Letterwinners DinnerThere were two ladies from the squash team nominated for prizes at the senior Letterwinners' Dinner last week. Before each winner was announced, the presenters spoke about each of the nominee's accomplishments as our seniors and their families braced in suspense. It was exhilarating for all the players and families when Laura Gemmell was announced as the winner of the Radcliffe Prize and Sarah Mumanachitt announced for the Arthur C. Boland Prize. Both have been outstanding players, teammates, and members of the Harvard community as a whole. Mike, Reggie and I couldn't be more proud of them for going above and beyond as Harvard student-athletes.
Here are excerpts from the press release on gocrimson:
Laura Gemmell of the women's squash team garnered the Radcliffe Prize as Harvard's outstanding female athlete. Gemmell was a dominant force on the squash courts during her four years in Cambridge. The Toronto native burst onto the scene as a freshman, going a perfect 16-0 to win the CSA Individual National Championship and earn Ivy League Rookie and Player of the Year honors. The Crimson also went undefeated that season, finishing 12-0 to claim the national title and Ramsay Cup for the first time since 2000-01. The program's resurgence continued as the squad went 45-3 over the past four seasons with three team national championships and two Ivy League titles. Individually, Gemmell was a four-time CSA first team All-American and All-Ivy selection, a three-time Academic All-Ivy recipient and a two-time Ancient Eight Player of the Year.
Check out the full article here.
|(L to R) Sarah Mumanachit, Jason Michas, Alex Ma, Laura Gemmell, Shaw McKean, Natasha Kingshott|
|Natasha with her parents, Sonia and Adrian Kingshott|
|The award winners, including Laura Gemmell (bottom row, 2nd from end on right) and Sarah Mumanachit (middle row, right)|
At 5:30 am on Commencement Day, the students were roused from their beds by blaring bagpipes outside their windows. It was just the start of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the distribution of diplomas. It was a long, hot day of fanfare and speeches and many of the students baked under black gowns. After the morning exercises, they received their diplomas to the applause and cheers of classmates and family. With the team spread across campus at their respective houses, Mike, Reggie and I split up and tried to watch as many ceremonies as we could. Mike even set out by bike to try to make every single one!
It was a bittersweet occasion. When asked how they felt, all the new graduates had similar responses: "excited but it feels strange to be finished." Mike, Reg and I have had a wonderful time coaching these young men and women. We know that we'll be bragging (and as always, taking some retroactive credit) about all their impressive accomplishments in the years to come.
The Harvard Squash Class of 2013:
Eliza Calihan, Laura Gemmell, Natasha Kingshott, Sarah Mumanachit
Charlie Cabot, Alex Ma, Shaw McKean, Jason Michas, Zeke Scherl
|Traveling in style|
Mike Way (far R), Jason Michas, and the Michas Family
Eliza "The Calinator" Calihan (center) and her sisters
|(L to R) Charlie Cabot, Asst. Coach Luke Hammond, Zeke Scherl|
|(L to R) Roommates: Shaw McKean, Scott Prozeller (soccer capt.), Jason Michas|
CSA Scholar Athletes
Six men and five women from the Harvard team have been named CSA Scholar Athletes.
Men's Team Scholar Athletes:
Shaw McKean, Charlie Cabot, Jason Michas, Gary Power, Brandon McLaughlin and Tommy Mullaney
Women's Team Scholar Athletes:
Georgianna Brinkley, Laura Gemmell, Natasha Kingshott, Eliza Calihan and Natasha Anzik
Way to go guys!
Gary Power's Heroics Profiled in The Crimson
From the Harvard Crimson:
Individual Performance of the Year, Runner-Up: Gary Power, Men's Squash
For two sets, junior Gary Power didn’t have enough.
With the Harvard men’s squash team tied with the Princeton Tigers, 4-4, in the national semifinals, Power was the team’s final hope. Four players who had lost to the Tigers in the previous matchup, a 5-4 defeat on Jan. 13, had scored victories on the day. Then junior Ali Farag—who had never lost in his collegiate career—fell in three sets. The four Crimson players who had scored victories against their Tigers opponents a month earlier in Cambridge had fallen one by one. A spot in the national championship, which had eluded Harvard in 2012, was on the line; a rematch with Trinity awaited the winner.
“Farag had taken a big loss and our captain was out with an injury, and at the time we were not looking good at all,” Crimson coach Mike Way said.
Harvard’s No. 1 player before Farag joined the team, Power had since dropped in the team rankings. Playing the fourth line for the team, he had posted a dominating 11-3 record on the season. But against Princeton’s Dylan Ward, Power was in trouble. After dropping the first set, 6-11, he could not close a tight second set, 10-12, and entered the third with his back against the wall. All eight other matches had been settled in four sets or fewer; no player had dropped the first two sets and even managed to claim the third.
At this point, Way said he turned to an assistant coach and murmured that Power just needed the third set. For the player whom Way calls “the fittest guy in college squash,” the opening didn’t need to be large. Given an inch, Power would take a mile.
And, against the odds, Power fought back and took the third set, 11-7. He pushed the match to a fifth set by the same score in the fourth, sending Ward reeling. In the fifth, Power scored a third consecutive 11-7 victory to push the Crimson into the finals.
“There’s nobody more determined,” Way said. “If you put determination in a beast like that, you’re going to get something quite awesome.”
Although the team fell in the finals, 6-3, to Trinity, Way said that Power’s play will not be forgotten.
“I’ve only been here three seasons but that was the biggest moment I’ve ever seen,” Way said afterward. “For him to come out and do what he did was absolutely heroic.”
—Staff writer David Freed can be reached at email@example.com.
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