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The 53rd Annual Senior Letterwinners' Dinner

The Harvard Varsity Club and Harvard Athletics celebrated the Class of 2019 at the annual Senior Letterwinners' Dinner, held inside the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, to honor both the athletic and academic accomplishments of this year's graduating student-athletes.

Class of 2019

Nearly 1,200 seniors, family members, friends, coaches, and administrators dined together on the evening before commencement, honoring the accomplishments of the senior class and announcing the recipients of 11 major prizes and awards.

44 Conference Championships

7 National Championships

46 All-America Honors

"We’re incredibly proud of all that each of you has accomplished representing Harvard -- you’ve achieved at the highest level both on the playing fields and in the classroom, and we are enormously proud." President Bacow
Emcee James P. Connolly '88

Student-athletes, parents, and family members posed for pictures during the red-carpet reception

Award Recipients

The William J. Bingham '16 Award

First awarded in 1954, this award is given annually to that male member of the graduating class of Harvard College who, through integrity, courage, leadership, and ability on the athletic fields, has best served the high purpose of Harvard as exemplified by the late William J. Bingham ’16, former Director of Athletics. This award is presented to our most outstanding male athlete.

Presented by 2004 Bingham Award recipient, Jesse Jantzen '04 (wrestling)

Eli Dershwitz

Men's Fencing

Elected captain twice by his Harvard teammates, Dershwitz won four individual Ivy League championships while helping the Crimson to two team championships and four beanpot titles. He was also a three-time All-American, two-time NCAA champion, two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection, and two-time Academic All-American. On the international stage he became the No. 1 men's sabre fencer in the world last July after becoming the first man in US history to win the Overall World Cup title and claiming his fifth international medal.

The Radcliffe Prize

This award was first established in 1975. It is awarded annually to that senior woman letterwinner who, through outstanding ability on the playing field and dedication to her sport or sports and qualities of leadership, best reflects the purposeful achievement of Radcliffe Alumnae in every field around the world. This prize is presented to our most outstanding female athlete.

Presented by 1997 Radcliffe Prize recipient, Jessica Gelman '97 (basketball)

Gabby Thomas

Women's Track & Field

A 24-time Heps champion and owner of nine Harvard records, Thomas earned eight All-American honors and became the first sprinter in Ivy League history to win an NCAA Championship when she set a NCAA record in the indoor 200m as a junior. This fall she signed a professional contract with New Balance, and in February placed second in the 300m at the US Indoor Championships, running the third-fastest time in US history. Thomas completed her courses while balancing her track career to graduate with a degree in neurobiology.

The John P. Reardon '60 Men’s Award

Established in 1987, this award is named in honor of John P. Reardon, Jr., ’60, Director of Athletics from 1977 to 1990. This prize is presented annually to the senior varsity male athlete who exemplifies the qualities of excellent scholarship, character, leadership, and athletic ability -- in short, our top male scholar-athlete. Nominations for this award come solely from Faculty Deans, Senior Tutors or Resident Deans.

Presented by 2000 William J. Bingham recipient, Isaiah Kacyvenski '00 (football)

Daniel Tran

Men's Swimming & Diving

A 2016 U.S. Olympic trial qualifier, Tran captained his team to a third-straight Ivy League championship this season and helped it post a 25-1 record against conference opponents during his career. In addition to serving as President of Project Swim, a group that teaches mentally and physically challenged children to swim, and as a research assistant at Harvard Business School, Tran was also a four-time Scholar All-American, John Harvard Scholar, Detur Book Prize recipient, and he graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

The Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women’s Athletics Prize

Established by the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women’s Athletics (HRFWA), this prize was first presented in 1986 and is awarded annually to the senior woman who best exemplifies the qualities of excellent scholarship, character, leadership, and athletic ability -- in short, our top female scholar-athlete. Nominations for this award come solely from Faculty Deans, Senior Tutors or Resident Deans.

Presented by Patricia Henry, Senior Associate Director of Athletics

Stephanie Eble

Women's Heavyweight Crew

Eble helped Radcliffe win two Eastern Sprints gold medals during her career. Regarded as having set high standards for herself and her teammates, but also serving as a friend when needed, Eble was elected captain for her senior season. A molecular and cellular biology concentrator who also minored in global health and health policy, she will be applying to medical school to pursue a career in sports medicine or orthopedics, a path she was inspired to take thanks to the support of the Harvard Sports Medicine staff.

The Director's Award

Established in 2007, the Director's Award recognizes the person (or persons) who, through his/her pursuit of excellence and service to Harvard Athletics, has displayed exceptional leadership, personal character, integrity and commitment to education through athletics.

Presented by Bob Scalise, The John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics

Schuyler Bailar

Men's Swimming & Diving

Originally recruited to be a member of the women's swimming and diving team, Bailar won three Ivy League Championships with the men's team as the first openly transgender male student-athlete competing in any NCAA Division I sport and the first transgender swimmer in NCAA Division I history. Using his experience to voice support for others, he has sat on the NCAA Common Ground Task Force for Inclusion in Sports and has spoken to more than 100 organizations and universities across the country about the importance of inclusivity and belonging.

The Francis J. Toland Community Service Award

This award was created in honor of former Senior Associate Director of Athletics Fran Toland, who retired in 2000 after 41 years of service to Harvard Athletics. The award is presented to the senior athlete who has made the most outstanding contribution to Harvard and its neighboring communities.

Presented via video by Treavor Scales '13 (football)

Claire Rushin and Mikaela Thompson

Women's Lacrosse and Women's Swimming & Diving

As co-presidents of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Rushin and Thompson were instrumental in the creation of the Crimson Mind, Body and Performance initiative and Crimson 360, a mix of new and existing programs for student-athletes that promote leadership, community building, life skills, and professional development. The pair also helped launch the Student-Athlete Welcome Back BBQ, Student-Athlete Dance, and Student-Athlete Appreciation Day, creating a greater sense of shared community among all of Harvard's student-athletes.

The Francis H. Burr '09 Scholarship

First awarded in 1918, this award is a scholarship fund established in memory of Francis H. Burr '09 by his friends. It is awarded to the senior man and woman “who combine as nearly as possible, Burr’s remarkable qualities of character, leadership, scholarship, and athletic ability.”

Presented by HVC Chairman, Andy Freed '90 (men's water polo)

Katie Duncan

Softball

A three-time All-Ivy League selection, two-time Pitcher of the Year, two-time Ivy League champion, and captain of this year's Harvard softball team, Duncan graduated as one of the most decorated pitchers in program history. Twice selected as an Academic All-District honoree, the psychology concentrator focused her studies on leading change and progress. She applied her passion and knowledge of Title IX and new models of sexuality to athletics at Harvard, helping to balance gender representation within Athletics common spaces. This summer she is volunteering for The Painted Turtle, a summer camp for children with serious medical conditions, before pursuing her graduate degree in clinical psychology. Duncan's aspiration is to be on the front lines helping pateints get through life's difficulties, something she has always done for her teammates and community.

Liam Corrigan

Men's Heavyweight Crew

A four-year member of the men's heavyweight crew team, Corrigan helped the second varsity eight capture a national title as a first-year. He was unable to attend the dinner as he captained his team at the IRA National Championships. A joint physics and astrophysics concentrator, Corrigan worked with Professor John Kovac to design and build a telescope measuring evidence for what happened shortly after the Big Bang, researched star formation and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance imaging of cells and neurons, and was awarded the prestigious Hoops Prize.

The Mary G. Paget Prize

The Mary G. Paget Prize is awarded annually by the presidents of Radcliffe and Harvard in honor of Mary Guest Paget’s many years of service as Director of Sports, Dance and Recreation at Radcliffe College. The prize was first established in 1975 and is awarded each year to the senior student who has contributed the most to women’s athletics.

Presented by Nicole Parent Haughey '92 (women's soccer)

Christina Cornelius

Women's Volleyball

A two-year captain, Cornelius was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year after helping her team win the Ivy League title and earn its first NCAA Tournament berth. She is just the second student-athlete in program history to be recognized as a four-time All-Ivy League selection, was a two-time All-Region pick, and was twice named Academic All-Ivy League. Cornelius also helped influence policies affecting her fellow student-athletes as a member of the Faculty Standing Committee for Athletics, and worked on behalf of the Don Cornelius Foundation in honor of her late grandfather, Don Cornelius, to support those contemplating suicide and survivors who have lost loved ones due to suicide.

The Carroll F. Getchell Manager of the Year Award

In 1981, the Committee on Athletics voted to name the Manager of the Year Award, established in 1972, for the late Carroll F. Getchell, long-time business manager in the Department of Athletics. Each year the Department recognizes that manager in the senior class “who has best displayed integrity, courage, leadership, and ability” during his/her years of participation.

Presented via video by Morgan Radford '09 (women's heavyweight crew)

Caleb Ringkob

Men's Water Polo

Ringkob had neither played or even seen a water polo match until his first year at Harvard when he began attending matches in support of his first-year roommate, Nick Bunn. After developing relationships with other members of the team, he asked to join the program. Over the next three years Ringkob has been credited with helping the program create a family-like dynamic, ensuring that all members of the program regardless of their role, feels welcome.

The John P. Fadden Award

This award was established in 1966 in honor of the late John P. Fadden’s service as an athletic trainer and friend to Harvard athletes for many years. The award is given annually to a senior student (Varsity, JV or Intramural) who has overcome physical adversity to make a contribution to his/her team.

Presented by HVC Treasurer, Stephen O'Brien '76 (baseball, football)

Nicky Maxwell

Men's Track & Field

Born with fibular hemimelia, Maxwell had his leg amputated below the knee at 15 months old and has worn a prosthetic leg ever since. He also had an underdeveloped right arm, a valgus knee that has required multiple surgeries, no cruciate ligaments in his right knee, and a bipartite patella. He was the first certified NCAA Division I track and field athlete to compete with a prosthetic, and is also the second fastest 400-meter runner in his disability sport classification in British athletics history. He has run personal bests in the 60, 100, 200 and 400 meter events during his time at Harvard and his leadership and presence has made his team better.

The Arthur L. Boland Award

This award was established in 2010 by the Department of Athletics to honor Arthur Boland, MD in commemoration of his 40 years of dedicated service to Harvard Athletics. The award is presented each year to a senior varsity athlete who will be attending medical school and who best exemplifies those characteristics and qualities which have been the hallmark of Dr. Art Boland’s care for Harvard athletes.

Presented by HVC Treasurer, Stephen O'Brien '76 (baseball, football)

Alexi Gosset

Men's Squash

Gosset helped the team to two Ivy League titles as well as a national championship this past winter. During his time in Cambridge, Gosset also worked at The Hospital for Sick Children in the Josselyn-Frankland Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital in the Department of Neurology, and at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto in the Intensive Care Unit. He plans to attend medical school in the fall, and has been admitted to multiple programs including the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

Congratulations,

Class of 2019

Harvard Varsity Club

The Harvard Varsity Club has been instrumental to the success of Harvard Athletics since it was founded in 1886. The Varsity Club preserves the traditions, fosters the ideals, and advances the interests of Harvard Athletics through a wide range of activities for its 30,000+ members. The annual Senior Letterwinners' Dinner, established in 1967 to honor the contributions of the outgoing senior class, is one example of the many functions provided by the Varsity Club.

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