Women’s Water Polo Celebrates Season at Annual Banquet

Women’s Water Polo Celebrates Season at Annual Banquet

The three graduating seniors and head coach Ted Minnis had a tremendous four years together that included 74 total wins (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Photos from Banquet

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
– The Harvard women's water polo team held its annual banquet to commemorate the 2017 campaign and its graduating seniors. Team awards were also given out to recognize outstanding contributions throughout the season.

Seniors Michelle Martinelli, Zoe Osborne and Eela Nagaraj were all honored for their four years of dedication and hard work to the Harvard water polo program. All three had a significant role in helping Harvard become a consistent winning program, evident through 74 wins through their four years in Crimson. The three seniors were also part of the 2016 squad that set a program record with 24 wins and reached the highest ranking (No. 13) in the CWPA rankings for any women's water polo team at Harvard.

Team and coaching awards were also given out at the banquet. Junior Cleo Harrington was named Team MVP for her play in net for the Crimson this season. Harrington led the defensive efforts throughout the year, notching 172 saves to go along with 21 assists and 19 steals.

Osborne and Nagaraj were then recognized for specific awards, as Osborne was selected for the Coaches' Award and Nagaraj was the recipient of the Peter Hursh '74 Memorial Award. Osborne's commitment to the program and all-around contributions were highlighted through the Coaches' Award, while Nagaraj earned the memorial award that is given annually to the Harvard water polo senior who embodies the spirit and tenacity of the award's namesake.

Freshmen Lana Gorlinski and Sofia Carrera-Justiz wrapped up the award ceremonies, as Gorlinksi was selected as the Most Improved Player and Carrera-Justiz took home Rookie of the Year honors. Gorlinski showed steady improvement over the year as she recorded 13 goals, seven assists and 10 steals, while Carrera-Justiz had a profound impact on the program as she was among the team leaders in goals (41), assists (30) and steals (31).

The Crimson finished the year 15-14, including 4-4 in CWPA play. Harvard went on the earn its highest finish at the CWPA Championships since 2000 this season, earning fourth at the conference championships.