Rule or no rule, however, it seems more than probable that the Animals would have won easily even without their extra ration of rest. "We went off to a 43-stroke start, following Princeton most of the way," said Coxswain Kenny Dreyfuss. "At about the halfway mark Dex Bell, our stroke, picked it up, and we went into a semisprint. With about 40 strokes to go, Bell put it up another couple of notches, and we won."
It was as easy as that, and no one, not even upstart Princeton, could do much about it. The freshman win, coupled with the Penn varsity's fifth place and a second-place finish for the jayvees, earned Penn the Jim Ten Eyck trophy as the overall point winner (15) for the entire regatta. Beyond that, it suggested a future in which Harry Parker's Harvards (who beat their ancient rivals from Yale by six lengths on the Thames River that same afternoon) had better guard carefully their status as the best of America's college crews.