Victories for Harvard Athletics

  Victories for Harvard Athletics Both the men’s squash and men’s swimming & diving teams bring home championship titles   By LIZZIE GUMMER     College Squash Association National Collegiate Men’s Team Championships On the final day of the Potter Cup, the men’s squash National Championships, Samuel Scherl ‘21 and Adam Corcoran ‘21 kept the crowd on their toes. Going point for point in their opening rounds against rival Penn, the two Harvard matches made for the most exciting court-to-court viewing experience.   The afternoon had begun with Sean Hughes ‘20, Harvard’s number five and co-captain, taking on Penn’s Yash Bhargava …

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Fresh Feet on the Field

  Fresh Feet on the Field First-years drive the Crimson’s success during the women’s lacrosse season opener   By LIZZIE GUMMER   All facets of this Sunday afternoon came together in perfect harmony this weekend for the Harvard Women’s Lacrosse team to excel in their opening game against Niagara. Warmer weather than the week prior paired with a long weekend holiday made for the ideal conditions for Harvard to take on the first official play day of the 2020 season.  A moderate but enthusiastic crowd of parents, friends, and fans alike came across the river to Jordan Field to catch …

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Scoring Shots, Taking Shots

  Scoring Shots, Taking Shots: How Student Athletes Balance the Demands of their Sport and Social Lives   By ELIZABETH GUMMER   Juggling the identities of college student and varsity athlete can be challenging. On the one hand, your team and coach rely on you day in and day out to maintain and improve upon a certain level of athletic excellence. Everyday you are expected to show up on the court or field, ready to put in your all. Coaches are quick with disciples for lack of effort or preparation, and teammates consistently have a close eye on who is putting …

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Men’s Water Polo Dominates

  Men’s Water Polo Dominates Exceeding Expectations with a Perfect 18-0 Start to the Season   By ELIZABETH GUMMER   The Harvard Men’s water polo team has exceeded expectations thus far, taking the win in all 18 of their games this season. Known to excel, last season the Crimson had an eight game winning streak mid-season, and have only improved since. Starting off the year ranked 11th in the nation, the team has risen in the rankings and now sits at 9th. Looking towards conference championships, the team has put themselves in a fantastic position to succeed. Kicking off the …

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Dance

  The Crimson Dance Team   by ELIZABETH GUMMER   What would a Harvard sporting event be without regular breaks to refresh snacks, stretch your legs, and catch some quality performances from the Harvard Crimson Dance Team? Although not every varsity team is lucky enough to be graced with the presence of these upbeat women, the team makes regular appearances at primarily home football and basketball matches. Performing to songs from DJ Snake’s “Taki Taki” to the Lumineers’ “Cleopatra,” the women show a range of ability that goes beyond what is seen in their short duration dances between game quarters.  …

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One Weekend, Three States

One Weekend, Three States Harvard Track & Field Competes Across the Country By ELIZABETH GUMMER   This past weekend the Harvard track and field team competed in four meets, split across the country over Texas, North Carolina, and Lowell, Massachusetts. Sending 32 members to Austin for the Texas Relays track meet, the cohort came away with a few personal bests and many sunburns under the Texan sun. The Crimson had just returned 3 days earlier, from their week long spring break training trip in Houston, when they headed back south on Wednesday. Kicking off the competition Thursday evening, 400 meter …

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The Madness Continues

The Madness Continues The Crimson exit NIT in last-second thrillers By ELIZABETH GUMMER   Both the Women’s and Men’s Crimson basketball teams brought their season to a close this past Sunday, each losing in the second round of their respective post season tournaments. Both teams advanced from their first rounds earlier in the week, but were not as successful in their following match ups. The men’s team played first, travelling to Washington, DC for their first game in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) game against Georgetown on Wednesday Night. The 71-68 Crimson win over the Hoyas was a minor upset, …

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Jumping into the Record Books

Jumping into the Record Books Simi leaps up a storm at the Indoor Championships in Birmingham, AL By ELIZABETH GUMMER   Simi Fajemisin took down both competitors and records as she hopped, skipped, and jumped her way to the NCAA Indoor Championships at Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama this Saturday. The Oxford native triple jumper joined the Crimson team in 2016 and has been crushing records since her arrival. Originally a long jumper, Fajemisin had never focused on the triple jump before coming to Harvard. In her first season as a triple jumper, Simi took down a 16 year old …

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Courtside Reflection

Courtside Reflection A Spotlight on Women’s Basketball Captain Madeline Raster By ELIZABETH GUMMER   Senior Basketball Captain Madeline Raster took to the court at Lavietes Pavilion for her last home game as a Harvard athlete. For seniors, their final home game is deemed Senior Night, and the matchup featured a starting lineup highlighting Raster and her 3 other senior classmates. Playing for 31 minutes of the 40 minute game, Raster scored a double-digit 14 points, sinking two 3-pointers and recorded 11 rebounds. Raster’s career began in her hometown of South Bend, Indiana, where she joined a team in the 5th …

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Nearing the Finish Line

Nearing the Finish Line Weekend of Wins for Harvard Men’s Basketball By ELIZABETH GUMMER   The Harvard Crimson showed the Quakers and the Tigers whose house they were playing in this weekend at Lavietes Pavilion, playing at home for the last time this season. Closing out with two wins — and the top ranking in the Ivy League — Harvard is set for success at the Ivy League tournament at Yale on March 16th. Game one started slow on Friday night. With a score of 0-0 and six missed shots in the first two minutes, students patiently gnawed at free …

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