voice. If thecapacity of any form of athletic sport to give zest to life
and to keep up one’s working efciency long years after 
graduation is one of the chief reasons for indulging in it,rowing certainly deserves encouragement, and I think weshould welcome the addition of sculling and the equip-ment necessary for it to our rowing facilities at Princeton.Princeton Alumni WeeklyJanuary 10, 1930
Busy Fall on Lake Carnegie
H.M.Jones ’30, C.A.Hardy ’32, J.G.Shennan ’32,J.L.J.Bauer ’30, J.P. Rutherfurd ’32,C.Schieffelin ’32, J.O.Pease ’31 (Capt.), H.Hawkey’32, R.L.Colmore ’31 (Cox)
 – Class of 1933
P.H.Cumming, G.M.Williams, R.E.Paumer,
B.W.Smith, W.Speer, W.Pell, J.W.Dayton,A.L.Strang, M.Kennedy (Cox)
George Merrill ’31, Hugo Rutherfurd ’34,John Rutherfurd ’32 (Cox)(Photo taken in 1931)
With injuries and ineligibility claiming several prom-ising candidates, the 1930 crew outlook was none too bright. Coach Logg kept his men hard at work in prepa-
ration for their rst meet, but in spite of his efforts the
Varsity was defeated rather easily by M.I.T. over the mileand three-quarter Carnegie course on May 3. The Junior Varsity was likewise unsuccessful while the 150-PoundCrew atoned partially by winning its race. A week later this same crew was not so fortunate as it trailed both Yaleand Harvard in the Derby race on the Housatonic the Elis
crossing the nish line rst.
In the Carnegie Cup Regatta with Cornell and Yaleheld May 17 at Princeton, the Varsity and Jayvees bowedtheir heads to the Blue in both events, the Nassau Junior Varsity managing to place second ahead of Cornell. OnMay 31 at Philadelphia the Childs Cup Regatta took placewith Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, and Penn con-
tending crews. The Columbia Varsity took rst honors,
Penn second and the Orange and Black a good third. TheTiger lightweights pulled a surprise and avenged their former defeat at the hands of Yale and Harvard by con-quering them along with Penn and winning the JosephWright challenge trophy. On the same day the Third Var-sity placed fourth with Yale, Penn, and Harvard leadingin the order named.
The nal Varsity race of the season was held on
Carnegie on June 14. Princeton once again brought up therear as Navy, by dint of superior oarmanship, outsprintedCalifornia in a thrilling battle. However, in spite of theVarsity’s unsuccessful season, Princeton crew prestigewas given a good boost when Gordon Sykes’ 150-Pound-ers journeyed to England to compete for the Thames Cupover the Henley course with some of the world’s bestcrews. Rowing two beautiful races, Nassau’s entry was
victorious in its rst two heats, but in the quarter-nals
round it was nosed out by the Kent School boat in a won-derful exhibition of rowing.1932 BRIC-A-BRAC
Review of the 1930 Crew Season

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