Women's Water Polo Celebrates 2018-19 at Annual Banquet

Women's Water Polo Celebrates 2018-19 at Annual Banquet

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Harvard women's water polo team gathered with friends and family to celebrate the 2018-19 season during its end of the year banquet on April 29 at the Harvard Club of Boston. The women finished the year with a 21-8 overall record for just the fifth time in its history the team has collected 20 or more wins in a season. 

Kicking off the night's events, senior Haley Bowe was awarded the Peter Hursh '74 Memorial award, which is presented to the Harvard water polo senior who embodies the spirit and tenacity of Peter Hursh '74. Bowe ended her career with the Crimson with 55 goals, 44 assists, 68 steals, 15 drawn kick outs and one block.

Throughout her four-year career, Kristen Hong has been Harvard's leading scorer with 270 goals, the most in program history while adding 128 assists, 128 steals, 10 blocks and 24 drawn kick outs. As a senior she collected 69 goals, 37 assists, 15 steals, 24 drawn kick outs and four blocks to earn MVP honors for the second-straight year in addition to garnering CWPA All-Tournament first team and All-CWPA first team honors.

Also recording a stand out performance throughout the season, first-year Grace Thawley was named Rookie of the Year after she scored 48 goals while adding 13 assists, 11 steals, a block and an unprecedented 52 drawn kick outs. Additionally, the Santa Ana, California native was named to the CWPA All-Tournament and All-CWPA second team.

Juniors Angie Varona and Mathilde Ribordy wrapped up the award ceremonies as Varona received the Coaches Award and Ribordy collected Most Improved Player.

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