When I came to Harvard four years ago, I had no idea what college would be like. As a four-year high-school varsity athlete, sportswriter, and consistent spectator at all of our school’s games, I decided that college would be a chance for me to branch out and try new things.
The Harvard men’s swim team made a splash in its first appearance of 2010, claiming an easy 183-117 victory over the Quakers of Penn on Saturday. The win boosts the Crimson’s record to 4-1 for the season, while remaining undefeated at 4-0 in the Ivy League.
Rolling out of bed to the sounds of the marching band on JFK Street, I thought that this past Saturday was going to be a football game like any other.
Granted, with the visiting Princeton team was only sporting a 0-2 record this year, I knew that things would be a little different. But who doesn’t like watching your team demolish a foe that has been a perennial obstacle in each of the last three years on the road to the Ivy League championship? It was going to be a great day, and an epic win.
But as I stood on the sidelines ready to watch the Crimson stomp all over the Tigers, something else was very different as well: the stands were empty.
As the biting November wind rippled through the stands of Harvard Stadium last fall, an era was ending. A war of attrition had been fought and the Crimson had emerged victorious over the visiting Yale Bulldogs, sealing its place as Ivy League co-champions. Senior fifth-year quarterback Chris Pizzotti ’08-’09 walked off of the field to take his place in the record books as 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year, accompanied by his second-in-command, fellow fifth-year senior Liam O’Hagan.
The Pizzotti-O’Hagan dynasty had ended, and as September ushered in the start of a new season, a question lingered in the minds of the Crimson faithful—who on earth is Collier Winters?
In the 102nd minute of play, freshman standout Brian Rogers answered his team’s prayers. The 6’2 forward from Bronxville, N.Y. fired a shot into the left corner of the Bulldog’s net and simultaneously claimed the win for Harvard.
With Rogers’ goal, Harvard pulled out a 1-0 win over Yale, improving its record to 7-1 for the season.
Sophomore Sandra Lynne Fryhofer’s high school yearbook quote says it all: “Trust me, I can handle anything.”
These words, spoken by Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods, describe Fryhofer well. However, the six-foot-tall blonde Harvardian isn’t worried about getting into law school just yet. Right now, the Atlanta, Ga. native is focused on surviving her sophomore year and leading the Harvard women’s volleyball team to victory.