An unprecedented position arose when the entries were received for the Oxford University Summer Eights, which will be begun to-day.
No fewer than 80 entries were sent in and there were neither sufficient boats nor oars for so many crews. It was decided to admit three more crews than last year — 73 against 30 — and so on Monday 10 crews rowed a time race for the three places. The fastest crews were Keble IV, 3min. 8½sec.; Jesus III, 3min. 13¾sec.; and Jesus IV, 3min. 10sec. The unsuccessful crews were Christ Church IV, University College III, Corpus II, Merton IV and V, and Lincoln IV.
The weather has been almost perfect for the preliminary training and in spite of a shortage of coaches the standard of rowing is up to the average.
In the fourth division Lincoln II are claiming an overbump over Merton II on the ground that they were impeded by a bump in front of them.
The protest made by Lincoln II in Division IV on Thursday on the ground that they were impeded by a bump in front of them was overruled. So far Trinity have easily maintained their position at the head of the river and if they do so till the end of the races they will set up a new record as the only college since the institution of the races in 1816 [sic] to hold the headship five years in succession.
The standard of the summer eights at Oxford this year seems to be about the same as last year. At the Head of the River Trinity are virtually unchallenged, and alone they are showing a definite improvement. They are smoother and more lively than they were last year, and might well do themselves justice at Henley if all their men are available.
There was a disputed bump in Division IV on Saturday. St. John's III, St. Catherine's II, Trinity III, and New College III will re-race this morning.
In the morning [Monday] St. John's III, St. Catherine's II, Trinity III and New College III re-rowed in this order in Division 4 as the result of a disputed bump on Saturday. Trinity III caught St. Catherine's II and New College III passed both these crews and caught St. John's III, thus making an overbump, the equivalent of a rise of three places.
There were only 16 bumps in yesterday's racing in the Oxford Summer Eights. This is the lowest number of bumps so far recorded.
There was another disputed bump, this time in Division 6, in which Merton III, Trinity IV, and Keble IV will re-row this morning. Bumps recorded so fare in the five days' racing are 115.
Trinity Remain HeadThe Oxford University Summer Eights were concluded yesterday.
Trinity easily retained their position at the head of the river and in doing so set up a new record — five years in succession as head boat, five before the war and three times since.
In the six days' racing there were 139 bumps. New College III and Trinity II each went up eight places [Trinity II went up 7], and Balliol III and IV, Queen's II and Corpus each lost six places [as did several other crews not mentioned]. In the dispute in Tuesday's racing Trinity IV were awarded a bump over Merton III
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