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! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Update from Ashlee Korsberg '17

In just four short weeks of the official season, HWSD has been hard at work in the pool doing threshold, kaatsu and VO2 max practices, and even a couple team sets, including the infamous IM set and the 200 point set. We usually divide into our specialty groups everyday at practice—sprint, mid-d, d-lane, flack pack, breaststroke—but the team sets are the most fun because we’re all doing the same practice together. While the IM set may have seemed a little daunting on paper, the positivity and encouragement throughout the set is the reason why team sets are so fun and why we’re able to swim all the butterfly without breaking stroke.  Upstairs at Blodgett in the Zoo, we’re building our strength up with lots of pull-ups. Something we can all look forward to on Monday mornings before we jump in for our first practice of every week is a pull-up test! At practice there’s so much energy on deck, from the swimmers encouraging each other during tough sets when we can catch our breath on the wall and the divers cheering for each other in between each dive off the boards to our coaches who are on deck and motivate all of us everyday. As we receive our new gear for the season and as the freshmen get their warm-ups and parkas, it means our first official meet of the season is finally approaching and we get to open our season by swimming at home in Blodgett!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Update from Margaret Ramsey '16

Last Friday afternoon, we began our usual routine of rolling out and dynamic warmup.  Friday afternoons meant blasting Queen Bey and sprint circuits, so spirits were high.  However whispers turned into gasps as the rumor on deck floated around: we were doing the IM set today.  WHAT?  The IM set, or rather the butterfly set, could not possibly be here already, especially after this hard week of practice.  Despite the disbelief, we began our warm up.  Freshmen were still questioning the set while the upperclassmen were mentally preparing to give it another go.  Our captains brought us to the middle of the pool for a huddle.  Words of encouragement echoed throughout the 6-lane as we put our hands in and shouted “Harvard.”  As we came back to the wall, Steph said we must be ready for anything.  “Anytime, anyplace, anywhere.”  Smiles, both nervous and excited, graced our faces as we pushed off to begin the set.  With no one breaking stroke, we overcame this obstacle together, proving we have what it takes to be ready to go with less than a month of official practice.  As the season progresses, we can all look back and appreciate this spontaneous moment of achievement both individually and collectively.  A wonderful feeling of accomplishment in the midst of papers and midterms, the IM set is just the beginning of another exciting season for HWSD

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Summer Postcards!

Maggie: “This summer I will be in South Africa on a wildlife reserve studying elephant impact on vegetation and at the end of my trip getting scuba certified.”

Deirdre (aka Deeds): “Next year I will be joining the PepsiCo team as a Marketing Analyst. I will be living in the big apple with current teammate and future roommate, Kyle Krueger. What I am looking forward to most is adventuring around the city and becoming an extended part of the Suarez family due to my presence at their weekend brunches.”

Marissa: “This summer I am going to Europe (Paris, London, and Milan) for two weeks with my mom. Then I am going to San Francisco for 8 weeks to do an internship at Nestle's Dreyer's ice cream.”

Kendall: “I'll be in Cambridge, combining an internship with “Cultural Survival”, an Anthropological organization, with a job as a Summer School proctor through Harvard Summer School, and taking a class as a part of that as well. With my internship I'll be helping them research and publish their quarterly magazine and hopefully I'll have an article published in it as well!”

Marlee: “I'll be taking on LA this summer, working in the marketing department at Capitol Records. I plan on learning a lot, trying to get tan, sneaking my way into the "A-List" crowd, and maybe trying a juice cleanse!”

Savannah and Summer will be living in Huntington Beach, California. They're both working for Kaatsu, and will be training the US National Water Polo Team, USC football players, open water athletes, and employees of major fast food chains (Taco Bell, KFC, etc.), as well as doing some of the marketing and general publicity bumps for Kaatsu (making videos for YouTube, revamping the website), since it's such a young start-up. They're both training for GoldenWest Swim Club and hoping to take surfing lessons while there!

Steph and Kelsey will also be working for KAATSU with Steve Munatones this summer. While working in California sounds like a dream, they will instead be stationed here in Cambridge to be able to train with Coach Steph and Amanda. They're really looking forward to training with the other HWSD members that will be here and potentially going to Nationals at the end of the summer. As for the internship, they will be marketing, researching, and analyzing data for KAATSU bands, which will be a really great way to both learn about business but also to better understand something that was such a huge part of our training this past year. 

Shori: “I'll be starting this summer with a bit of traveling: going home to Australia for two weeks, then spending some time visiting family and friends in Japan, Singapore and California. From LA, I'll be flying to London, where I'll be interning at the Natural History Museum and working on the “Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project”. Then for July and August, I'll be studying evolutionary biology at the University of Oxford - and exploring England and Europe as much as I can in my spare time!”

Connie: “This summer, I'm doing research at Boston Children's Hospital on athletic injuries and pain perception for two months. In August, my family and I will be visiting relatives in the tropical island of Taiwan (it will be HOT).”

Daniela Johnson (aka DJ): “I'm going to Miami for a bit, then Colombia, and at some point I'm going to drive up to the tip of Colombia where the desert meets the ocean with my family. Also, maybe I'll be visiting Rwanda and NYC!”

Ashlee: “I’ll be staying at home in Andover, driving back and forth to Cambridge every day to work at a swim camp as a counselor. Until mid-June, you can find me at Harvard everyday, either practicing with the Boston crew or drinking coffee in one of the Starbucks in Harvard Square. In August, my family and I will be taking on the wilderness and going camping and white-water rafting in Maine!”

Margaret: “This summer, I will be living in Jerusalem, Israel through Harvard's Near Eastern Studies program.  With a small group of students and a professor, I am looking forward to eating lots of hummus, sporting long skirts in the heat, swimming in the Dead Sea, and discovering the complex identity of Israel!”

Sherry: “I'll be training with my club team and going to Canadian nationals in Saskatchewan in mid-July, along with a few other smaller meets on the side before then. I'll also be working part-time at a law firm in my hometown of Vancouver - super excited!”

Faith: “I'll be interning in downtown Boston at Hollister Staffing, a recruitment company, and training with the rest of the Boston crew!”

Sara Li: “I will be spending the first half of the summer doing a Career Exploration Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, studying Landscape Architecture. I will also be continuing my job from the school year working at the Harvard Art Museums as we prepare to move into the incredible new Fogg Museum building, opening this fall ( 
Throughout the summer, I will also be working on my start-up at the I-lab, Harvard's incubator. SweetSpot, a mobile app, targets the growing freelance community. It disrupts the traditional office by providing a comprehensive, curated database of free places to work. #theworldisyouroffice”

Elina: “I will be working at Harvard for two weeks and then as a research trainee at the Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston from the beginning of June until the end of July! And in August I will be going home to Finland for a couple of weeks!”

Daniela (Suarez): “I will be traveling to Kisumu, Kenya with Harvard’s Summer Study Abroad program to investigate health innovations in Africa. Then I’ll be visiting Paris and Berlin before coming back home to New York for the rest of the summer!”