Monday, December 15, 2014

Update from Regan Kology '18

It's been a busy couple of weeks for HWSD!  After returning from an amazingly fun and successful weekend at Texas, MIT, and Georgia, the team jumped right into Reading Period and began preparing for final papers and exams.  As everyone's getting ready, practice provides us all with a way to take a break from the stress and monotony of studying and writing, and it's been great having everyone back together again after a weekend at different meets.  It's amazing to see the endless support from my fellow teammates, both in and out of the pool.

As the semester comes to an end (still weird to think about) and everything begins to wrap up, the team's getting excited for some time at home.  However, the anticipation and excitement of training trip is already in the air as everyone gets ready for some amazing training, warm weather, and unforgettable time spent with each other.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Update from Savannah Butler '17

Some members of HWSD at the Texas meet relax before the first session.

The MIT group "selfie".

December is finally here! ‘Tis the season of cold weather, finals, and fast swimming! HWSD is back at it in Blodgett after getting a much needed break for Thanksgiving. Following the break, the whole team was together for just two short days before splitting up again, this time heading for the much anticipated winter invitational meets. Keep an eye out for amazing swims at MIT and Texas, and killer diving at Georgia over the next few days. We’re excited to show off all of the work we’ve been putting in over the last few months.

Of course, it wouldn’t be winter without final papers and exams. So as Reading Period begins and deadlines loom closer, we use practice as an opportunity to de-stress, come together as a team, and take a break from the academic frenzy of finals. And knowing that training trip in Puerto Rico is less than a month away gives us something to look forward to!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Update from Maggie Chory '17

Picture of our current and Alumni swimmers at the meet before the Harvard-Yale Game

It was a crazy weekend for HWSD! This past Friday  we competed against Columbia at home- making up for last year's loss and putting another win in the book, now with a 3-0 record for the season. Saturday morning we welcomed back many alumni and friends of Harvard Swimming and Diving for the annual Alumni Meet at Blodgett, racing 25s and 50s with our alums before a fun “tailgate” in the Zoo. Afterwards, many of us headed to The Game- where Harvard beat Yale in a nail-biter. We closed up our short week with two more days of training, and then most of us were happy to go home and spend Thanksgiving with family and friends- getting in some R&R before we get back for the last few days of classes and looking forward to swimming fast at our December invite meets at Texas, Georgia, and MIT next weekend!    

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Update from Kendall Crawford '16

(Brittany Powell '15, Daniela Suarez '16, Margaret Ramsey '16 at The Game last year)

Harvard-Yale weekend is here! A Harvard tradition and day of revelry, The Game inspires both Harvard and Yale students to show their school pride and head to the stadium to watch the football teams duke it out to see who wins. With the forecast being in the mid-30s for the day, you can be sure that I will have lots of layers of Harvard gear on! Of course, that’s only after the annual alumni swim meet and swim team tailgate at the pool. Getting to see some of the recent grads is always a highlight. We miss our seniors from last year!

HWSD is also feeding off of the energy on campus for our second meet of the season against Columbia this Friday. Columbia is always a competitive meet for us and gives us a great opportunity to race before we head into Thanksgiving and our December invite. With two wins against Cornell and Dartmouth under our belt, we’re excited to match up against our third Ivy school!

Go Harvard and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday Morning Social Kick

Sunday, November 9, 2014

HWSD prepares for the IM set on a Friday afternoon

Update from Sherry Liu '16

This past Saturday the women’s and men’s swim teams combined for our annual intersquad meet! We divided into two teams – BLACK vs. CRIMSON – and swam fun, short events such as 50s, 75s, 150s, and 300s…well, “short” speaking as a distance swimmer. ;) Both groups put on facepaint (aka lipstick/colored marker) to represent their respective teams, and everyone got to swim some events that they normally wouldn’t get to do. This weekend also happens to be freshmen parents’ weekend, so a lot of the visiting parents came to watch as well! With an audience sitting above us and cheering behind every event, the day had the feeling of a real meet. It was undeniably a great way to kick off the month of November as both of our teams ready ourselves for the first official duel meet of the Ivy League season – vs. Cornell and Dartmouth next weekend! As we begin our preparation for the races to come, our training has also undergone changes to reflect that preparation. We are starting to specialize more in our regime, with the freestyle groups splitting up into more distance-oriented sets, and the sprinters taking to the water for some of their “dryland” exercises. With all the work that HWSD has put in over the course of the past two months or so, everyone is now unbelievably excited to see it finally come to fruition!