Most of the time in college, ping-pong balls aren’t used for ping pong.
But the members of the Harvard Table Tennis Club have traded in solo cups for paddles and legitimate athletic competition.
Two Crimson teams competed in the national championships this past weekend in Rochester, Minn. The women qualified in February, and the co-ed made it in about a month later.
With spring comes all the craziness, both in the atmosphere and on the ground. In the air, the weather for the most part has been unwilling to make up its mind between days ofglorious sunshine and downright depressing days soaked with April showers. Best to have the shorts and sunglasses, rain boots and umbrellas on constant standby, because you never know what you are going to get. Likewise, in the world of Ivy sports, this past week has been one that featured both heartwarming stories and near scares for Ivy followers. We’ll explain it all in another edition of Around the Water Cooler.
In Ivy baseball last weekend, Dartmouth was the only team to go a perfect 4-0 in Ivy play. The Big Green won two games against Cornell—who had previously been undefeated in Ivy play—and Princeton to move to 6-2 and in first place in the Rolfe Division.
On Sunday afternoon, the Crimson men's soccer team and the Haitian National Team played to a 0-0 tie before more than 11,000 fans at Harvard Stadium. Following the end of regulation, Harvard and Haiti settled the match in penalty kicks, with Haiti coming off on top 4-1. The game, titled “Haiti Leve,” or “Haiti Rises” for our non-Creole reading readership, was the first leg of a five-day benefit trip by the Haitian National team throughout New England in hopes to raise funds for the organization Partners in Health, which helps relief efforts in Haiti. Tickets for the general public were ten dollars with additional donations collected at the game.
Coming into the season, the Harvard baseball team looked like a legitimate contender for the Ivy League crown.
But expectations differed sorely from reality: the squad now holds a dismal 4-25 record. The Crimson hasn’t fared much better in league play, either, winning just once in eight tries. Currently, Harvard is in last place in the Rolfe Division, five games behind division-leading Dartmouth.
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.
SPRING SEASONS HIT HOME STRETCH
18: The number of runs given up by Harvard baseball against Cornell in a loss Sunday.
12: The number of runs scored by Cornell in the second inning in the game.
37: The number of combined goals scored in the women lacrosse team 19-18 loss to Virginia.
16: The number of runs the Crimson softball team outscored Holy Cross by in Tuesday's doubleheader.
3: The number of home runs hit by softball player Kasey Lange in those two games.
9: The number of RBI’S by Lange in the doubleheader.
For Princeton crew, this spring has been one to remember. All four first varsity eights are currently unbeaten, with the women's heavyweights, women's lightweights, and men's lightweights currently ranked first in the nation. While the No. 2 Harvard lightweights won't get a crack at the Tigers until an Apr. 30 race on the Charles, Princeton's undefeated streak could soon come to an end at the hands of the No. 3 Harvard heavyweights.