Tight end Blake Barker, the top high school football recruit in Massachusetts, decommitted from the Palo Alto, Calif. school on Oct. 16 and verbally declared his allegiance to the Crimson football ranks.
As a teammate, Nigel Munoz commands enormous respect from his peers thanks to his track record—he already holds two of the Crimson heavyweight crew’s erg records for 2000 and 5000 meters—and his ability to exude a quiet dedication to his passions.
Take a look at the Harvard men’s water polo team’s lineup and something clearly stands out–other than a few players from Eastern Europe or New England, the Crimson’s roster is remarkably dominated by Californians. “There’s something about the team, the fact that most of us have the shared experience of not being from east coast places,” goalie Nikhil Balaraman said. “We can commiserate in the snow and all that terrible stuff that none of us had seen before.” Balaraman is a senior originally from the San Diego area, who despite the drastic change in weather, has established himself as an important part of the water polo team here at Harvard.