2012-13 COOP Harvard Athlete of the Week

The COOP Athlete of the Week is awarded to the Harvard athlete who turns out a stellar individual performance in the past week. The award goes to athletes who score multiple goals or the game-winner, put up unreal statistics, play a huge role in the Crimson victory, break school records or show their athletic prowess doing what they do best, winning. Fans can help make their favorite athlete player of the week by voting for him or her on Twitter. Follow @HarvardCrimson and look for the twitpoll posted every Monday morning to vote for your candidate.

Jun 10, 2013

Men's Heavyweight Crew

The Harvard men’s heavyweight crew has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for June 10. The men’s heavyweights cruised to its sixth consecutive victory in the annual Harvard-Yale Regatta, sweeping the Bulldogs on the Thames River Sunday. The first varsity capped the afternoon with a dominant win over the Bulldogs, pulling away during the second mile en route to a 23.7 second triumph and the 13th victory in the last 14 years. The second varsity held off Yale by six seconds over the three-mile course, while the freshman eight breezed to a 31.3 second triumph against Yale’s third varsity eight to give Harvard its sixth straight sweep at the event.

Jun 3, 2013

Men's Lightweight Crew

The Harvard men’s lightweight crew has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for June 3. The Crimson repeated as national champions over the weekend, winning its second straight IRA crown and ninth overall on Lake Natoma, to remain undefeated. Harvard took command early in the race, taking the lead at the 500-meter mark and steadily increasing it before holding off a hard-charging Yale to win with a time of 5:54.221, just over one second ahead of the Bulldogs. In addition to winning the varsity eight race, the lightweight four race was also won by the Crimson to make it a clean sweep of the day’s regattas.

May 28, 2013

Dustin Brode, Men's Track & Field

Junior Dustin Brode of the men’s track and field team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for May 27. Brode broke his own school record to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., in the shot put. On his first toss of the afternoon, he launched a throw of 18.45m (60’6.5’’) to break his previous best by .25 meters. The toss also earned him the 16th seed for the NCAA Championships, which will be held June 5-8 in the Beaver State. Three other members of the Crimson – Maksim Korolev, Autumne Franklin and Mary Hirst – will also compete at the Championships.

May 20, 2013

Men's Lightweight & Heavyweight Varsity Eights

The Harvard men’s lightweight and heavyweight varsity eights have been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for May 20. The Crimson crews won both first varsity grand final events at the EARC Sprints for the 14th time in school history and the second time in the last three years, a feat accomplished only four other times by non-Harvard crews. The victories also earned both squads Ivy League titles. The Harvard heavyweight varsity eight won by more than five seconds over Brown to help the Crimson secure its fourth straight Rowe Cup and 33rd overall. The Crimson completed the course in 5:56.721 to win with open water after controlling the race throughout. The lightweight varsity eight was up a few seats at the midway point and kept building its advantage to seven seats at the 1,250-meter mark. By the home stretch, the Crimson gained open water as the crews rowed past the spectator area just before the finish line. Harvard crossed the line at 6:03.607, well ahead of second-place Yale at 6:07.967.

May 14, 2013

Denis Nguyen, Men's Tennis

Denis Nguyen of the men’s tennis team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for May 13. The sophomore helped the men’s tennis team reach the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament. In the opener against Sanford, Nguyen topped Zac Dunkle, 6-3, 6-4, to earn Harvard’s first point en route to a dominant 4-0 win over the Bulldogs. In the second round against Mississippi State, Nguyen teamed with Casey MacMaster to earn a win over the No. 13 doubles tandem in the country. The two teams held serve for the first 12 games before the Crimson earned a break to go on to win 8-6. No. 27 Harvard finished the year 19-6 overall and won the Ivy League title for the second straight year. Click here for a complete list of COOP Athletes of the Week.

May 7, 2013

Radcliffe Lightweight Crew V8

The Harvard-Radcliffe lightweight crew varsity eight has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for May 6. The top-ranked Black and White cruised to a win in the EAWRC Sprint May 5 for the first time since 2004. Radcliffe dominated from the start, opening up a lead by the 500-meter mark en route to a time of 7:17.823 on the Cooper River. The win was 8.259 seconds faster than second place Princeton, which was the largest margin of victory in the first varsity race since 1996. The win also helped Harvard secure the Konrad Ulbrich Points Trophy, given to the team with the best overall performance. It is the first time in the seven-year history of the award that Wisconsin did not capture the crown. Radcliffe will be off until May 30 when it heads to Sacramento, Calif., for the IRA National Championships.

Apr 30, 2013

Harvard Lightweight Crew V8

The Harvard lightweight crew varsity eight has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for April 29. The Crimson bested No. 2 Yale and No. 6 Princeton to earn the Goldthwait Cup Saturday morning. Harvard, which saw Yale jump out to an early lead, steadily gained water on the Bulldogs before pulling ahead. The Crimson would go on to win by a half length, finishing in 5:51.0 to Yale’s time of 5:52.4. The victory by the Crimson was its fourth consecutive Goldthwait Cup, and it also helped secure the Vogel Cup, given to the top team performer in the HYP race, for the eighth time in the last 11 years.

Apr 23, 2013

Amy He, Women's Tennis

Freshman women’s tennis player Amy He has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for April 22. He earned the clinching victory in Harvard’s 5-2 victory over No. 35 Yale this past weekend. The freshman rallied multiple times in her match at second singles against Madeleine Hamilton. After dropping the first set, 6-4, she prevailed, 6-1, to force a decisive third. In the final set, He found herself trailing 5-4 and 6-5, but she managed to win the ensuing game both times to continue the match and force a tiebreak. Hamilton had two match points during the tiebreak; however, He won three straight points to win the third set 7-6(7) and give the Crimson its first win against the Bulldogs in three meetings. On the season, He is 11-3 in dual action and 15-8 overall. She has compiled an 8-3 record at the second position to help the Crimson to an 11-6 mark with two matches remaining.

Apr 16, 2013

Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew

The Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for April 15. The No. 11 Black and White claimed the Class of 1975 Cup in Itacha, N.Y., Saturday, topping No. 5 Princeton and No. 17 Cornell at the regatta. Radcliffe and the Tigers were neck-and-neck the entire way before the Black and White pulled away down the stretch to earn a 2.2-second victory with a time of 6:11.7. It is the 12th time in program history that Harvard has won the cup. In the Varsity Four ‘A’ race, Radcliffe also prevailed, topping Princeton by nearly five seconds with a time of 7:11.3 to earn the win. The Black and White returns to action Saturday against Syracuse and Dartmouth with the O’Leary Cup on the line.

Apr 9, 2013

Andy Nguyen, Men's Tennis

Men's tennis senior co-captain Andy Nguyen has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for April 8. Nguyen went 4-0 last week, earning a pair of singles and doubles victories to help Harvard begin Ivy League play 2-0. In a contest against No. 40 Columbia, Nguyen paired with Nicky Hu to top Dragos Ignat and Bert Vancura, 8-4, at No. 2 and clinch the doubles point for Harvard. Then, with the match tied at three, the Phoenix, Ariz., native rallied past Max Schnur, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, to give the Crimson the victory. On Sunday, he paired with Hu again for another 8-4 victory, this time over Jason Luu and Quoc-Daniel Nguyen at No. 2. Nguyen then breezed to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Cornell's Nguyen en route to a 6-1 triumph against the Big Red. Harvard's senior co-captain paces the squad with a 20-6 mark this year, including a 13-2 record in singles play. The Crimson travels to Princeton and Penn this weekend before returning home April 19 to face off with Brown in the final home match of the season.

Apr 2, 2013

Murphy Vandervelde, Men's Lacrosse

Murphy Vandervelde of the men’s lacrosse team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for April 1. The sophomore registered the first two hat tricks of his career in a pair of contests against Albany and No. 10/12 Duke. In the Tuesday night contest against the Great Danes, Vandervelde tallied three scores to register his first three-goal game in college on just five shots. He replicated his feat on national television Saturday night against the Blue Devils, finding the back of the net three more times on just five attempts to pace the Harvard offense. On the year, the Wellesley, Mass., native has totaled seven goals and three ground balls.

Mar 26, 2013

Amanda Lin, Women's Tennis

Amanda Lin of the women’s tennis team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for March 25. Lin went 6-0 last week, posting identical 3-0 marks in both singles and doubles play. In the first match of the week, she teamed with Sylvia Li to defeat Diana Bukajeva and Jen Miller, 8-1, in second doubles before besting Jen Miller, 6-0, 6-3, at the No. 5 singles in a 5-2 win over Stetson. She followed up her performance with another doubles win with Li over Fanny Fracassi and Paula Montoya by another 8-1 score before rallying past Alessandra Bonte, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4, in sixth singles in a 4-3 loss to the Bulls. In the final match of the week against Fairleigh Dickinson, the freshman teamed with Li for an 8-0 win over Dina Guzairova and Manuela Leme and knocked off Dina Guzairova, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 4 singles. On the year, Lin leads the team with an 18-3 record, including an 8-1 mark in the dual season. She also paces the team with 13 doubles wins with her partner Li.

Mar 19, 2013

Katherine Lantz, Softball

Katherine Lantz of the softball team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for March 18. Lantz hit .500 (8-16) in five games over the weekend to help the Crimson post a 2-3 record at the San Diego Classic II tournament. She finished the event with two doubles, a home run, six RBI and two runs scored. In the team’s 7-2 win over Miami (Ohio), she belted a two-run homer that broke the game open, and she scored the game-tying run in Harvard’s eventual 4-3 triumph against Colorado State. On the year, the sophomore infielder tops the Crimson in doubles (3), runs (9)and RBI (9) and is tied for the team lead in hits (15) and home runs (2).

Mar 12, 2013

Mike Mosca, Men's Swimming & Diving

Sophomore Mike Mosca of men’s swimming and diving has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for March 12. Mosca was a dual winner at the Ivy League championships, winning both the one- and three-meter diving events with high scores in the current scoring system to earn the Karl B. Michael High Point Diver of the Meet award. He broke his own school record and also established a new pool record in the one-meter diving competition with a score of 387.05 to take the event for the second consecutive year and outscore his closest competition by almost 40 points. In the three-meter competition, he scored 409.85 points to distance himself from his nearest competitor by 37 points.

Mar 5, 2013

Emerance Maschmeyer, Women's Ice Hockey

For the second time this year, freshman Emerance Maschmeyer has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week. In the ECAC quarterfinal series against Dartmouth, Maschmeyer recorded back-to-back shutouts to lift the Crimson into the tournament semifinals. She made 21 saves against the Big Green Friday night to give Harvard a 1-0 lead in the series. The Alberta native turned away 18 more shots the next day in a 4-0 win to send the third-seeded Crimson on to the semifinals Saturday against Clarkson at 4 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y. In 17 starts this season, Maschmeyer has recorded an 11-4-2 mark with a .939 save percentage and a 1.27 goals-against average.

Feb 26, 2013

Adabelle Ekechukwu, Women's Track & Field

Adabelle Ekechukwu of the women’s track and field teamhas been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Feb. 25. Ekechukwu was named the women’s field Most Outstanding Performer at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships after setting the Ancient Eight record for the women’s weight throw and helping the women win their first Ivy title since 2000. The junior broke her own mark on her final throw of the event, tossing the weight 20.83 meters (68-4.25 feet) to improve upon her throw of 20.11 meters at the HYP meet earlier this month. In addition to being an Ancient Eight record, it was also a meet record and school record. For a complete list of COOP Athletes of the Week, click here.

Feb 19, 2013

Women's Squash

The Harvard women’s squash team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Feb. 18. The Crimson won the 14th national title in school history, keeping the Howe Cup in Cambridge for the second straight year by defeating Trinity, 5-4, Sunday afternoon at Yale. No. 1 Amanda Sobhy earned the clinching win for Harvard, while Haley Mendez, Saumya Karki, Natasha Kingshott and Megan Murray all earned victories in the championship match, as well. En route to the finals, the Crimson blanked Stanford, 9-0, and topped Ivy League rival Penn, 6-3, to claim the third championship in four years.

Feb 12, 2013

Victoria Lippert, Women's Basketball

Victoria Lippert of the women’s basketball team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Feb. 11. The senior poured in 19 points after the intermission, including six in overtime, to lift the Crimson past Cornell, 69-60, Sunday. The San Diego, Calif., native missed her first four shots of the game but rebounded to connect on her first five attempts after halftime. In the extra session, she made one field goal and hit four free throws to help the Crimson improve to 13-6 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League. On the year, Lippert ranks second on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. The Crimson visits Penn and Princeton this weekend at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday night.

Feb 5, 2013

Oliver Lee, Men's Swimming and Diving

Oliver Lee of the men’s swimming and diving team has been voted the COOP Athlete of the Week for Feb. 4. Lee won a pair of individual events and was a part of three other relay teams that took the top spot in the annual HYP meet to help the Crimson secure an Ivy League dual meet title in 2013. In each of the five races, Lee or Lee and his relay pairing met NCAA ‘B’ qualification standards. The junior set the school record in the 50 freestyle, breaking teammate Chris Satterthwaite’s mark, with a time of 19.76, which is also the 10th best mark in the NCAA this year. He also established a new personal best in the 100 freestyle with the 10th best time in the NCAA this year, swimming the distance in 43.29 seconds. The government concentrator was a member of the 200 freestyle relay team that set a new school record of 1:18.71 and the 200 individual medley relay that established a new top mark in Crimson annals with a time of 1:27.18. The Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., native concluded the weekend by helping the 400-freestyle relay team post the second-best time in school history, touching the wall in 2:55.24.

Jan 29, 2013

Christian Carbone, Men's Swimming & Diving

Christian Carbone of the men’s swimming and diving team is the COOP Athlete of the Week for Jan. 28. The freshman established a Rolfs Aquatic Center record with a time of 3:52.34, setting a new personal best and eclipsing the NCAA ‘B’ standard to take first place in the event. He also established a new personal record in the 200 fly, winning the event with a time of 1:48.29. Harvard heads to Princeton this weekend for the annual HYP meet Feb. 2-3.

Jan 22, 2013

Walter Peppelman, Wrestling

Water Peppelman of the wrestling team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Jan. 21. Peppelman became just the seventh wrestler in Harvard history to reach 100 career wins after posting a pair of victories over the weekend. On Saturday, the senior trimmed Cornell’s Jesse Shanaman, 1-0, to record his 99th career victory. He followed up his performance on Sunday with a dramatic 4-2 win in the first sudden-victory period over No. 17 Scott Winston of Rutgers, 4-2, to join the exclusive club. The Harrisburg, Pa., native is 8-2 on the year, including a perfect 6-0 mark in duals for the Crimson. Harvard hits the road this weekend for a dual against Army Sunday afternoon.

Jan 15, 2013

Laura Bellamy, Women's Ice Hockey

Laura Bellamy of the women’s ice hockey team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Jan. 14. Bellamy recorded her 18th career shutout and fourth of the season Friday night in a 4-0 win over Princeton. She made 20 saves to extend her scoreless streak to over 100 minutes for the third time this season. Bellamy leads the nation in goals-against average (.52) and save percentage (.972) for the No. 3 Crimson. After hosting UConn Tuesday night, the Crimson entertains RPI and Union this weekend at Bright Hockey Center.

Jan 8, 2013

Christine Clark, Women's Basketball

Christine Clark of the women’s basketball team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Jan. 7. Clark averaged 20.0 points per game and shot 51.7 percent from the floor in a pair of victories for the Crimson last week. The junior became the 18th member of Harvard's 1,000-point club on Wednesday against UMass as she scored 19 points to go along with four assists and two steals. She then turned in her third 20-point performance of the season with 21 points at Rhode Island, including nine of the team's final 16 points to secure the victory.

Jan 1, 2013

Laurent Rivard, Men's Basketball

Laurent Rivard of the men's basketball team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Dec. 31. The 6-5 junior poured in a season-high 19 points, including 5-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc, and grabbed five rebounds to lift the Crimson past California, 67-62, Saturday night. On the season, Rivard is averaging 10.5 points per game and shooting 41.6 percent from three.

Dec 24, 2012

Siyani Chambers, Men's Basketball

Siyani Chambers of the men’s basketball team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Dec. 24. The freshman had 14 points, five assists and two steals while playing all 40 minutes in the Crimson’s 72-65 win over Holy Cross. On the year, the Minnesota native is averaging 12.1 points to rank second on the team and 5.1 assists to top the Ivy League. He is also shooting 92.5 percent from the free-throw line, including a streak of 32 consecutive made, which also leads the Ancient Eight.

Dec 18, 2012

Temi Fagbenle, Women's Basketball

Temi Fagbenle of the women's basketball team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Dec. 17. Fagbenle recorded the second double-double of her career with 14 points and 14 rebounds at Boston University. For her efforts, which included two blocks, one steal and one assist, she was also named the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week.

Dec 11, 2012

Katherine Chou, Women's Fencing

Katherine Chou of the women’s fencing team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Dec. 10. Chou went undefeated in foil, winning all three of her bouts, and did not allow a single touch against as the Crimson topped Tufts, 26-1, Friday night. The women are now 5-1 on the season and will return to action on Jan. 26 with matches against Columbia, St. John’s, Penn State, Notre Dame and Ohio State in Queens, N.Y.

Dec 4, 2012

Chuck Katis, Men's Swimming & Diving

Sophomore Chuck Katis has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Dec. 3. The Falls Church, Va. Native won the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events at the University of Georgia Fall Invitational against some of the nation’s top teams. Katis also set school records in both events, swimming a 1:54.08 in the 200 and a 52.49 in the 100 to establish new marks and reach NCAA ‘A’ standards to qualify for the 2013 national championships in both events. His time in the 200 is also the third fastest time in the country this year.

Nov 27, 2012

Jillian Dempsey, Women's Ice Hockey

Women’s hockey senior co-captain Jillian Dempsey has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Nov. 26. Dempsey had four points in two contests over the weekend to help the Crimson stay unbeaten and untied in ECAC Hockey play. On Friday, Dempsey tallied two assists to help Harvard knock off Colgate, 4-1. She followed up her performance with a goal and an assist in a 3-1 upset of No. 2 Cornell to extend her point streak to a career-high 21 games.

Nov 20, 2012

Ben Zepfel, Men's Water Polo

Ben Zepfel of the men’s water polo team has been named COOP Athlete of the Week for Nov. 19. Zepfel, a freshman, was named to the CWPA Eastern Tournament second team after tallying eight goals, one assist and seven steals in three games. The Newport Beach, Calif., native has now nabbed five CWPA honors during his rookie season, including CWPA Northern Division first team recognition.

Nov 13, 2012

Maksim Korolev, Men's Cross Country

Junior Maksim Korolev of the cross country team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Nov. 12. Korolev finished second in a field of 239 at the NCAA Northeast Regionals Nov. 9 at Hammonassett State Park. The junior completed the 10k course in 30:16.2 to record the best finish by a Harvard runner since Daniel Chenoweth ’11 placed third in his last two seasons in Cambridge.

Nov 6, 2012

Emerance Maschmeyer, Women's Hockey

Women’s hockey freshman goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Nov. 5. In her second collegiate start, the Alberta native stopped 12 shots against Yale to earn her first shutout in a 4-0 win. On the year, Maschmeyer is 2-0-0 with a .50 goals against average for the No. 6/6 Crimson.

Oct 30, 2012

Shaun Chaudhuri, Men's Tennis

Sophomore Shaun Chaudhuri has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 29. Chaudhuri defeated teammate Kelvin Lam, 6-2, 6-4, to win the 'A' flight of the Harvard Halloween Invite and paired with Henry Steer to win the 'B' flight doubles over Army's Peter Sinko and Sam Jang-Milsten, 8-5.

Oct 23, 2012

Harvard Lightweight Eights

The Harvard men’s lightweight eight has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 23. At the Head of the Charles, the lightweight eights won its race in 14:35.71, almost 12 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor, USRowing, and well ahead of Ivy competitors Princeton (3rd, 14:58) and Yale (4th,14:59.70) . The win was Harvard’s 41st overall medal at the Head of the Charles, first in the lightweight eights since 1975, sixth in the race all-time, and it also propelled Harvard to the Point Trophy.

Oct 16, 2012

Morgan Russom, Sailing

Morgan Russom of the sailing team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 15. Russom served as the skipper and teamed with Isabel Ruane to earn four top-five finishes, including a win in race number five, in the A Division of the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth en route to a sixth-place finish overall.

Oct 9, 2012

Caroline Holte, Women's Volleyball

Freshman Caroline Holte of the women’s volleyball team has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 9. Holte helped the Crimson even their record in the Ivy League play Friday night with a career-high eight blocks in a 3-0 sweep of Brown. The California native also hit an impressive .625, recording six kills in the win. On Saturday, she tallied four kills, two digs and two blocks in a loss to league-leading Yale.

Oct 2, 2012

Seiji Liu, Men's Golf

Junior men's golfer Seiji Liu has been named the COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 1. Liu finished one-under par at the MacDonald Cup over the weekend at Yale to finish in second place at the two-day event. In the opening round, Liu shot a 69 to sit in second place. He carded a 70 in the second and final round after the tournament was shortened due to inclement weather to post the highest individual finish of a men's golfer this season.

Sep 25, 2012

Jack Holuba, Football

Senior offensive lineman Jack Holuba of the football team has been named the COOP Student-Athlete of the Week for Sept. 24. The senior anchored a unit that paved the way for 183 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in Harvard’s 45-31 win at Brown Saturday evening. Holuba and the rest of the offensive line also only yielded one sack in 40 pass attempts by the Crimson.

Sep 18, 2012

Norman Hayes, Football

Sophomore defensive back Norman Hayes of the football team has been named the COOP Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 17. In his first collegiate start, Hayes made his presence felt by the University of San Diego. The Georgia native made nine tackles and broke up five passes in a win, 28-13, over the Toreros.

Sep 11, 2012

Kathleen Wallace, Women's Volleyball

Freshman Kathleen Wallace of the women's volleyball team has been named the Harvard COOP Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 10. Wallace had 26 kills in three matches at the Harvard Invitational over the weekend to help the Crimson post a 2-1 mark in the event and earn all-tournament team honors. The freshman outside hitter now has 55 kills in six matches this season.

Sep 4, 2012

Taryn Kurcz, Women's Soccer

Senior Taryn Kurcz of the Harvard women's soccer team is the Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week for Sept. 3. Kurcz tallied a pair of goals to help Harvard battle to a tie, 2-2, with Boston University in front of a packed house at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium Monday night. The Agoura Hills, Calif., native scored her first goal on a header off a throw in to give the Crimson the lead early in the contest, while the second came on a header off a free kick to tie the game late in the second half.