When Harvard claimed the 2014 Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship back in February, coach Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92 didn’t attribute the win to any individual performances. She instead characterized the victory as a test of the team’s ability to respond to adversity.
Pressure is nothing new for collegiate athletes. However, certain dietary demands inherent in sports exacerbate these pressures, leading to unhealthy eating practices that toe the line with medically diagnosible disordered eating.
Sophomore Danielle Lee is used to setting and breaking records. When the Crimson swimmer helped her team win an Ivy League Championship a month ago, she broke the conference record for her 400-medley relay performance with a time of 52.77 seconds, and set a new record for Harvard too.
The Harvard men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs proved their dominance within the Ivy League with their individual league championships but in the upcoming weeks, a few Crimson athletes will have the chance to represent Harvard on a national scale.
Participating in a sport that is focused entirely on time, it was fitting that seniors Kyle Krueger and Paige Newell ended their swimming careers not necessarily thinking about how fast they were swimming, but about how they had arrived at this moment.
One doesn’t normally associate hat tricks with swimming and diving, but the Harvard women’s swimming and diving scored a rare three-peat, winning the HYP meet for the third year in a row. The victory over Yale and Princeton at the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool marks the end of Ivy League competition for the Crimson this season.
The Harvard men’s Nordic team placed fourth and third on Friday and Saturday, respectively, in its 10K classic and 15K freestyle races. The women’s team placed fifth and 11th in its 5K classic and 10K freestyle competitions.