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The Fab Five: Harvard's Top Fall Varsity Teams, Week Four

Published by James D. McCaffrey on October 19, 2011 at 10:11PM
HANGING ON

A win over Columbia kept the women's volleyball team in the top five.

No new teams broke into the top five this week, but the top four squads traded places in a weekend filled with crushing victories and tough defeats.

5. Women’s Volleyball (10-7, 3-4 Ivy)

Harvard lost to Cornell and defeated Columbia last weekend. Taylor Docter smacked the Lions out of the gym, recording five aces in the league victory.

Previous Rank: 5

4. Women’s Tennis

The Crimson did not see any action last week. The team will compete at the ITA Regional Tournament in New Haven, Connecticut this weekend.

Previous Rank: 3

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Where Are They Now? Late Fitzpatrick Pick Proves Costly

Published by J. J. Shpall on October 17, 2011 at 10:11PM
Glitzy Fitzy

Fitzpatrick's late interception in the red zone likely cost Buffalo the game, dropping the team to 4-2.

In a new weekly feature, The Crimson will be tracking the successes (and potential failures) of some of Harvard’s most successful graduates not to use their Harvard degrees. While a tour through professional sports is not exactly a who’s who of Harvard alumni, a few athletes have taken their game to the next level. From Jeremy Lin to Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Crimson maintains a presence outside of the labs and law offices of the world.

This past Sunday, Buffalo Bill’s quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05, was hoping to build off of his momentum from a good start to the season with a win against division rival, the New York Giants—but in the end, a couple of costly mistakes from the Harvard alum proved too much for Buffalo to overcome.

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Where Are They Now? Lin To Play in Charity Exhibition

Published by Daniel A. Grafstein on October 15, 2011 at 10:11PM

NBA ownership cannot deprive players of their willingness to play the game of basketball. In the midst of a tantalizing waiting game, NBA players have taken it upon themselves to entertain fans.

The trend started early this summer, with high-profile NBA players, such as Kevin Durant, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant popping up in neighborhood gyms and outdoor courts across the country.

It intensified in September when Carmelo Anthony suggested a match up that would feature a rag-tag group billed as “Team Melo” play against “Team Philly” at Penn basketball’s famed home arena, the Palestra. And is set to continue into the prolonged NBA off-season.

Harvard’s sole current NBA representative and Warrior point guard, Jeremy Lin '10 is among the newest batch of players to perform in a hyped exhibition game. The core of the current 2011-12 roster will take on the core of the underdog 2007 Warriors—memorable for the “We Believe” t-shirts plastered all over their home Oracle Arena during a stunning first-round upset of the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks.

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Scouting the Area: Cambridge, Mass.

Published by Alexa N. Gellman on October 14, 2011 at 10:11PM

Harvard is hosting this weekend.  Football, men’s soccer, men’s water polo, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball are all taking on their opponents at home.  Good news, Crimson fans, you don’t have to travel far to see your teams play.  And as for our visiting opponents, we like to make you feel welcome too.

Dear Bucknell, Brown, Columbia, Connecticut College, Mercyhurst and St. Francis players: stick around another day.  Here are the two major events happening on Harvard’s campus this weekend:

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Butt, Campbell, Grinalds Nominated for USROWING Fan's Choice Awards

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on October 13, 2011 at 10:11PM

Harvard lightweight coach Charley Butt, Crimson rower Andrew Campbell, and Radcliffe freshman Lucy Grinalds received nominated for USRowing Fan's Choice Awards on Tuesday. Grinalds is a finalist for the Junior Rower of the Year, Campbell for National Team Rower of the Year, and Butt for Collegiate Coach of the Year.

Butt was nominated following a season in which the Harvard first and second varsity eights went undefeated in the dual season and won Eastern Sprints title. The Crimson 1V finished .02 seconds behind gold medalist Yale at IRAs. Meanwhile, a four composed of 2V rowers and then-sophomore coxswain Alex Saal capped off the team's second-boat success with a national title at the IRA regatta.

While Butt was nominated for his success at Harvard, his national team success was also cited in the brief. Butt helped eight of his rowers compete for their respective national teams this summer, and coached Campbell and Princeton grad Gevvie Stone in the single.

Campbell, meanwhile, is coming off a history-making summer in the lightweight single. Just a year after taking bronze at the Junior World Championships, Campbell finished third at U23 Worlds and took fourth at senior Worlds. The bronze medals at Junior and U23 Worlds stand as the highest U.S. finishes ever in the events, while his fourth place finish at senior Worlds is the highest U.S. finish since 2002. Campbell is currently training in hopes of competing for the US at the 2012 London Olympics in the double.

Of the three nominees currently with Harvard, Grinalds is the only one in the group to have won a World Championship in the past year. In her fourth straight year on the U.S. junior national team, she took gold in the straight four. Grinalds also won the U.S. Junior Nationals in the pair, took bronze at U.S. nationals in the eight, and earned a second place finish in the junior lightweight event at C.R.A.S.H.-B.s. Grinalds competed with the Connecticut Boat Club this summer is currently with the Black and White heavyweight team.

You can vote for Butt here, Campbell here, and Grinalds here.

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