Senior captains and representatives of varsity teams at Harvard contributed viewpoints based on personal experience from both their senior seasons and full varsity careers at Harvard. Each year the Senior Perspectives are compiled into a book and handed out at the Senior Letterwinner’s Dinner.
Senior Perspectives thus forms a valuable portion of each team’s legacy to sport at Harvard and to the permanent record built here by our varsity athletes. Throughout the summer, these senior essays will be posted to GoCrimson.com for all to see.
My favorite memory of my time on Harvard women’s swimming and diving comes far away from Blodgett Pool: two girls doing an interpretive dance to R. Kelly’s “I believe I Can Fly,” as fellow hotel guests watch from their balconies. In fact, this dance was just one of many talents presented by my teammates at the First Annual HWSD Talent Show over winter training trip in Barbados this year. The talents ranged from the absurd to the hilarious to the downright impressive, and each presentation was a demonstration of the individuality of our team members. I think this will always be one of the defining moments from my experience in Harvard Athletics, for it never ceased to amaze me how more than thirty fiercely independent women could band together and unite as a team.
It is rare for one to be able to say they have worked at something for their entire life, but I can honestly say that swimming has been a constant in mine for as long as I can remember. I competed in my first meet – a 25-yard freestyle – when I was just three years old. At nine, I joined a club team and began the all-consuming journey of competitive swimming. My relationship with the sport has changed over my lifetime. When I was six, I used to beg my mom to let me go swimming during the winter because I missed the feel of the water on my skin. When I was eleven, I cried because I wanted to trade in my goggles and kickboard for horseback riding lessons with my friends. Two weeks after turning eighteen, I came to Harvard and became a proud member of Harvard women’s swimming and diving team and embarked on the greatest athletic experience of my life. I found a group of thirty-five talented young women who understood the brutality of morning practices and the profound reward of a “personal best time.” Most importantly, I developed an everlasting bond with coach Steph Morawski. She is the quintessential college coach who, on a daily basis for the past four years, inspired me, trained me, and carved a specific path for my success.