CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team presented its awards for the 2015 season at the team's end-of-the-year banquet Monday night the Murr Center's Hall of History. Student-athletes, families and coaches of Harvard water polo gathered as five honors were handed out.
Seniors Ariel Dukes, Victoria Frager and Kalina Grabb, along with junior Yoshi Andersen and freshman Cleo Harrington, were all honored at the banquet. A senior co-captain, Dukes was the recipient of the Peter Hursh '74 Memorial Award, which is given annually to the Harvard water polo senior who embodies the spirit and tenacity of the award's namesake. The Winter Park, Florida, native capped a highly impressive career both in and out of the pool with 147 saves, 12 steals and 12 assists in her fourth season in Cambridge, en route to earning 2015 CWPA All-Division I/II Honorable Mention accolades.
Frager, awarded the Coaches' Award for the second time in her distinguished tenure on campus, was integral both in the pool and in the locker room as a co-captain. The La Jolla, California, native proved her mettle this season on the attack, registering 22 goals with 35 assists, to go along with 32 steals, the latter of which was tied for most on the squad.
As the Most Improved Player, Grabb enjoyed her most successful campaign to date, compiling 23 goals, 17 assists and 13 steals to help anchor a deep and gradually experienced core of Crimson. She, along with Dukes and Frager, became one of the leaders for one of the most successful four-year runs in Harvard women's water polo history; the three Crimson leave Cambridge with 70 wins after spearheading just the third team in the program's history to reach the 20-win plateau.
Yoshi Andersen finished the season once again with a team-best mark in goals, netting 65 in 2015. The Laguna Beach, California, native tacked on 40 assists and 31 steals as well – the second most among her peers in both statistical categories. Those numbers, and her dedication throughout the season earned her the team's Most Valuable Player award, to go along with 2015 CWPA All-Division I/II First Team accolades.
One of the more dominant first-year players in the CWPA, Cleo Harrington was honored as Harvard's Rookie of the Year. Named both the CWPA Defensive Player of the Week and the Rookie of the Week on occasion, Harrington stockpiled a wholly impressive 162 saves as a freshman netminder, adding 13 assists and 6 steals to the mix.
Harvard finished the season with a 20-13 overall record, tied for the most wins ever by the women's team since the program's inception in 1983-84. The Crimson took sixth place at the CWPA Championship this weekend.