Athletes Compete in the Bench Press for Breast Cancer

Athletes Compete in the Bench Press for Breast Cancer

The women's basketball team won the "Bench Press for Breast Cancer" challenge.

CAMRBIDGE, Mass. – On Monday afternoon, student-athletes representing 18 of the teams at Harvard competed in the “Bench Press for Breast Cancer” to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

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The event, sponsored by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, raised over $1,700 with as donations are still being collected. 

Kathy Delaney-Smith, the head coach for Harvard women’s basketball and a breast cancer survivor, spoke to the athletes before the competition on the importance of raising money for cancer research.

Participating teams each entered three players who would each bench press as many reps as they could. The women’s basketball team defended its title as freshmen Victoria Lippert and Miriam Rutzen joined teammate Caitlin Rowland for 298 reps. Rowland led all athletes with 138 reps. Juniors Chris Huxley and Michael Del Mauro and sophomore Daniel Moriarty from the men’s hockey team combined for 217 reps to claim the men’s trophy.