Harvard Athletics and the Harvard Varsity Club honored the Class of 2018 on Wednesday night (May 23) at the annual Senior Letterwinners' Dinner.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard Athletics and the Harvard Varsity Club honored the Class of 2018 on Wednesday night (May 23) at the annual Senior Letterwinners' Dinner, held inside the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, to honor the standout athletic and academic achievements of this year's graduating student-athletes.
The Class of 2018 combined to win 38 Ivy League championships, and had 13 individuals earn All-America honors. The Harvard women's squash team captured national championships in each of the past four seasons, while senior David Ryan of men's squash, captured the College Squash Association individual national championship this year. This senior class also earned numerous all-conference and academic awards.
Julia Glynn of women's lacrosse and Greg Royston of men's golf received the top honors of the evening as recipients of the Radcliffe Prize and the William J. Bingham Award as Harvard's top female and male student-athletes, respectively.
Glynn, an Inside Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American, was named the Ivy League Attacker of the Year after a historic season for women's lacrosse. A native of Manhasset, N.Y., Glynn finished the year with 95 points (69 goals, 26 assists), the third most in a single season in program history. A team captain, Glynn's 69 goals are second-most in Harvard history as well. She became just the fifth Harvard student-athlete to reach 200 points for her career, finishing her four years with 136 goals and 66 assists. Glynn received her award from former Harvard track and field standout Autumne Franklin '16.
Royston was a four-year standout for men's golf, earning Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2015. A year later, he helped his team win the Ivy title for the first time since 1975, a 41-year stretch, as the Crimson reached the NCAA tournament. During his junior campaign, Harvard once again took home the Ivy crown and reached the NCAAs as Royston received All-Ivy first-team honors and was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Year. A native of Durban, South Africa, Royston served as team captain this past season, and leaves Harvard with the second-best career scoring average (73.38) in team history. Royston was presented his award from former men's ice hockey standout and current New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey '16.
Overcoming adversity throughout her career, Marie Becker earned the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women's Athletics Prize as the senior woman who best exemplifies the qualities of excellent scholarship, character, leadership and athletic ability. A team captain and native of Kiel, Germany, Becker excelled on and off the field. An All-Ivy honorable mention selection, Becker anchored a back line that tallied 30 shutouts over her four seasons with the Crimson. She also earned CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-District honors and was recently named a recipient of both The Fitzie Foundation Award and the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize. Becker received her award from former women's ice hockey standout and current NBC Sports analyst AJ Mlezcko Griswold '97-99.
Marlena Sabatino of women's track and field earned the Arthur L. Boland Award, presented to an outstanding senior varsity athlete who will be attending medical school. Sabatino was a standout pole vaulter at Harvard, establishing school indoor and outdoor records in the event and placing third at the 2018 Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships. While competing at Harvard, Sabatino found time to volunteer at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter while helping patients recovering from critical illnesses at the Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care. A native of Hillsborough, N.J., Sabatino has also helped those in need abroad, working as a medical intern in a clinic in Tanzania. Sabatino received her award from Dr. Gary Geissler, the Clinical Director of Rehabilitation for Harvard sports medicine.
The John. P Fadden Award, presented annually to the senior who overcame physical adversity to make a significant contribution to their team, went to Dani Krzyszczyk of women's ice hockey. Krzyszczyk battled significant injuries throughout her collegiate career, but returned this past season, scoring in a game against Yale in November, her first goal in nearly a year. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Krzyszczyk was a two-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection. Krzyszczyk received her award from former men's basketball standout Jeremy Lin '10.
The Carroll F. Getchell Manager of the Year Award went to senior Michaela Dews of women's volleyball. Elected captain prior to her junior season after a series of injuries, Dews made her Harvard debut last year before transitioning into a manager role this past year. An inspirational figure for the program, Dews was a valuable asset to the women's volleyball staff and her teammates, helping in many roles this past year. Dews was introduced and presented her award by former softball standout Katie Lantz '15.
Haakon Sigurslid of men's Nordic skiing was honored as the recipient of the Francis J. Toland Community Service Award, presented to the senior athlete who has made the most outstanding contribution to Harvard and its neighboring communities. Sigurslid demonstrated a commitment to helping others through volunteer service in medical care, travelling to South Africa and developing an app for emergency first responders. A native of Durango, Colo., Sigurslid served as team captain at Harvard, and also earned his EMT certification and was a member of Crimson EMS during his time in Cambridge. Sigurslid received his award from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker '79.
The Mary G. Paget Prize, presented to the senior student who has contributed the most to women's athletics, was awarded to Robiny Jamerson of Harvard's polo team. As an advocate for women's participation in intramurals, Jamerson's research and advocacy has had a positive impact on Harvard's intramural program. A leader on the field, Jamerson is known for pushing her teammates to be the best in all of her endeavors. Jamerson received her award from Katie Lantz '15.
Chris Egi of men's basketball and Koya Osada of men's swimming & diving were named this year's co-recipients of The John P. Reardon Award, honoring the senior who best exemplifies the qualities of excellent scholarship, character, leadership and athletic ability. Voted a team captain last season, Egi has demonstrated leadership qualities across the Charles River as well with his involvement in The Black Men's Forum, the Cambridge After School Program and multiple social media campaigns to promote acceptance and diversity on campus. A John Harvard Scholar, he also has spent time as a tutor with Harvard's Bureau of Study Counsel, helping other students achieve their goals. Egi received his award from AJ Mlezcko Griswold '97-99.
Osada was recognized with the William J. Brooks Trophy last year as the swimmer who contributes the most to the success of the team and the Harold Ulen Trophy this year as the senior on the men's swimming and diving team who best demonstrates those qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and team cooperation. As President of "Project Swim", an organization that teaches mentally and physically handicapped children in Boston to swim, he has helped recruit sixteen of his fellow swimmers to become volunteers as well. He spends time at the Hensch Lab in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department studying the effects of early life stress on cognition and sleep. He also interns at Boston Children's Hospital in the orthopedic surgery unit.
Receiving The Francis H. Burr '09 Scholarships this year will be Rico Stormer of wrestling and Geordie Enoch of women's swimming and diving.
The Francis H. Burr Scholarship is the oldest athletic award presented by Harvard. First given in 1918, this award is a scholarship fund established in memory of former Harvard football captain Francis H. Burr by his friends. It is awarded to two seniors, one male and one female, "who combine as nearly as possible Burr's remarkable qualities of character, leadership, scholarship, and athletic ability.
A caring, passionate teammate, Rico Stormer has made his mark at Harvard. A 2016 recipient of Harvard's Beck Family Unsung Hero Award, he has spent the last three years as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), where he has organized events to support Harvard Athletics, raise awareness for charitable causes and provide feedback to the Athletics Department to ensure the best experience possible or Harvard's student-athletes. A native of Circle, Montana, Stormer has been a member of the RFC Cambridge Robotics Club and a mentor for the Crimson Summer Academy, helping public school students from the Boston area who lack the resources to ensure their academic success. Stormer was introduced by former women's basketball standout and current CBS News reporter Jackie Alemany '11.
A student-athlete in every sense of the phrase, Geordie Enoch leaves Harvard as one of the team's most decorated swimmers over the past four years. A native of Odenton, Maryland, Enoch was the High Point Swimmer of the meet at the 2015 Ivy League Championships, and earned three All-Ivy honors this year, winning the 200 individual medley and helping the Crimson win the 800 free relay title. An eight-time All-Ivy selection, she also qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Outside of the pool, Enoch has been just as impressive, interning at The Hague with the European Association of History Educators and conducting research with the Institute of Historical Justice and Reconciliation on controversial monuments within the United States and Europe. Enoch was introduced by Jackie Alemany '11.
The Harvard Varsity Club has been instrumental to the success of Harvard Athletics since it was founded in 1886. The Varsity Club preserves the traditions, fosters the ideals, and advances the interests of Harvard Athletics through a wide range of activities for our 20,000+ members. The annual Senior Letterwinners' Dinner, established in 1967 to honor the contributions of the outgoing senior class, is one example of the many functions provided by the Varsity Club.