Around the Water Cooler: Speedy Princeton and Perfect Crimson

Published by Catherine E. Coppinger on February 10, 2011 at 3:11AM

 

Super Bowl Sunday is always a day of mixed emotions. Naturally, when the Packers took home the title last weekend, some rejoiced, some broke down in tears, and still others conveniently ‘don’t remember’ what happened. For delusional Pats fans like myself still dwelling on games past, it was a pretty disappointing occasion. But not to worry, there’s always next year. Besides, in the far-off land of Ivy League sports, there is a lot to celebrate this week. Harvard and Princeton take home league and national honors, and the Ancient Eight celebrates Black History Month. So join in the party and gather Around the Water Cooler. We all know you’re thirsty.

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Magic of Numbers: Squash, Hoops Enjoy Success

Published by Ricky Liu on February 10, 2011 at 3:11AM

Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.

WOMEN'S SQUASH ENJOYS WIN STREAK

21 – The number of matches in the current win streak for the No. 1 Harvard women’s squash team. The Crimson has not lost since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season and is ranked first in both the CSA Team poll and the Ivy League standings.

11 – The number of victories that Harvard has claimed by perfect 9-0 sweeps during its winning streak. Last time out, the Crimson lost to No. 3 Trinity 9-0 but did pick up the victory, 7-2, improving its record to a perfect 9-0 on the season.

239 – The current win streak for the No. 1 Trinity men’s squash. The Bantams currently hold the longest winning streak of any team in collegiate varsity sport, having gone undefeated since the 1996-1997 season. The last team to defeat Trinity was Harvard on February 7, 1997, but the Bantams took the last meeting between the two teams, 6-3.

CRIMSON HOOPS ROLLS ON

13 – Number of games won during the current home winning streak for Harvard men’s basketball.

3 – Number of consecutive games won in overtime by the Crimson, the last being an 83-82 double-overtime victory over Penn last Saturday. Junior Oliver McNally hit the game-winning shot with 11.5 seconds to go.

1 – The ranking for the Harvard women’s basketball team in the Ancient Eight standings after wrapping up this past weekend with victories over Princeton and Penn. Harvard snapped the Tigers’ 22-game conference winning streak while also defeating the Quakers in a double-overtime contest, 88-84.

The Full Court Press: Liv Coffey '11

Published by Alex Sopko on February 09, 2011 at 3:11AM

Today, February 9th, the sun set at 5:09pm. For most students, this symbolizes the end of those obnoxiously short winter days, but for the members of the women’s rowing team, late sunsets means racing. In this exclusive interview, The Full Court Press meets rowing co-captain Olivia “Liv” Coffey. The Leverett senior, who placed second at the 2009 World Championships, knows that nothing beats the moment when the Charles River melts and racing can start again. Except maybe Cedric Diggory and turtles. Every week The Full Court Press gives you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.

Name: Liv Coffey

Year: 2011

Stats: Since freshman year, Coffey has been in the top varsity boat. An Olympic hopeful, the senior has raced with the U-23 National Team twice, finishing second in 2009 and winning in 2010. Prior to that, Coffey helped lead the team to second place at the EAWRC Sprints Championships and an NCAA Championships invitation.

Bring on the questions!

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Harvard Faces Uphill Battle in 2011 Hockey Beanpot

Published by Robert S Samuels on February 08, 2011 at 3:11AM

Boston sports fans have grown accustomed to the New England Patriots going to the Super Bowl every year. It’s just supposed to happen. But after an early exit by the hometown football team, sports junkies will have to settle for another February Boston tradition: the Beanpot.

A staple of intercollegiate rivalry, the Beanpot features four Boston-area men’s hockey teams: Boston College, Harvard, Boston University, and Northeastern. Historically, Boston University has dominated, winning 29 times since the annual tournament began in 1952.

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Skier Rebecca Nadler Places 21st at World University Games

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on February 08, 2011 at 3:11AM

After marking herself as one of the top skiers in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, Rebecca Nadler headed to Erzurum, Turkey to take on a slightly deeper field: the world.

On Saturday, Nadler placed 21st in the women's slalom event at the World University Games.

Given the 30th starting spot in the first run, Nadler posted a 24th place finish in the first run before using a strong second-run to bump herself up three places.

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