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-<a href="http://www.library.umass.edu/speccollimages/referenceimages/RG141-0008986.png"><img src="http://www.library.umass.edu/speccollimages/referenceimages/RG141-0008986.png" alt="The first MAC crew, 1870" style="width:320px; border:1px solid #333; padding:5px;" /></a><div class="caption">The first MAC crew, 1870</div> +<a href="http://scua.library.umass.edu/speccollimages/referenceimages/RG141-0008986.png"><img src="http://scua.library.umass.edu/speccollimages/referenceimages/RG141-0008986.png" alt="The first MAC crew, 1870" style="width:320px; border:1px solid #333; padding:5px;" /></a><div class="caption">The first MAC crew, 1870</div> 
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The following year, the MAC club joined the newly organized Rowing Association of American Colleges, along with Amherst, Bowdoin, Brown, and Harvard.  Training on weights indoors until the weather improved and then running the three miles to the river to practice on the water, the team purchased a better shell from Amherst College and hired Josh Ward, one of five brothers from a renowned rowing family, as coach.  Manned by Gideon H. Allen, George Leonard (bow and captain), and Arthur D. Norcross from the Pioneer Class of 1871; Frederick M. Somers (Class of 1872), and Henry B. Simpson (Class of 1873), the team entered the First Collegiate Regatta at Ingleside, near Springfield, on July 21, 1871, pulling off a shocking win against heavily favored Harvard, which lagged by fourteen lengths, and Brown, which followed by twenty.  The MAC crew logged the fastest time on record for a six-oared crew, 16 min., 46.5 secs. for three miles. The following year, the MAC club joined the newly organized Rowing Association of American Colleges, along with Amherst, Bowdoin, Brown, and Harvard.  Training on weights indoors until the weather improved and then running the three miles to the river to practice on the water, the team purchased a better shell from Amherst College and hired Josh Ward, one of five brothers from a renowned rowing family, as coach.  Manned by Gideon H. Allen, George Leonard (bow and captain), and Arthur D. Norcross from the Pioneer Class of 1871; Frederick M. Somers (Class of 1872), and Henry B. Simpson (Class of 1873), the team entered the First Collegiate Regatta at Ingleside, near Springfield, on July 21, 1871, pulling off a shocking win against heavily favored Harvard, which lagged by fourteen lengths, and Brown, which followed by twenty.  The MAC crew logged the fastest time on record for a six-oared crew, 16 min., 46.5 secs. for three miles.
-Having witnessed the shocking upset, a jubilant President [[people:c:clark_william_smith|William Smith Clark]] splashed into the river to congratulate the crew personally and then rode back to campus at full speed to spread the news.  The victory was viewed as enormously important for the new college, a vindication of sorts, and an affirmation that on an even field, the humble Aggies could stand up against and defeat their supposed social and intellectual superiors.  A pamphlet that appeared shortly after the event captured both the pride in the Mass Aggie team and the class sensibilities involved:+Having witnessed the shocking upset, a jubilant President [[c:clark_william_smith|William Smith Clark]] splashed into the river to congratulate the crew personally and then rode back to campus at full speed to spread the news.  The victory was viewed as enormously important for the new college, a vindication of sorts, and an affirmation that on an even field, the humble Aggies could stand up against and defeat their supposed social and intellectual superiors.  A pamphlet that appeared shortly after the event captured both the pride in the Mass Aggie team and the class sensibilities involved:
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-MAC students entered the next two Regattas in 1872 and 1873, losing to Amherst and Yale respectively, and the Boating Association continued until 1875, with college and class crews selected annually.  One of the early shells used by the Association, probably the boat they purchased in 1870 and used until 1874, was rescued after being abandoned and placed as a trophy in the cases in the natural history room in [[buildings:s:southcollege|South College]] until 1885, when that building burned, after which it was hung in the rafters of the [[buildings:d:drill_hall|Drill Hall]], before finally being removed to the College's Trophy room in 1907.  A fragment of the boat used in 1871 is housed in the University Archives.+MAC students entered the next two Regattas in 1872 and 1873, losing to Amherst and Yale respectively, and the Boating Association continued until 1875, with college and class crews selected annually.  One of the early shells used by the Association, probably the boat they purchased in 1870 and used until 1874, was rescued after being abandoned and placed as a trophy in the cases in the natural history room in [[s:south_college|South College]] until 1885, when that building burned, after which it was hung in the rafters of the [[d:drill_hall|Drill Hall]], before finally being removed to the College's Trophy room in 1907.  A fragment of the boat used in 1871 is housed in the University Archives.
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