In March, Dora Gyorffy '01 became NCAA national indoor high jump champion ...
In March, Dora Gyorffy ’01 became NCAA national indoor high jump champion with a leap of 1.94 meters (6 feet, 4 1/2 inches). The previous week she tied the NCAA record with a 1.97-meter (6 feet, 5 1/2 inch) jump at the Heptagonals, helping Harvard win its first Hep championship in 10 years. (A torn shoe prevented her from attempting a record-breaking height.) This winter Gyorffy ranked third in the world in indoor high jump; she will compete at the Sydney Olympics this summer for her native Hungary.
Harvard’s grapplers (8-5 overall, 4-3 EIWA) capped a strong season by finishing fourth among 14 teams at the EIWA tournament. For the second time in two years, two Crimson matmen gained all-American status at the NCAAs. This year’s national standouts were senior
co-captains Joey Killar at 165 pounds and Ed Mosley at 174; both of them finished eighth in their events.
Under first-year coach Mark Mazzoleni, the icemen (11-17-2 overall, 9-10-2 ECAC) won their first Ivy League championship since 1993-94 with a 6-3-1 Ivy mark, and tied with Princeton for sixth place in the ECAC. In the ECAC quarterfinals, two 4-3 defeats at Cornell ended their season. Goaltender J.R. Prestifilippo ’00 was named Ivy League Player of the Year and freshman Dominic Moore Ivy Rookie of the Year. Moore’s brother Steve ’00 led the skaters in scoring, with 26 points.
The icewomen (21-5-3 overall, 17-4-3 ECAC) had another strong campaign that saw them ranked among the nation’s top three teams all season long—which nonetheless ended on a disappointing note as Dartmouth beat Harvard 3-2 in overtime to eliminate the Crimson from the ECAC tournament. In a surprise move, the American Women’s College Hockey Alliance did not invite Harvard to defend its national title, instead extending bids to Dartmouth and Minnesota—a team the Crimson had crushed, 8-3, in their only meeting. Jennifer Botterill ’02 was ECAC Player of the Year; she and fellow sophomore Angela Ruggiero were named all-Americans. Tammy Shewchuk ’01 led the icewomen in scoring with 74 points overall and led the ECAC with 60 points in conference games.
The hoopsters (12-15 overall, 7-7 Ivy) tied with Columbia for third in the Ivies. In their last home game, Harvard came within one point (62-61) of upsetting Penn, the undefeated league champions. Junior Dan Clemente, who returned to the lineup after missing part of the season due to eye surgery, averaged 18.6 points per game to lead Crimson scorers.
Harvard (16-10 overall, 9-5 Ivy) tied for second in the league with Penn, behind Ivy champions Dartmouth. Captain Laela Sturdy ’00, a first team all-Ivy selection, led the Crimson in scoring (averaging 13.6 points per game), field goal percentage (.515), and three-point field goal percentage (.473); she topped the league in the latter category.
The powerhouse aquamen (9-0) easily bested all comers, winning the Eastern Championships over nine other colleges. At the NCAAs, freshman Dan Shevchik became an all-American by taking eighth place in the 200-meter backstroke.
The pool women (9-1 overall; 6-1 Ivy) sustained only one loss in their dual meets—to Princeton, the eventual Ivy champions. Harvard then placed third at the Ivy League championship meet, behind Princeton and Brown.
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