Crimson staff writer
When thinking of classic American sports, baseball usually comes to mind. But only 10 years after professional baseball was brought to the states, before the sport of basketball was even a thought in its creators head and a year before the first indoor hockey game was played (Hockey Hall of fame), the annals of football were being written by the Harvard Football Club.
One of the most unique parts of Harvard Crew is a culture of walk ons. There are very few sports where athletes are encouraged to start anew in college, and join a varsity team in a sport they’ve never played before. Rowing is one of those sports. Many of the first-year class are encouraged to join the “novice” program, and commit to weeks of grueling workouts with the hopes of joining the team.
This year at the Ivy League Swim and Dive Championships, the Harvard women's swim and dive team (6-2, 5-2 Ivy League) took home the silver, while Harvard men’s swim and dive team (7-0) was able to win the tournament. For the women’s team, the trip to Providence, R.I. offered the chance to win the tournament in back-to-back years, while the men headed to Princeton, N.J. looking for a sixth-straight conference title.
Men's Swim and Dive Captures HYP Title, Women's Swim and Dive Places Third In Preparation for Ivy Championship
Last weekend the hot, humid atmosphere of Blodgett Pool was especially active as both the Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive teams competed in the Harvard-Yale-Princeton Meet.
On Nov. 17, 2018, Harvard football took on Yale in the 135th iteration of The Game. But for the first time since 1894, The Game was played in neither Cambridge nor New Haven. Instead, it was played at historic Fenway Park.
Making a Splash In and Out of the Pool: Harvard Swimmer Abby Carr Fights For Athletes' Voices on HUA
Sophomore butterfly/backstroke swimmer Abby Carr has proven herself in the pool. But the Maryland native wanted to serve as an example that athletes can compete off of the field, too. Her longing for an athlete’s perspective in student government inspired her to run in the HUA’s inaugural elections in April. In her campaign, she committed to prioritizing issues pertinent to Harvard’s student-athlete community. Then, during the election, she earned the most votes in the HUA’s ranked-choice voting system, becoming one of the initial members of the organization’s nine-person leadership.
On Saturday, April 25, Jordan Field was electrified by the presence of over 2,400 fans as the No. 12 men's lacrosse team toppled the No. 3 Princeton Tigers, 19-16. The win catapulted Harvard into a five-way tie with Yale, Brown, Princeton and Cornell for first place in the Ivy League and set the stage for a pivotal game against the Bulldogs this upcoming weekend.
On April 5, first-year Lauren Scruggs mounted the top step of the podium at the junior world championship fencing tournament, becoming the No. 1 foil fencer in the world. After four fierce days of competition in the other half of the globe, the New York native annihilated Japan’s Yuzuha Takeyama 15-3 to take home the gold and add to her laundry list of accomplishments in the fencing world.
To qualify for the national championship, Conigliaro dominated the field at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) conference tournament, going 4-0 to win the 165-pound weight class and securing the Crimson’s first EIWA title since 2016. He tallied a technical fall as well as three decision victories at the conference meet, earning the No. 8 seed headed into nationals.