Harvard Men’s Volleyball Eyeing EIVA Title

By JASPER FU In recent weeks Harvard’s Men’s Volleyball team has gone from one strength to another. Going 10-2 in their last 12 games, the Crimson has defeated Sacred Heart, Alderson Broaddus, Saint Francis (PA), Penn State, Princeton, and NJIT, with only two of those games (Princeton and Penn State) even going to five sets. Its March 31st victory against Penn State cemented Harvard’s second place in the 2018 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Championships, in an underdog victory against Penn State (EIVA champion for 15 out of the past 17 years), with the Crimson hitting .370 to the Nittany …

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Rowing Reflection

Harvard Women’s Crew Approaches Senior Race. By CAROLINE CRONIN The Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew team is led by a number of seniors who have spent a significant portion of their Harvard years on the Charles. This weekend, the team will compete in their final home race on that very river. To celebrate this occasion, and to reflect on the enormity that this athletic investment truly has been, the Indy sat down with Heidi Nocka ’18. Nocka is a senior studying Human Evolutionary Biology and lives in Winthrop.   CC: What about crew is most memorable to you? HN: The most memorable …

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Victorious Against the Quinnipiac Bobcats

Harvard Women’s Tennis moves on to Ivy conference match at Dartmouth. By JASPER FU On a chilly Cambridge Sunday, the Quinnipiac Bobcats faced off against the Harvard Crimson inside Harvard’s Murr Center Tennis courts. Indoors, away from the biting wind of a Boston spring, Harvard’s women’s tennis team declared a resounding victory on Sunday. Coming back from a 4 – 7 deficit since its twin losses on February 24th and 25th to Boston College and Syracuse University, respectively, the Crimson’s women’s tennis has been on a seemingly unstoppable roll, claiming its fourth victory in five games against the Bobcats. With …

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Hell or High Water

By JASPER FU Yale entered the 2018 Women’s Ivy League Championship as the defending champions, but it would be Harvard’s team that would carry the title this time around in a runaway victory. Even as the first day came to a close, Harvard’s stellar performance was indicative, as the team tied with Yale to take first in the Ivy League, with 118 points, as compared to runner-up Princeton’s 112. Yale took the 200 yard medley relay, clearing 1:37.30 in a two second lead over Harvard’s 1:39.20 (both setting pool and respective school records), but Harvard claimed the medal in the …

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Hidden Treasures

Club sports storage space in QRAC squash court. By JILLY CRONIN Perhaps one of the best parts of attending Harvard is the opportunity for increased experience in cool and unusual activities. Physical activities, also known as sports, definitely qualify as some such activities. The college often boasts that over 80% of the undergraduate student population participates in some form of athletic involvement. A large portion of that percentage consists of members of one or more of the 42 Division I intercollegiate varsity teams. The rest of that percentage consists of members of one of the many and diverse club sports …

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Tough Mudding, Tougher Students 

A snapshot of the team at Harvard.   By CAROLINE CRONIN    The Indy asked Alina Muñoz ’18 about her passion for Tough Mudding – a sport that has found its way onto Harvard’s campus through the enthusiasm of adventurous students! According to toughmudder.com, “Tough Mudder is 10 miles of mud and 20+ obstacles designed to drag you out of your comfort zone.” It seems the race that is this challenging physical endeavor might give even the most athletic of students pause!     Indy: How did Tough Mudder Team begin at Harvard?    AM: The Tough Mudder team was a large team a few years ago but went dormant as captains graduated. …

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A Season to Remember

Crimson Hockey reinvigorated despite final loss. By TUSHAR DWIVEDI   Recently, my hometown of Chicago has been abuzz in the world of hockey. With the rise and prominence of the Blackhawks, a new pride has enveloped the city that not just complements, but often overrides the typical baseball, basketball, and football interests. However, while I have not been to United Center, Chicago’s prime hockey and basketball stadium, in almost a year, the Harvard’s men’s ice hockey team just returned from their visit. This visit, however, was far beyond the ordinary. The team was representing Harvard in the Frozen Four for …

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Competition and Balance

Mental health in athletics. By TUSHAR DWIVEDI   The buzzwords of “mental health” and “athletics” typically evoke thoughts of concussions, CTE, and other such forms of physical injury to the brain; examples in professional sports abound, and recent attention has highlighted the impact of new research in football specifically. When watching sports on TV, reading about them in the news, or hearing of injury on ESPN, it is simple to limit the definition of mental health, especially when considered in the context of athletics. However, playing the sport, or even watching it in person, conjures a new realization.   The …

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