Nico Weiler of the Harvard men's track and field team is the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for June 11. He Weiler shattered his own school record in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships, placing fourth in the competition Friday. Weiler finished the competition with a clearance of 18' 0.5" (5.50m) and was one of only four competitors to clear the 5.50-meter height.
The Harvard lightweight varsity eight is the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for June 4. The crew of oarsmen Florian Mayr, Alex Newell, Tim Moore, Nicholas Gates, Stuart Taylor, Erich Schultze, Matt O'Leary and Michael Wales captured Harvard's eight national championship in men's lightweight crew with their first-place finish at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships. The boat broke the course record by three seconds and finished a second ahead of runner-up Dartmouth.
Rachel Brown of the Harvard softball team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for May 21. The senior pitched the Crimson to the NCAA Regional Final with wins over Maryland, 3-2 (8), and Texas Tech, 2-0, May 19. At the Seattle Regional, Brown threw four complete games, allowed 21 hits and seven earned runs, while striking out 20 batters. Harvard ended the season with a 4-0 loss to regional host and No. 16 Washington in the final, and finished with a 35-15 overall mark, collecting the second-most wins in a season in program history and first-ever birth in the NCAA Regional Final. Brown completed her final year in Cambridge with a 21-7 record in the circle.
The Radcliffe heavyweight varsity eight is the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for May 14. Rowers Michelle Pearson, Lucy Grinalds, Liz Soutter, Mimi Tanski, Courtney Diekema, Jenna Gregoire, Scout Moran and Mary Maginnis and coxswain Jill Carlson outlasted Cornell and top-seeded Princeton to win the inaugural Ivy League Championship Sunday on the Cooper River. The members of Radcliffe's varsity eight earned first-team All-Ivy League honors, as they finished the grand final in 6:17.744. After claiming the Ivy crown for the first time since its national title season of 2003, Radcliffe now owns eight Ivy championships.
Ben Glauser, a freshman on the Harvard men’s track and field team, was named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for May 7. Glauser was part of a strong effort from the Harvard throwing squad that combined for 85 points at the Heptagonal Championship. The Atlanta, Ga., native broke a 43-year old school record with a second-place throw of 58' 11.5" (17.97m) in the shot put. He also earned a spot on the All-Ivy League second team with a runner-up mark of 195' (59.45m) in the hammer, almost a meter further than his previous best and good for the ninth-best distance in team history.
Bonnie Hu of the Harvard women’s golf team was named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for April 30 after leading the Crimson to the 2012 Ivy League championship. The sophomore from Freemont, Calif., captured the individual title and garnered All-Ivy League first team honors. Hu shot 77-73-75-225 to win the crown by five strokes over Penn’s Isabel Han. All five Crimson golfers finished in the top-15 to claim its third conference championship in the last five years and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Rachel Brown of the Harvard softball team is the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for April 23. The senior allowed one earned run and struck out 25 batters in 21 innings of work, helping the Crimson clinch its third straight Ivy League North Division title. After surrendering a first-inning run Friday in the opener of Harvard's weekend series against the Brown Bears, she did not allow a hit over the final nine innings of a 2-1, extra-inning win. She followed that effort with a two-hit shutout of the Bears Saturday. Brown also struck out six Boston University Terriers in four innings of midweek work and posted an earned-run average of 0.33 for the week.
Sarah Pierson of the Harvard sailing team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for April 16. Pierson helped lead the Crimson to its first New England Championship since 2001 over the weekend. Sailing in the crew position alongside skipper and previous Athlete of the Week Brendan Kopp, she helped Harvard win the A division at the New England Dinghy Championship. Kopp and Pierson totaled just 110 points in 18 weekend races and were at their best down the stretch with two wins and a runner-up finish in the final five rounds of competition. They finished seventh or better in 11 of the 18 races, including seven top-three finishes.
Jennifer VanderMuelen of the Harvard women’s lacrosse team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for April 9. VanderMuelen scored seven goals in two games last week, including six in a victory over Ivy League opponent Brown April 7. The junior’s six scores tied her career high and moved her into a tie for sixth place on Harvard’s career goals list with 122. The Liverpool, N.Y., native also added a tally against No. 9 Virginia April 2. VanderMuelen and the Crimson play home contests against Holy Cross (April 11) and Princeton (April 14) this week.
Devan Kennifer of the Harvard women’s water polo team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week April 2. Kennifer tallied six goals, six assists and eight steals in a pair of CWPA Southern Division wins March 31. The senior led Harvard past Mercyhurst, 10-4, with two goals, two assists and five steals before having an equally impressive performance against George Washington in the nightcap. In an 18-12 win over GW, Kennifer had four goals, four assists and three steals to contribute to the Crimson’s biggest offensive outburst of the season. The Monterey, Calif., native ranks second on the Harvard squad with 49 scores this season.
Harvard fencing’s Valentin Staller has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for March 26. Staller, who was one of six Harvard fencers to garner All-America honors, placed second at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio. The Old Field, N.Y., native defeated No. 1 seed Max Stearns from Ohio State to make the final, after qualifying for the semifinals by placing in the top four. Staller fell to Penn State’s Aleksander Ochocki, 15-11, in the title bout. The senior had a +22 scoring differential throughout the tournament.
Jeff Cohen, an attackman on the Harvard men’s lacrosse team, has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for March 19. Cohen scored five goals at No. 14/15 Duke March 12 and tallied five more scores against Brown March 17. Against Brown, the senior netted the game-winning goal at the 2:19 mark of overtime, to propel the Harvard to a 10-9 victory. The Syosset, N.Y., native, who has 23 goals this season, ranks fourth in school history with 117 career scores. Cohen has scored five times in three games this season and has registered hat tricks in five straight contests.
DJ White of the Harvard men’s volleyball team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for March 12. White helped the Crimson beat No. 12 Cal State Northridge, 3-1, March 10. The win marked the first victory over a ranked team for Harvard under head coach Brian Baise. White registered a double-double in the win with 16 kills and 11 digs. The freshman has accumulated 135 kills and 73 digs this season, both good for second on the team. Harvard continues its California trip with matches at Pepperdine March 12 and Cal Baptist March 13.
Ali Farag of the Harvard men’s squash team has been named co-Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for March 5. The sophomore gave the Crimson its second national champion in three years with a 3-0 win in the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships in Amherst, Mass., March 4. Farag swept Ramit Tandon of Columiba in the title match, his third sweep in as many matches at the tournament. The Cairo, Egypt native, who finished the season with a 16-0 record, is Harvard’s 34th winner of the Pool Trophy, given to the nation’s individual tournament champion.
Amanda Sobhy, a Harvard women’s squash team member, has been named co-Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for March 5. The freshman won the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships in Amherst, Mass., March 4. Sobhy completed a flawless run at the tournament with a 3-0 sweep of defending champion Millie Tomlinson of Yale in the title match to become Harvard’s 12th Ramsay Cup champion. The Sea Cliff, N.Y., native finished the 2011-12 season with a 15-0 record.
The Harvard women’s squash team was named the Harvard COOP Athletes of the Week for Feb. 27. The top-ranked Crimson captured the 13th national title in program history, as Harvard won the College Squash Association national women's team championship by defeating No. 2 Yale, 8-1, at the Murr Center Sunday. The Crimson, which has won two of the last three CSA national titles, completed its season with a perfect 17-0 record, as Harvard also claimed the Ivy League title and Barhite Award, given to team with the best dual-match record, along the way this year. Harvard's national championship is the first for the women's program under Mike Way, the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University.
Rebecca Nadler of the Harvard Alpine skiing team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Feb. 20. The Ottawa, Ont., native battled challenging snow conditions and course sets to claim the giant slalom event at Jiminy Peak Feb. 18. Nadler improved on consecutive second-place finishes to become Harvard’s first Alpine skier to win a downhill event on the EISA circuit. The sophomore, now the overall points leader in the EISA, helped the Crimson to a ninth-place team finish with her event victory. Nadler and the Crimson take part in the EISA Championships at the Middlebury Carnival Feb. 24-25 to close the 2012 season.
Valentin Staller of the Harvard men’s fencing team has been honored as the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week Feb. 13. Staller, who was named to the All-Ivy first team, went 12-3 over a two-day span at the Ivy League Championship. The senior from Old Field, N.Y., missed out on sharing the individual title by one win. The Crimson takes part in the Beanpot tournament at Harvard’s Maklin Athletic Center Feb. 14.
Jillian Dempsey of the Harvard women's hockey team was named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week Feb. 7. Dempsey poured in a five goals, one short of tying the NCAA record, in a 10-1 win over Ivy League rival Princeton Feb. 4. With Harvard trailing 1-0 in the second period, the Winthrop, Mass., native scored three consecutive strikes, including one shorthanded and one power play goal. She added another tally late in the second, her fourth of the frame, and found the net for a fifth time with 41 seconds remaining in the contest. Dempsey also added two goals in the third period to help the Crimson come from behind to beat Quinnipiac, 4-2, Feb. 3.
Kaitlin Spurling of the Harvard women’s hockey team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Jan. 30. Spurling had six points on four goals and two assists to lead the Crimson to wins at Yale Jan. 27 and Brown Jan. 28. The junior Byfield, Mass., native started the weekend with a four-point performance against Yale. She had two first-period goals to give the Crimson an early 3-0 advantage and added two assists en route to an 8-0 victory over the Bulldogs. Against Brown, Spurling added two more scores to help the Crimson get past the Bears, 3-0. Spurling and the Crimson open the Beanpot Jan. 31 at Boston University, before taking on Quinnipiac (Feb. 3) and Princeton (Feb. 4) at Bright Hockey Center.
Marshall Everson of the Harvard men’s ice hockey team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Jan. 23. Everson had a hand in all four Harvard goals as the Crimson went on the road and tied nationally ranked opponents Colgate and Cornell. In each game, he scored to draw Harvard even late in the first period and later assisted on a key goal. His assist on Peter Starrett’s goal Friday helped give the Crimson a second-period lead against the No. 18 Raiders. On Saturday, he assisted on Alex Killorn’s game-tying goal in the third period. Harvard will face Ivy League rival Yale Jan. 27 at Bright Hockey Center. The 7:30 p.m. start is set to air live on NBC Sports Network.
Haley Mendez of the No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Harvard women’s squash team was named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week Jan. 16. Mendez, playing in the No. 4 position, broke a 4-4 tie against No. 3 Princeton with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Alexis Saunders. The freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y., trailed early in the match but won the last two games, 11-3, 11-2, to take Harvard past the visiting Tigers. The Crimson advanced to 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the Ivy League with the win. Harvard will be back in action Jan. 21 at No. 5 Trinity.
Harvard women’s basketball’s Brogan Berry has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Jan. 9. Berry led the Crimson to non-conference wins at Massachusetts, 68-57, and TCU, 56-44, last week. The senior captain registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists against UMass and followed with a 17-point performance against TCU. Berry moved into the Ivy League's all-time top 10 for career assists and became the 10th leading scorer in school history during the week. Harvard’s wins moved its record to 7-6 overall and the Crimson will open up Ivy League play at Dartmouth Jan. 14.
Alex Killorn of the Harvard men’s ice hockey team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Jan. 2. Killorn, a senior from Montreal, Que., led Harvard with two goals and two assists and posted a 29-10 record (.744) at the faceoff dot in a pair of weekend games at No. 18 North Dakota. He scored a goal and added two assists, one on Marshall Everson’s game-tying goal in the third period, in Friday’s 4-4 tie. Killorn then scored to give Harvard a first-period lead Saturday. Killorn and the Crimson continue the season with a pair of road games this weekend before taking on Union at Fenway Park Jan. 13.
The Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Dec. 12 is Chuck Katis of the Harvard men’s swimming team. Katis set three pool records at Columbia’s Uris Pool to help Harvard defeat the Lions, 206-92, in a dual meet Dec. 10. The freshman led 1-2-3 finishes for the Crimson in the 100-yard breaststroke (55.18 seconds) and 200 breast (2:00.76) in his first two record-setting performances of the day. Katis secured Harvard's final victory of the day in the 200 individual medley, again setting a pool record and earning a new personal-best time of 1:48.56 in the process. The Falls Church, Va., native was also a part of the winning 200 medley relay team along with Jack Pretto, Niall Janney and Chris Satterthwaite.
Harvard wrestling’s Steven Keith has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Dec. 5. Keith won four matches at 133 lbs. to place third individual and help the Crimson to a 15th-place finish at the 2011 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Keith picked up a 2-1 decision over Hofstra's Jamie Franco in the first round and then knocked off Army's Jordan Thome, the ninth seed, via a 9-0 major decision in the second round. After falling to top-seeded Logan Stieber of Ohio State, the Shoreham, N.Y., native bounced back to defeat 11th-seeded Thomas Kelliher with a fall at the 2:11 mark and second-seed Ryan Mango of Stanford with a 5-4 decision to claim third place.
Keith Wright of the Harvard men’s basketball team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Nov. 28. The senior led the Crimson to wins over Utah, No. 20 Florida State and Central Florida to capture the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis tournament championship in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Wright was named the tournament’s MVP after averaging 10 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. In the opener, a 28-point rout of Utah, Wright scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and contributed seven rebounds and three blocks. Wright added another seven boards in the championship against Central Florida and scored 12 points, while going 4-of-6 from the field, to finish 11-of-16 (68.8%) during the tournament. Harvard, now 6-0 overall this season, continues the regular season at Vermont Dec. 1.
Alexandra Kiefer of the Harvard women’s fencing team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Nov. 21. Kiefer took home the gold in the foil event at the Garret Open hosted by Penn State Nov. 19. The sophomore from Lexington, Ky., beat out 49 other entrants to claim first place at the prestigious tournament. Kiefer and the Crimson return to action Dec. 3, when Harvard makes its second trip to State College, Pa., for the Penn State Invitational.
Josue Ortiz of the Harvard football team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 14. Ortiz, one of 21 seniors honored at their last home game, helped the Crimson clinch the outright Ivy League title with a win over Penn, 37-20 Saturday. The Avon Park, Fla., native led the defensive effort with 10 tackles, including 3.5 for loss and two sacks, while also forcing and recovering a fumble. With Harvard trailing 7-0 in the second quarter, Ortiz swung the momentum to the Crimson side by forcing and recovering a fumble at the Penn 24-yard line. He recorded a sack on the Quakers' first drive and ended their second with another sack, his league-leading ninth of the season. Harvard finishes the season at rival Yale Nov. 19 at noon.
Christine Wu, a senior on the Harvard women’s volleyball team, has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Nov. 7. Wu recorded 28 digs against the Lions, not only clinching the number two spot in Ivy League history but also setting a new career high for digs in a three set match. The Naperville, Ill., native has amassed 1,780 digs in her career, second only to the 2,141 digs recorded by Penn's Madison Wojciechowski. Wu, who broke the program record for career digs earlier this season, entered the contest ranked 18th in the NCAA in digs per set.
Marissa Gedman, a sophomore on the Harvard women’s ice hockey team, has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 31. Gedman tallied a goal and two assists in the season-opening win over St. Lawrence and scored the game-winner in overtime against Clarkson. The game-winning tally came just 1:32 into overtime as the Framingham, Mass., native took a pass from Michelle Picard and moved to just outside the right faceoff circle where she slapped a shot past the Clarkson goaltender. She also contributed to a defensive effort that allowed two goals in the season’s first two contest. Gedman finished the weekend with a team-leading five points and a +4 rating.
The Harvard championship eight is the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 24. Patrick Lapage, Matthew Edstein, Caspar Jopling, Andrew Reed, Sam O'Connor, Josh Hicks, Andrew Holmes, James O'Connor and coxswain David Fuller won the premier eights race at the Head of the Charles Regatta for the first time since 1977, finishing first among 34 crews. They finished the three-mile course in 14:17.68, topping USRowing by 6.5 seconds and defending national champion Washington by 8.5. The group accomplished the feat in uniforms commemorating Harry Parker’s 50th season as Crimson head coach.
Evan Ramsey of the Harvard men’s water polo team has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 17. The freshman had an impressive all-around performance in a 16-7 win over Connecticut College Oct. 15 and scored a dramatic game-winning goal against Mercyhurst Oct. 16. Ramsey contributed to half of the Crimson scoring output against Connecticut College with a season-high five goals and three assists. He also added two steals on the defensive end in the win. With less than 30 seconds remaining against Mercyhurst, Ramsey caught a lob pass in the middle of the Crimson offensive set and fired past a diving Mercyhurst goalie into the top left corner of the goal to give Harvard a 10-9 victory. The goal was the Irvine, Calif., native’s 12th of the season.
After a career day, Harvard football’s Colton Chapple has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 11. The junior quarterback threw for 414 yards on 23 completions and four touchdowns to lead the Crimson to a 41-31 win at Cornell Oct. 8. Chapple’s career-high yardage is the second-highest single-game passing mark in school history. During a pivotal seven-minute stretch in the second half, Chapple threw three touchdown passes to turn a four-point deficit into a 17-point lead for Harvard. For his efforts, the Alpharetta, Ga., native was named Ivy League Player of the Week. Behind Chapple, the Crimson won its third consecutive game and improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League.
Peyton Johnson, a sophomore on the Harvard women’s soccer team, has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 2. In the 93rd minute, Johnson drilled a penalty kick to give the Crimson a 2-1 sudden victory over arch rival Yale Oct. 1. The Catonsville, Md., native earned the penalty kick opportunity after her advance of the ball through the box struck the hand of a Yale defender. The game winner was Johnson’s second goal of 2011 and gives her seven points through 10 games. Harvard moved to 2-0 in Ivy League play and 6-4 overall.
Senior Melanie Baskind has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Sept. 26. Baskind led the Crimson women’s soccer team to two victories last week. In Harvard’s Ivy League opener, Baskind scored both goals for the Crimson in a 2-0 win over Penn Sept 23. The Framingham, Mass., native scored after a cross from Peyton Johnson at 13:02 before adding her team-high seventh goal of the year on another Johnson assist at 24:42. Baskind contributed her 13th and 14th points of the year on two assists to help the Crimson past New Hampshire, 4-1, Sept. 25. After the Crimson jumped to a 2-0 lead at the half, Baskind assisted on goals by Elizabeth Weisman and Meg Casscells-Hamby in a three-minute span at the beginning of the second half to put the game out of reach. The co-captain, who also serves as co-captain of the lacrosse team and is an All-Ivy League recipient in both sports, is a candidate for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Sophomore James Leakos of the Harvard men’s cross country team is the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Sept. 19. Leakos led the Crimson men to victory over Yale at the HY meet Sept. 17. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native captured the individual title for Harvard, running a time of 24:21 on the 8-kilometer course to win by a three-second margin. With Leakos at the front of the pack and Crimson teammate Billy Orman in second, Harvard ran to a convincing 23-34 win against its rival. It was the men’s fourth win over Yale in the last five years at the annual fall race.
Senior Brendan Kopp of the Harvard sailing team is the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Sept. 12. Kopp skippered all 10 races in the A division to lead the Crimson to second place in the division and overall in the season-opening Harry Anderson Trophy regatta Saturday and Sunday at Yale. Competing against 20 schools, Kopp, with the help of crews Sarah Pierson and Richard Bergsund, placed in the top half of the field eight times, earned four top-four finishes and won one race. With 147 points, Kopp and the Crimson edged the host Bulldogs by one point for second place, trailing only Wisconsin.
Bridget McGillivray, who scored her second goal of the weekend to lift the Harvard field hockey team to an overtime win against Lafayette Sunday, has been named the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Sept. 6. The sophomore helped lead the Crimson to a 2-0 weekend with five total points in the first two games of the season. McGillivray scored her first career goal on a reverse flick into the top of the cage in the second half of Friday's 4-0 win at Holy Cross. In Sunday's home opener against Lafayette, McGillivray passed to Sydney Jenkins to give Harvard a 2-1 lead in the first half. The Leopards would tie the score by halftime, but the Victoria, B.C., native scored 10:20 into overtime to give the Crimson a sudden victory.