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With 12-Hour Time Differences and Unprecedented Uncertainty, Rugby Standout Sofie Fella Embraces the New Normal
Fella had found her rhythm in her life at Harvard until it was abruptly interrupted in January of 2020.
It has been 30 years since the Harvard women’s lacrosse team made history. In 1990, the Crimson outscored Maryland 8-7 to win the first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship for a Harvard women's team.
I am urging our nation’s young people to “be the change [they] want to see in the world.” I am urging young people, especially the Class of 2020, to share in my vision: a vision in which 2020 is the year we make significant progress on the road to defeat racism and systemic inequality.
On Mignone Field, in front of a large and boisterous home crowd, the Harvard women’s rugby team defeated Army West Point 18-7 to be named the 2019 National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) National Champions for the first time in program history. After a season full of adversity and a couple stinging losses, the team pulled together to achieve a historic season.
After twin victories over Northwestern and Boston University, the Crimson moved up to No. 11 in the Division I rankings, the team’s highest ranking since 1998 and its third-highest in history. This would be the final spot for Harvard mens’ tennis before the rest of the season was canceled due to the coronavirus.
Needless to say, Dean’s training schedule has completely changed since the Olympics were officially postponed. While he was a couple of short months away from peaking, he now has to reverse his training schedule and essentially begin his off-season.
Clark Dean, pictured in the foreground, helped power these four Americans to a top-eight finish at the 2019 World Championships. The Harvard rower had hoped to earn a chance to replicate this international success at the 2020 Olympics, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put his training schedule in an uncertain place.
“I know that I’m gonna have to make a tough decision eventually, but I had to make a tough decision last year as well about whether to take a year off or not,” Taratakovsky explained. “And I don’t regret it for a minute.”
“Home is where the heart is,” said Towns in an announcement on Saturday night’s 11PM SportsCenter. “...That opportunity to fight for the city that raised me is so invaluable.”