As a teammate, Nigel Munoz commands enormous respect from his peers thanks to his track record—he already holds two of the Crimson heavyweight crew’s erg records for 2000 and 5000 meters—and his ability to exude a quiet dedication to his passions.
Take a look at the Harvard men’s water polo team’s lineup and something clearly stands out–other than a few players from Eastern Europe or New England, the Crimson’s roster is remarkably dominated by Californians. “There’s something about the team, the fact that most of us have the shared experience of not being from east coast places,” goalie Nikhil Balaraman said. “We can commiserate in the snow and all that terrible stuff that none of us had seen before.” Balaraman is a senior originally from the San Diego area, who despite the drastic change in weather, has established himself as an important part of the water polo team here at Harvard.
A troupe of performers commit to revitalizing the Bard’s work
Football is one of those sports where talent often runs in the family. Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning, Howie and Chris Long, Kellen and Kellen Winslow—the list of NFL families is lengthy. Harvard football is no exception to this trend, as the Crimson can say it has a player whose family heirloom is a football. Hailing from Oxnard, California, freshman defensive back Brian Owusu is the second oldest in a family of five standout athletes.
When Lance Armstrong won his record-breaking seventh Tour de France championship in 2005, Chris Hong was playing the violin, not giving a moment’s thought to cycling. Now, four years later in Hong’s senior year at Harvard, his stringed instruments have been pushed to the wayside for handlebars and a saddle, and cycling has become his new, and favorite, tune.