“The win this year was more about backing up what we had already achieved,” sophomore Gina Kennedy said.
In straight sweeps of No. 5 Yale and No. 10 Brown, Harvard increased its undefeated streak to 50 matches—spanning more than three years—and claimed its third straight outright Ivy League title.
On Saturday, the No. 2 Crimson faced No. 1 Princeton in a grudge match of the unbeatens. Just a day later, the team was set for a rematch of last year’s national championship against No. 7 Penn. For the third and fourth times, Harvard bended as far as it has all season. The Crimson dropped just one match each day.
Due to weaker strength of schedule, Harvard dropped from its No. 1 position atop the CSA rankings. However, the team's outcome followed tradition, sweeping games against No. 9 Drexel and No. 3 Trinity.
This blessing of talent allows Coach Mike Way to focus on pragmatic training that will help the team win as a cohesive unit, rather than practicing fundamentals. The team and its coaching staff has pushed aside conventional thinking regarding training, with an emphasis on working smarter, not harder.
Harvard freshman Gina Kennedy claimed the 2017 Women's Individual Championship in stunning fashion, upsetting overwhelming favorite and two-time national finalist Reeham Sedky of Penn, by a score of 3-1.