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2020 Vision

I am urging our nation’s young people to “be the change [they] want to see in the world.” I am urging young people, especially the Class of 2020, to share in my vision: a vision in which 2020 is the year we make significant progress on the road to defeat racism and systemic inequality.


It's Lonely at the Top: Women's Rugby, National Champs and Team of the Year

On Mignone Field, in front of a large and boisterous home crowd, the Harvard women’s rugby team defeated Army West Point 18-7 to be named the 2019 National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) National Champions for the first time in program history. After a season full of adversity and a couple stinging losses, the team pulled together to achieve a historic season.


Doubling Down on Youth

Freshman Ronan Jachuck (front) and sophomore Brian Shi helped Harvard men's tennis sweep Rice in February to move to 5-0. The underclassmen ensure that the Crimson's future is bright.


Youth Proves to be the Aces of Harvard Tennis in Abbreviated Season

After twin victories over Northwestern and Boston University, the Crimson moved up to No. 11 in the Division I rankings, the team’s highest ranking since 1998 and its third-highest in history. This would be the final spot for Harvard mens’ tennis before the rest of the season was canceled due to the coronavirus.


Clark Dean’s Olympic Training Put on Pause

Needless to say, Dean’s training schedule has completely changed since the Olympics were officially postponed. While he was a couple of short months away from peaking, he now has to reverse his training schedule and essentially begin his off-season.


Stars, Stripes, and Oars

Clark Dean, pictured in the foreground, helped power these four Americans to a top-eight finish at the 2019 World Championships. The Harvard rower had hoped to earn a chance to replicate this international success at the 2020 Olympics, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put his training schedule in an uncertain place.


Coronavirus Puts Harvard Fencer Elizabeth Tartakovsky’s Olympic Dream On Hold

“I know that I’m gonna have to make a tough decision eventually, but I had to make a tough decision last year as well about whether to take a year off or not,” Taratakovsky explained. “And I don’t regret it for a minute.”


Harvard Goes 1-2 on the Road to Open Season

Harvard will host Fairfield in its first home contest of the season this Saturday at 3:00 PM on Jordan Field. The Crimson went 1-2 on the road to open the season, defeating No. 19 UMass before falling to Holy Cross and Albany, with all three games being decided by just a single goal.


Men's Squash Wins Second Straight Championship

Ripping a volley down the backhand side, sophomore Victor Crouin watched as his opponent, No. 3 University of Pennsylvania’s Andrew Douglas, made a desperate stab at the ball in the back corner. When his return fell short of the front wall, Crouin turned towards the roaring crowd and thumped his chest in triumph.


Making a Racket

Harvard defeated Princeton this weekend to win its second straight national championship.


MVP

Junior forward Becca Gilmore powered the Crimson to a series victory with four goals, including a triple-OT game-winner, and two assists on the weekend. The effort would earn her ECAC Player of the Week honors.


Women’s Ice Hockey Defeats Yale in Triple Overtime to Win ECAC Quarterfinal Series

As the clock wound down in the third period, Harvard held a 3-2 lead over Yale. Then, with 14.1 seconds remaining in regulation, Bulldog senior defender Saroya Tinker executed a shot from the point which Dalton successfully redirected in the air, steering the puck past Crimson sophomore goaltender Lindsay Reed’s shoulder to send the game into overtime.


Hugs All Around

Going into the championship meet this past weekend, the Crimson men had high hopes. Two swimmers shared a well-deserved embrace after yet another positive result that set the team on the path to victory.


Women’s Ice Hockey Drops Game Two to Yale in Overtime, Setting Up a Decisive Game Three Tomorrow

In the overtime session, Harvard funneled many chances to the net. The Crimson forced Yale junior goaltender Gianna Meloni to make a couple of semi-breakaway saves, outshot the Bulldogs 7-3, and earned a power play as well. Nonetheless, Yale withstood the pressure and found a game-winning goal from junior forward Tess Dettling on a backdoor feed from sophomore forward Claire Dalton. A decisive game three awaits after the Bulldog 4-3 victory.


From Downtown

Sophomore defender Maryna Macdonald uncorks the point blast that would lead to a Becca Gilmore deflection and 2-0 Harvard lead.


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