The Full-Court Press: Blake Lewkowitz '11

Published by Alex Sopko on October 12, 2010 at 3:11AM

On Oct. 1 the men’s swimming and diving team took its first official plunge into Blodgett Pool. At midnight. With only a month until the squad’s first tri-meet at Dartmouth, senior Blake Lewkowitz and the rest of the squad are getting ready to race. Here The Hebrew Hammer gives a look into the unusual moments of Harvard swimming, from burning pools to locker room shenanigans. And that myth about peeing turning purple in a pool? It’s true. Every week, The Full-Court Press will give you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.

Name: Blake Lewkowitz

Year: 2011

Stats: The senior from Phoenix, Ariz., was one of only three Harvard men’s swimmers to qualify for NCAA nationals last year after placing second in the 1650 free at the Ivy League Championships. Over the summer Lewkowitz placed in the top 10 of the 5k Open Water Championships, two minutes behind the first place time.

Ready, set…


Senior Returns to the Water for Head of the Charles

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on October 11, 2010 at 3:11AM

Nowadays, senior Sam Houston is best known for being the face of Adams House and a leader in Harvard's sustainability efforts. But back in high school, Houston was better known for her prowess on the water. In two weeks the HoCo co-chair will take up her old trade once more when she races in the club single event in the 46th Head of the Charles.

A native of the Lone Star State, Houston made her presence known across the continent starting in 2006 when her quad took second at the USRowing Youth Invite and at USRowing Club Nationals. Her quad didn't stay the second fastest in the nation for long; the following year, Houston and her teammates won the Youth Invite. The win qualified the rowers to represent the United States in the Annual CanAmMex Regatta in the three sculling events: the single, the double, and the quad. Representing the U.S. in the single and the quad, Houston placed second in both events; the host Canadians swept the sculling events.

In her final year at Harvard, Houston spends most of her time organizing Adams House events, addressing house concerns, and promoting sustainability in the Harvard community. But the sculler still finds time to train both on the erg, a machine many renounce when their team rowing days end, and in the single, through the use of the Recreational Sculling program in Weld Boathouse.


Harvard's Fight Song Among the Best

Published by Madeleine Smith on October 10, 2010 at 3:11AM

The rustling of newly fallen leaves may be an iconic sound of fall, but it certainly isn’t the only one.

Every year when this season finally comes around, college fans rejoice as the sounds of their fight songs take over football stadiums across the country.

As a school that clings to tradition, it’s easy for us to understand how a few notes, combined with roaring crowds, heated competition, and fierce school pride, can turn into a ritual.

While the Crimson’s “Ten Thousand Men of Harvard” may not inspire quite the same electric atmosphere as those songs of lore like USC’s “Fight On” or Ohio State’s “Buckeye Battle Cry,” it has nonetheless earned its place in the history of Harvard athletics.

In fact, the song, written by A. Putnam ’18 has also earned its place on several lists of  “Top College Fight Songs.”


Men's Heavyweights Row the Oklahoma

Published by Jessica L. Flakne on October 10, 2010 at 3:11AM

"Oklahoma: where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain!" or should we say, "Where the eights come sweepin' down the lane?”

This weekend the latter was definitely the case in Oklahoma City, Okla. where the annual Oklahoma Regatta Festival and Head of the Oklahoma regatta returned to the Oklahoma River. The Festival includes dragon boat racing, kayaking events, and rowing, as well as festivities for the community. And this year Crimson rowers have joined in the fun.

The Harvard men's heavyweight rowing team sent an eight of upperclassmen to the Head of the Oklahoma this weekend. The boat consisted of seven seniors including Ben French, Anthony Locke, Connor Griffith, Dave Wakulich, Phil Matthews, Alex Soutter and Chris Kingston, as well as two juniors, Sam O'Connor and Mike DiSanto.


Water Polo Heads West for Games

Published by Madeleine Smith on October 08, 2010 at 3:11AM

Harvard men’s water polo is about to go coast-to-coast.

After an impressive 10-8 win over Cambridge-rival MIT at Blodgett Pool last Saturday, the Crimson will head west for five games against a host of California opponents.

This weekend, the Harvard team will play in Claremont, Calif., as a part of the Claremont Convergence. The tournament has become an annual part of the Crimson’s schedule and usually includes some of the country’s toughest competition.