With the entire campus caught up in basketball fever, some of Harvard’s other winter sports are due recognition as well: in particular, the Crimson men and women’s fencing teams, who are heading to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., this Sunday to compete in the NCAA regional championships. Last year Harvard qualified the maximum of 12 fencers for national competition and is hoping to repeat the feat this year.
Even in what an anonymous senior has called "possibly the jokiest semester at Harvard yet," the Crimson’s athletes often have to rely on hearsay and history to find light courses with their already busy schedules. Team lists, Facebook threads, and text messages are all used to balance the demands of critical coaches and courses.
When picking comfortable concentrations, less jarring general education courses, or easy electives, some teammates may flock to seniors and captains for how to navigate through arguably the most challenging curriculum this country has to offer.
Some 3,000 miles away, in the calm repose of California, Stanford’s athletes have been lucky enough to go to a school which does this for them.
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.
10: The number of athletes from Harvard women’s swimming and diving team who earned All-Ivy League Honors.
9: The number of athletes from the Crimson men’s swimming and diving team who received All-Ivy League Honors.
23: The number of wins the Harvard men’s basketball team has posted so far this year—a program record.
41: The number of times the Crimson men’s hockey team has qualified for the quarterfinals of the ECAC Tournament since its inception.
6: The number of athletes from the Harvard field hockey team who earned a selection to the 2010 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.
1,285: The number of career points scored by senior forward Emma Markley of the Crimson women’s basketball team. She is eighth on the all-time Harvard leader board.
Last Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Princeton showcased the athletic prowess of sophomore Kyle Casey, the determination of junior Keith Wright, and the ball-handling skills of classmate Oliver McNally and sophomore Brandyn Curry. But there was another standout on Saturday: the Crimson fans.
This week, the Full Court Press REMIX introduces you to sophomore Adam Riegel, a self-described “Superfan” and part of the football cheering core. In addition to his love of being half-naked and cheering on the men’s basketball team, Riegel also enjoys watching Yale and Princeton suffer. 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.
Senior Marco Iannuzzi is Harvard’s all-time leader in yards per kickoff return, with an average of 26.5. During his final season, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, including an 84-yard return during The Game. Now, Ianuzzi is hoping to extend his football career to the next level. The senior wide receiver, a native of Calgary, Alberta, participated in the Canadian Football League’s Evaluation Camp this past weekend.