Natalie T. Weiner
Could juggling a soccer ball and listening to reggae be the secret ingredients to setting NCAA records and achieving Olympic standards? These activities are what you can find Harvard junior and now NCAA Champion Graham Blanks doing before a race.
The Harvard men’s and women’s cross country teams have had a strong start to the fall season. After competing in the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, Harvard won both team titles, triumphing over 14 other teams, and had the individual champion in both races as well.
“We've shown many times this year that we're a team that's not gonna go away. Whether we're down a doubles point, we're down two sets in matches, we've come back to win,” junior Ronan Jachuck said. “I can look around, even if we've lost the first set, and know that my teammates aren't going to go away and that the second set is gonna be a battle.”
With an impressive 13-2 record, the Harvard women’s water polo team has had a fantastic start to its 2023 season. The Crimson are currently ranked #16 in the Week 8 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Poll and sit at #2 in the Ivy League, just below Princeton University.
After falling to Princeton in the 2022 Ivy League Softball Championship, the Crimson is ready to reclaim their lost title. The Harvard softball team was ranked second behind the Princeton Tigers in the 2023 Ivy League Preseason Poll, and this second place ranking may be the motivation the Crimson need to upset predictions and defeat the reigning champions.