Year in Sports

A ‘Quiet Warrior’: Gina Kennedy, Female Athlete of the Year

For many athletes, elevated expectations come with crippling performance challenges. But as Harvard squash champion Gina Kennedy went from being one of the top performers in the country to becoming the player to beat in all of women’s college squash, she dazzled under the spotlight.

Through Cloudy Days

Senior rower Grace Eysenbach, pictured in the front boat in the orange and green, has appeared for both First and Second Varsity Eights for women’s heavyweight crew and earned a CRCA National Scholar Athlete Award in her junior year.

Holding Up Number 1's

Harvard managed to hold on to its one-goal lead over Princeton in the closing stages of the NWPC Championship. With the 8-7 victory, the team earned the chance for a photo op and an NCAA Tournament berth.


Before a long career in athletics administration, Harvard athletic director Erin McDermott (top right) played Division I basketball at Hofstra, establishing a presence in the paint as a forward and center.

Cause for Celebration

Harvard celebrates its decisive goal in a 1-0 win over Penn last season. The Crimson program will look to do more celebrating as it returns most of its 2019 core and will get a boost from a program-best recruiting class.

Kicking Bass

Senior guard Justin Bassey skies to the hoop in a late-February Ivy League tilt. In his senior season, the Denver native started all 29 games, averaging 28.2 minutes per contest, before the season ended with the cancellation of the Ivy League Tournament.

Let's Keep It Simple: National Champions

The national champions pose with their medals, trophy, and banner. The Crimson would lose just twice over the course of the season...before later avenging both losses (to Dartmouth and Army West Point) in the playoffs.

Taking Care of Business

Senior Gina Kennedy wrapped up her Harvard career with her third straight undefeated campaign, making her total record at Harvard an astounding 54-2.

Empty Gates

The 2020 "Year in Sports" edition is unprecedented.

It's a Wrap

Sophomore Cassidy Bargell looks to elude the Black Knights' defender. In the game, while Army attempted to wrap up the Crimson, Harvard wrapped up the season in victory: with a national championship.


Junior distance runner Abbe Goldstein crosses the relay finish line with a comfortable margin, showing the speed that helped her qualify for NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

No Shoe, No Problem: Kieran Tuntivate, Male Athlete of the Year

On the second day of the Valentine Invitational at nearby BU, a Harvard runner would make history. Senior cross country and track star Kieran Tuntivate broke the once unthinkable four-minute barrier in the mile, crossing the finish line in 3:57.36.

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