Athlete Of The Week

Athlete of the Week: Jillian Wachira

Jillian Wachira’s first career goal could hardly have come at a better time. In a tense, low-scoring game against a strong Yale team, her 29th minute game-winning strike was just enough to ensure victory for Harvard women’s soccer.

Athlete of the Week: Madsen, Farris Headline Strong Harvard Sports Weekend

In the 200 freestyle finals on Friday, Farris finished fourth with a time of 1:32.25. This may not immediately jump out as noteworthy until recognizing that the top-three finishers were all former Olympic swimmers.

Olympic Performance

Freshman Dean Farris put on quite the show at the NCAA Championship meet, breaking two school records and finishing just behind three former Olympians in the 200 freestyle finals.

Athlete of the Week: Farris High-Point Swimmer at Ivy Championships

Freshman Dean Farris claimed the Phil Moriarty high-point swimmer of the meet award at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships. The first-year contributed 96 points to the 370 point margin that separated Crimson from its closest competitor, Penn.

Athlete of the Week: Wang Back in Action with Record-Setting Performance

​It is not particularly unusual for sophomore Sonia Wang to put a team on her back. At last weekend’s Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, Wang brought unusual meaning to that common phrase.

Athlete of the Week: Aiken Makes His Case for Ivy League Rookie of the Year

Against Yale this weekend, rookie Bryce Aiken put up 27 points on 7-of-17 shooting.

Athlete of the Week: June Lee Leads Tennis to 3-0 Weekend

Playing its first matches of 2017 at the Murr Center, the women's tennis team picked up its first three victories of the season, stymieing Boston College, Georgetown, and Rhode Island over the weekend. Captain June Lee, junior Annika Ringblom, and freshman Irene Lu all won three singles matches over the two days. For her performance, Lee is The Crimson’s Athlete of the Week.

Athlete of the Week: Kerfoot Is Making More Plays Than Ever

Remember that hypothesis predicting Harvard’s co-captain might see his production drop without the heroics of Jimmy Vesey and Kyle Criscuolo? That’s now obsolete. Because Kerfoot looks to be on his way to the best season he’s ever had.

Athlete of the Week: Balleza Breaks School Record for Career Goals, Points

In field hockey’s 5-0 win against Cornell on Saturday, Balleza accumulated five points, scoring two goals and providing one assist. Those marks helped Balleza become Harvard field hockey’s all-time career leader in points and goals with 103 points and 44 goals.

Athlete of the Week: Football’s Firkser Hauls In Two Touchdowns In Win

­Two minutes into last Friday night’s showdown between Harvard football and Georgetown, halfback Anthony Firkser lined up to the left of the offensive line.

Field Hockey Freshman Bente van Vlijmen Nets Three of Five Weekend Scores

Freshman forward Bente van Vlijmen had a stellar weekend, scoring three of Harvard’s five goals to lead the group over Yale by a 2-0 score and No. 19 Maine by a 3-1 count.

Athlete of the Week Runners Up: Kebe, Football Defensive Backs

​While freshman standout Bente van Vlijmen earned Athlete of the Week honors for her three-goal weekend performance on the field hockey pitch, other Crimson athletes had solid games of their own.

Athlete of the Week: Courtney Smith Bests All Competitors in HYP 5K

Competing Saturday in the annual meet, junior Courtney Smith claimed the individual women’s 5K title with a time of 19:07.8. Smith continued her offseason momentum into the collegiate cross country season, edging out two close Yale runners—Frances Schmiede and Emily Waligurski—with times of 19:08.6 and 19:08.9, respectively.

Athlete of the Week: Balleza Leads Field Hockey to Victory With Overtime Goal

Last week’s nail-biter against University of the Pacific was yet another moment in Balleza’s long history of stealing a win for Harvard. The forward notched both of Harvard’s goals off of a team leading five shots in the double overtime contest.

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