Brenna R. Nelsen
A little over two months removed from its first varsity practice, the Crimson found itself rightfully situated at the top of the Ivy League. But this wasn’t exactly the “rags to riches” season it may, at first glance, appear to be.
In a season of many firsts, the Harvard women’s rugby team reached another milestone on Sunday, capturing its first ever Ivy League Championship title.
The Crimson came out firing from the start and never looked back en route to a 36-0 victory over the Tigers.
Going back to its roots, the Crimson looked and played like a new team, tearing past the Bears in a 57-7 routing.
As a co-captain of the Crimson’s first-ever varsity rugby team, Xanni Brown has a wealth of experience on the field. But in addition to her almost four years as a starter for the squad, Brown has the added experience of having played for the women’s national team in the summer of 2011, less than a year after attending her first rugby practice.
Work to win. That’s the motto that senior linebacker Joshua Boyd has adopted during his career at Harvard.
Under the bright lights of Cumnock Field, the Harvard women’s rugby team took the field Tuesday night for its first-ever game as a varsity squad.
Sobhy became the first player in over a decade to clinch back-to-back Ramsay Cups. But her quest is not over yet, as the sophomore hopes to become the first player in over 30 years to win four straight individual national titles.
After capturing the CSA National Championships last year, the team repeated its success, dropping just one match overall.
The Crimson cruised through an undefeated dual meet season en route to a second place finish at Ivy League Championships.
As the Harvard women’s rugby team transitions to varsity status next year, the Crimson will have an experienced leader at the helm of the emerging program. The Harvard Athletic Department announced the hiring of Sue Parker last Wednesday. Parker will take over as head coach of the varsity team starting in the fall of 2013.
The Harvard sailing team split up along the Charles River, as the Crimson competed in three regattas in the Boston area.
The team looked to capitalize on its success from last weekend, when Harvard notched a victory at the Ted Ferrarone Team Race.
Harvard’s performance at the season-ending meet did not quite live up to its regular-season promise. The Crimson turned in eight top-30 performances but failed to reach the finals in any event.
In their final competitive event of the season, eight members of the Harvard men’s swimming and diving team will hit the water in Indianapolis to compete in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Coming off a season in which the Crimson went undefeated in dual meets before barely losing the Ivy League Championships to four-time defending champion Princeton, Harvard will have one final test against the nation’s best squads.
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