[HWSD] HWSD October update # 2

Steph Morawski morawski at fas.harvard.edu
Sat Oct 28 21:37:00 EDT 2006


*Women's Swimming & Diving *
***Saturday, October 28, 2006*
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/In this issue:/
/*Intrasquad results/
/*Article on Noelle Bassi/
/*HWSD team members to call HWSD alum/
/*Alumni meet update/
/*HWSD Class Notes/
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*COACH'S CORNER*
For the first time in several years, the Crimson team defeated the Black 
team 168.5- 142.5 in the annual Intrasquad Meet held October 20, 2006.  
The entire team put in a full week of hard work in the pool and in 
dryland and weight room sessions, not to mention a two hour workout the 
morning before the Intrasquad Meet.  To make it more interesting, they 
swam 150s instead of 200s and a 400 free instead of a 500.  There was 
some great racing and close events as both teams fought to earn points.
 
This is the time in the season where they train to not only be 
physically tough, but to ensure that they are mentally tough as well.  
The next morning, for those who remember this, they completed one of the 
most successful 55x100 sets to date, a sign that they are very 
determined and focused this year. 
 
*HWSD ALUMNAE*- You will receive a phone call (provided that we have 
updated information on you) from a team member this coming Wednesday, 
November 1.  The point of the phone call is to inform you of our 
upcoming meets and reconnect you with your previous team experience.  If 
you have not updated your information on the Harvard Alumni web site 
(post.harvard.edu) then please do so! 
 
*ALUMNI Meet* information can be found below under the Alumni Notes 
section.**
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*TEAM UPDATE *
 *Harvard Women Crimson vs. Black Intrasquad                   *
* October 20, 2006 - Blodgett Pool, Harvard                   *
* Results*                                   
 
*Event 1  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay*
  1 Crimson  'A'                                          
1:49.17         11 
     1) Hart, Lindsay JR                2) Colling, Meaghan JR           
     3) Chang, LeeAnn SR                4) O'Connor, Bridget JR          
       27.66    58.18  1:24.52  1:49.17                                   
  2 Black  'A'                                 
           1:49.23          4 
     1) Festa, Natalia FR               2) Pangilinan, Jaclyn JR         
     3) Morgan, Sophie FR               4) Slaight, Amanda JR            
       28.00    58.67  1:25.31  1:49.23                                    
  3 Black  'B'                                            
1:54.26          2 
     1) Skoda, Catherine JR             2) Vasquez, Camille FR           
     3) Davidson, Jessica SR            4) Morrissey, Christi SO         
       30.29  1:02.41  1:29.45  1:54.26                                   
  4 Crimson  'B'                                          1:56.67       
     1) Sundberg, Linnea SO             2) Bui, Tiffany FR               
     3) Cutter, Kyle SR                 4) Gyuris, Vanda FR              
       30.21  1:02.66  1:29.56  1:56.67                                   
 
*Event 2  Women 1650 Yard Freestyle*
  1 Clarke, Alexandra   FR Crimson                       
17:02.05          9 
       28.22    58.31  1:29.05  2:00.45  2:31.9  3:02.75  3:33.85  4:05.02
     4:36.15  5:07.28  5:38.29  6:09.02  6:39.81  7:10.82  7:41.81  8:12.90
     8:44.22  9:15.24  9:46.20 10:17.67 10:49.03 11:20.73 11:52.18 12:23.93
    12:55.27 13:26.79 13:58.24 14:29.42 15:00.35 15:31.49 16:02.82 16:33.59
    17:02.05
  2 Foley, Kay          FR Black                         
17:30.20          4 
       29.21  1:00.95  1:33.20  2:05.31  2:37.38  3:09.41  3:41.48  4:13.74
     4:45.83  5:18.05  5:49.79  6:21.64  6:53.63  7:25.49  7:57.60  8:29.63
     9:01.85  9:33.64 10:05.43 10:37.41 11:08.70 11:40.25 12:12.52 12:44.48
    13:16.36 13:48.16 14:20.18 14:51.98 15:23.52 15:55.49 16:27.11 16:59.07
    17:30.20
  3 Blondin, Stacy      SR Crimson                       
18:08.80          3 
       29.97  1:02.41  1:34.98  2:07.76  2:40.76  3:13.81  3:46.72  4:19.58
     4:52.81  5:26.06  5:58.95  6:31.98  7:05.10  7:38.27  8:11.44  8:44.72
     9:17.74  9:50.86 10:24.00 10:57.03 11:30.15 12:03.58 12:36.78 13:10.09
    13:43.32 14:16.40 14:49.80 15:23.29 15:56.48 16:29.81 17:03.15 17:36.54
    18:08.80
  4 Blondin, Kelly      SR Black                         
18:12.43          2 
       30.38  1:03.40  1:36.63  2:10.12  2:43.43  3:17.30  3:50.65  4:23.50
     4:56.49  5:29.58  6:02.64  6:35.64  7:08.41  7:41.87  8:15.05  8:48.39
     9:21.61  9:54.85 10:28.24 11:01.36 11:34.87 12:08.03 12:41.29 13:14.41
    13:47.39 14:20.20 14:53.59 15:26.99 16:00.67 16:33.99 17:07.38 17:40.52
    18:12.43
  5 Faulkner, Katie     FR Crimson                       
18:44.24          1 
       31.12  1:04.46  1:38.54  2:12.60  2:46.87  3:21.17  3:55.64  4:30.07
     5:04.56  5:38.95  6:13.20  6:47.34  7:21.26  7:54.97  8:29.47  9:03.50
     9:37.09 10:11.34 10:45.88 11:19.94 11:53.93 12:28.26 13:02.72 13:36.65
    14:10.98 14:45.46 15:20.28 15:54.66 16:29.08 17:02.99 17:37.13 18:11.02
    18:44.24
  6 Walker, Rachel      SR Crimson                       18:48.41       
       30.45  1:03.57  1:37.38  2:11.21  2:45.11  3:19.20  3:53.30  4:27.35
     5:01.62  5:35.71  6:10.00  6:44.53  7:18.93  7:53.58  8:28.07  9:02.34
     9:36.42 10:10.61 10:45.14 11:19.74 11:54.62 12:28.94 13:03.70 13:38.42
    14:13.23 14:47.95 15:22.50 15:57.19 16:31.83 17:06.15 17:40.99 18:15.39
    18:48.41
*Event 2A  Women 200 Yard Freestyle*
-- Kolbe, Beth               JR Black                         
X5:45.98       
     1:19.80  2:50.02  4:19.36  5:45.98                                   
 
*Event 3  Women 150 Yard Freestyle*
  1 Wilson, Emily       SR Crimson                        
1:24.08          9 
       26.97    55.70  1:24.08                                            
  2 Weisenthal, Laurin  SR Black                          
1:25.40          4 
       27.71    56.46  1:25.40                                            
  3 Davidson, Jessica   SR Black                          
1:27.85          3 
       28.31    58.06  1:27.85                                            
  4 Duguet, Paola       SO Black                          
1:28.27          2 
       27.65    58.01  1:28.27                                             
  5 Mooney, Kelly       SO Black                          1:29.80       
       28.61    59.07  1:29.80                                            
  6 Gyuris, Vanda       FR Crimson                        
1:32.70          1 
       28.81  1:00.74  1:32.70                                            
 
*Event 4  Women 100 Yard Backstroke*
  1 Hart, Lindsay       JR Crimson                          
58.59          9 
       28.75    58.59                                                      
  2 Festa, Natalia      FR Black                          
1:01.61          4 
       29.67  1:01.61                                                     
  3 Cutter, Kyle        SR Crimson                        
1:02.59          3 
       30.43  1:02.59                                                     
  4 O'Reilly, Kara      SR Crimson                        
1:02.79          2 
       30.57  1:02.79                                                     
  5 Skoda, Catherine    JR Black       
                   1:04.43          1 
       31.14  1:04.43                                                     
  6 Duguet, Paola       SO Black                          1:08.55       
       33.36  1:08.55                                                      
  7 Kolbe, Beth         JR Black                          3:07.66       
     1:32.70  3:07.66                                                     
 
*Event 5  Women 100 Yard Breaststroke*
  1 Colling, Meaghan    JR Crimson                       
 1:07.73          9 
       32.14  1:07.73                                                     
  2 Chang, LeeAnn       SR Crimson                        
1:07.97          4 
       32.51  1:07.97                                                     
  3 Pangilinan, Jaclyn  JR Black                          
1:08.27          3 
       32.23  1:08.27                                                     
  4 Vasquez, Camille    FR Black                          
1:10.59          2 
       33.57  1:10.59                                                      
  5 Bui, Tiffany        FR Crimson                        
1:10.79          1 
       33.35  1:10.79                                                     
  6 Foley, Kay          FR Black                          1:10.94       
       33.24  1:10.94                                                     
 
*Event 6  Women 150 Yard Butterfly*
  1 Bassi, Noelle       SR Black                          
1:30.63          9 
       28.75    59.59  1:30.63                                             
  2 O'Connor, Bridget   JR Crimson                        
1:33.17          4 
       29.05  1:01.15  1:33.17                                            
  3 Morgan, Sophie      FR Black                          1:33.50 
         3 
       28.49  1:00.54  1:33.50                                            
  4 Wollner, Margaret   FR Crimson                        
1:36.07          2 
       29.22  1:01.72  1:36.07                                            
  5 Blondin, Kelly      SR Black                          
1:42.83          1 
       31.52  1:07.32  1:42.83                                            
  6 Walker, Rachel      SR Crimson                        1:46.70       
       32.03  1:09.24  1:46.70                                             
 
*Event 7  Women 50 Yard Freestyle*
  1 Slaight, Amanda     JR Black                            
24.69          9 
  2 Morrissey, Christi  SO Black                            
25.66          4 
  3 Bui, Tiffany        FR Crimson                          
26.10          3 
  4 Mooney, Kelly       SO Black                            
26.58          2 
  5 Gyuris, Vanda       FR Crimson                          
26.62          1 
  6 Papadakis, Samanth  JR Crimson                          27.04       
 -- Skoda, Catherine    JR Black                               NS       
 
*Event 8  Women 1 mtr Diving*
  1 Pipitone, Alison    JR Black                           
230.18          9 
  2 Papadakis, Samanth  JR Crimson          
               227.77          4 
  3 High, Caitlin       FR Black                           
212.92          3 
 
*Event 9  Women 100 Yard Freestyle*
  1 Wilson, Emily       SR Crimson                          
53.69          9 
       26.37    53.69                                                      
  2 Clarke, Alexandra   FR Crimson                          
53.87          4 
       25.95    53.87                                                     
  3 Morgan, Sophie      FR Black                    
        55.57          3 
       26.81    55.57                                                     
  4 Slaight, Amanda     JR Black                            
55.60          2 
       27.30    55.60                                                      
  5 Bui, Tiffany        FR Crimson                          
55.85          1 
       27.44    55.85                                                     
  6 Morrissey, Christi  SO Black                            55.88       
       27.36    55.88                                                      
  7 Gyuris, Vanda       FR Crimson                          58.45       
       28.08    58.45                                                     
  8 Kolbe, Beth         JR Black                          2:44.31       
     1:19.45  2:44.31                                                     
 
*Event 10  Women 150 Yard Backstroke*
  1 Hart, Lindsay       JR Crimson                        
1:32.45          9 
       29.75  1:00.99  1:32.45                                             
  2 Davidson, Jessica   SR Black                          
1:35.35          4 
       31.08  1:03.22  1:35.35                                            
  3 Sundberg, Linnea    SO Crimson                        1:37.72    
      3 
       31.58  1:04.92  1:37.72                                            
  4 Festa, Natalia      FR Black                          
1:37.83          2 
       31.15  1:04.67  1:37.83                                            
  5 O'Reilly, Kara      SR Crimson                        
1:38.95          1 
       31.94  1:05.31  1:38.95                                            
 -- Skoda, Catherine    JR Black                               NS       
 
*Event 11  Women 150 Yard Breaststroke*
  1 Chang, LeeAnn       SR Crimson                        
1:44.27          9 
       32.59  1:08.03  1:44.27                                            
  2 Colling, Meaghan    JR Crimson                        
1:46.73          4 
       33.04  1:09.82  1:46.73                                            
  3 Pangilinan, Jaclyn  JR Black                          
1:46.99          3 
       33.25  1:09.69  1:46.99                                            
  4 Vasquez, Camille    FR Black                 
         1:49.93          2 
       33.96  1:11.08  1:49.93                                            
  5 Blondin, Stacy      SR Crimson                        
1:56.64          1 
       36.37  1:16.65  1:56.64                                             
 
*Event 12  Women 400 Yard Freestyle*
  1 Clarke, Alexandra   FR Crimson                        
3:58.03          9 
       26.63    55.88  1:25.84  1:56.48  2:27.33  2:58.35  3:29.02  3:58.03
  2 Weisenthal, Laurin  SR Black                          
4:04.38          4 
       29.25  1:00.28  1:31.39  2:02.35  2:32.72  3:03.26  3:33.49  4:04.38
  3 Wilson, Emily       SR Crimson                        
4:05.56          3 
       29.62  1:00.73  1:32.03  2:03.27  2:34.15  3:04.82  3:35.35  4:05.56
  4 Duguet, Paola       SO Black                          
4:18.25          2 
       28.98  1:01.21  1:33.81  2:06.45  2:39.30  3:12.59  3:45.84  4:18.25
  5 Faulkner, Katie     FR Crimson                        
4:18.76          0.5
       30.21  1:03.12  1:36.35  2:09.72  2:42.91  3:15.66  3:48.24  4:18.76
  5 Blondin, Kelly      SR Black                          
4:18.76          0.5
       30.37  1:03.63  1:36.73  2:09.88  2:42.84  3:15.42  3:47.88  4:18.76
  7 Walker, Rachel      SR Crimson                        4:26.37       
       29.77  1:03.31  1:37.53  2:11.13  2:45.18  3:19.35  3:53.27  4:26.37
-- Kolbe, Beth         JR Black                               NS       
     1:19.45  2:44.31                                                     
 
*Event 13  Women 100 Yard Butterfly*
  1 O'Connor, Bridget   JR Crimson                          
58.62          9 
       28.06    58.62                                                     
  2 Chang, LeeAnn       SR Crimson                          59.50       
   4 
       28.27    59.50                                                     
  3 Morgan, Sophie      FR Black                            
59.61          3 
  4 Festa, Natalia      FR Black                          
1:01.86          2 
       28.52  1:01.86                                                     
  5 Vasquez, Camille    FR Black                          
1:01.98          1 
       29.30  1:01.98                                                     
  6 Cutter, Kyle        SR Crimson                        1:03.21       
       29.61  1:03.21                                                     
 
*Event 14  Women 400 Yard IM*
  1 Bassi, Noelle       SR Black                          
4:32.46          9 
       29.10  1:00.69  4:32.46                                             
  2 Foley, Kay          FR Black                          
4:36.51          4 
       31.23  1:06.68  1:42.07  2:16.23  2:55.07  3:34.63  4:06.41  4:36.51
  3 Sundberg, Linnea    SO Crimson                        
4:38.01          3 
       31.06  1:05.92  1:41.12  2:16.21  2:56.07  3:36.74  4:08.25  4:38.01
  4 Weisenthal, Laurin  SR Black                          
4:38.07          2 
       31.58  1:06.08  1:42.30  2:17.05  2:57.03  3:37.71  4:08.66  4:38.07
  5 Blondin, Stacy      SR Crimson                        
4:47.93          1 
       31.60  1:06.50  1:46.32  2:23.68  3:04.01  3:44.27  4:17.05  4:47.93
  6 Wollner, Margaret   FR Crimson                        4:48.34       
       30.14  1:03.60  1:40.96  2:17.88  3:00.21  3:42.48  4:16.51  4:48.34
*Event 15  Women 3 mtr Diving*
  1 Pipitone, Alison    JR Black                           
273.75          9 
  2 Papadakis, Samanth  JR Crimson                         
259.65          4 
  3 High, Caitlin       FR Black                           
208.13          3 
 
*Event 16  Women 200 Yard IM*
  1 Bassi, Noelle       SR Black                          
2:09.40          9 
       27.93  1:00.49  1:38.95  2:09.40                                   
  2 Hart, Lindsay       JR Crimson                        
2:12.05          4 
       30.20  1:03.07  1:41.78  2:12.05                                   
  3 Davidson, Jessica   SR Black                          
2:14.66          3 
       30.00  1:03.99  1:43.51  2:14.66                                    
  4 Sundberg, Linnea    SO Crimson                        
2:16.28          2 
       30.55  1:04.94  1:44.48  2:16.28                                   
  5 Wollner, Margaret   FR Crimson                        
2:18.12          1 
       29.30  1:04.77  1:45.62  2:18.12                                   
  6 Mooney, Kelly       SO Black                          2:18.45       
       30.75  1:05.81  1:47.77  2:18.45                                   
 
*Event 17  Women 200 Yard Freestyle Relay*
  1 Crimson  'A'                                          
1:39.28         11 
     1) Clarke, Alexandra FR            2) Colling, Meaghan JR           
     3) O'Connor, Bridget JR            4) Wilson, Emily SR              
       25.22    49.86  1:14.68  1:39.28                                   
  2 Black  'A'                                            
1:40.78          4 
     1) Slaight, Amanda JR              2) Morrissey, Christi SO         
     3) Pangilinan, Jaclyn JR           4) Bassi, Noelle SR              
       25.06    50.15  1:15.74  1:40.78                                   
 -- Black  'B'                                                 DQ       
     1) Duguet, Paola SO                2) Mooney, Kelly SO              
     3) Weisenthal, Laurin SR           4) Foley, Kay FR                 
       28.42    56.81  2:05.07                                            
* * **
*Co-captain Noelle Bassi was featured in the football program vs. 
Lafayette.  Article below by Casey Hart.*
 
*The Bassi Standard*
 
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team was not supposed to beat 
Rutgers last season. Sure, the Crimson was the No. 25 team in the 
country and had won its previous 17 dual meets. But the Scarlet Knights, 
ranked 24th, were no pushovers. Not to mention that Harvard had just 
returned from its grueling weeklong winter training trip. Noelle Bassi 
was not supposed to swim the 400-yard individual medley against Rutgers, 
either.
Bassi, in the middle of her second consecutive All-America season for 
Harvard, had started the afternoon by claiming victory in the 200 
butterfly, her signature event. Then, matched head-to-head with Rutgers 
star Kelly Harrigan, Bassi had come out on top in the 500 freestyle.
That race was just two events before the 400 IM, the final individual 
contest of the meet. Harvard led by a single point but needed a win in 
the IM, as a strong group of Rutgers sprinters were waiting in the 400 
free relay. That meant Bassi was swimming.
"I know the last thing she felt like doing after swimming a 200 fly and 
a 500 free was to get right back in there and swim a 400 IM, knowing 
that she had to win it," says Harvard head coach Stephanie Wriede 
Morawski '92. "But she didn't complain. She just gave me one of those 
looks, got up there and did it. She won the race, and that's how we won 
the meet."  And that's how Morawski describes her senior co-captain: the 
kind of leader who takes charge in the middle of meet, the kind of 
competitor who recognizes when her team needs points, then dives in and 
takes them.
"Noelle's definitely one of the best swimmers we have had at Harvard," 
says Morawski, who is in her 10th season at the helm of the Crimson and 
has spent 15 years involved with the program as an athlete and coach. 
"And she is not afraid to go above and beyond, to do extra workouts, 
whether it's a spin class, elliptical, going for a run or anything extra 
on her own. When she's in the pool, she loves to race, and that's what 
the sport's about."
That competitive fire has led to a great deal of success for Bassi. The 
owner of school records in three very different events, Bassi was the 
Swimmer of the Meet at the 2006 Ivy League Championships, led the 
Crimson to the 2005 Ivy League title and helped Harvard win all 20 of 
its dual meets while capturing the Ivy League dual-meet championship in 
each of her two years on the team. Her 14th-place finish in the 200 fly 
at the 2006 NCAA Championships made her the just fifth Crimson swimmer 
-- and the first since Morawski in 1991 and 1992 -- to earn All-America 
honors in consecutive seasons.
Bassi's greatest strength lies in long-course swimming, where each pool 
length is 50 meters instead of 25 yards, so she makes three turns in the 
course of a national or international 200 fly instead of the seven 
required in a college race. She captured a U.S. national championship in 
the 200-meter butterfly in 2004 and placed sixth in the event at the 
Olympic Trials, an experience she won't soon forget.  "There really 
isn't another meet like Olympic Trials," says Bassi. "No one can ever 
take away my experience. Just to be there and have a legitimate shot at 
making the Olympics is amazing. I learned a lot about myself as a person 
and a swimmer and hopefully those things have paved the way for future 
successes."
After coming so close, taking another shot at the Olympics is definitely 
on the mind of Bassi, who has already qualified for the 2008 Trials for 
the Beijing Games.
However, with just one year left at Harvard and aspirations of graduate 
school and a career in clinical psychology, Bassi is not sure if or how 
training for the Trials will fit into her post-college life. Instead of 
worrying about the future now, her mind is on this year's team and 
making the most of her senior season, which starts with a dual meet 
against Penn Nov. 4.
To prepare the team for the season, she and co-captain Kyle Cutter have 
taken an active approach. They've met alone and with teammates and 
coaches to establish goals for the team and strategies for reaching 
those aims. The Crimson made it all the way to No. 21 in the final 
2005-2006 College Swim Coaches of America national poll, and Bassi is 
not ready to stop climbing the charts. She wants to help her teammates 
continue to improve so more of them can join her at the NCAA 
Championships. She wants to keep winning dual meets, which she cautions 
can only happen "one meet at a time." Then there's the matter of the Ivy 
title that got away last year. "Last year the majority of the team had 
championship rings," she points out. "Not that we were complacent, but 
we were missing some of that desire. Now that half our team hasn't won a 
championship, we're motivated to get it back."
When she says, "The main focus we've had this year has been getting 
everyone on the same page," Bassi means it literally. She and Cutter 
came up with a poster with the team's mission statement and goals and 
had every team member sign it.  In another part of her role as captain, 
Bassi has been a mentor to the Crimson freshmen and has even helped 
shape next year's team, despite the fact that by then she will likely be 
hitting the books in grad school or hitting the pool in pursuit of her 
Olympic dreams. Morawski says Bassi has helped with recruiting, making 
it clear that she wants only serious swimmers to follow in her footsteps 
and those of her teammates who have marched the Crimson into the top 25.
Then, of course, there's the pool, where Bassi's leadership is most 
evident. She is not only one of the top performers in the history of 
Harvard swimming but also one of the program's hardest workers. She has 
trained diligently to improve her sprinting, turning it from a weakness 
to a strength and making her a more dominant collegiate swimmer.
"Noelle is an extremely dedicated athlete, teammate and leader. She 
gives everything she has every single day, and as a leader on our team, 
that's extremely important," Cutter says of her co-captain. "Noelle's 
swims do more for our team than just contribute valuable points. What 
makes Noelle special is that she holds herself to a higher standard, and 
her actions motivate others to do the same."
A native of Franklin Lakes, N.J., Bassi considered attending Harvard 
coming out of Mercersburg Academy but decided to accept a scholarship to 
swim for the University of Tennessee. However, after a year in 
Knoxville, she sought a return to the Northeast and the academic 
challenge of the Ivy League. With the blessing of her parents -- who 
told her, "You can't put a price on happiness" -- Bassi moved on to 
Cambridge.
"I took another trip to Harvard and just felt that the team had made a 
lot of strides in the right direction, and that Steph was definitely 
building a program that was moving in the direction of the top 25," 
Bassi says.
NCAA transfer rules prevented Bassi from competing for the Crimson her 
first year on campus. She trained with the team but could not suit up at 
meets, concentrating instead on the upcoming National and Olympic 
Trials. It was tough for her to stand on the pool deck while her 
teammates lost to rival Princeton by just 16.5 points at the 2004 Ivy 
Championships, but Bassi says it was that season on the sidelines which 
taught her the value of contributing to the team out of the pool, a 
lesson that is paying dividends now that she is a captain.
That first year in Cambridge also allowed Bassi to settle into academic 
life at Harvard, and she has excelled, earning national academic honors 
for her high grade-point average as a psychology concentrator.  Bassi is 
interested in the social aspects of psychology and the juncture of 
biology and psychology. She spent last summer in Cambridge working in 
the health and psychophysiology lab, and she's continuing her research 
during the school year. Perhaps unsurprisingly for someone who spends so 
much time training her body to perform at an elite level, she enjoys the 
real-world connections of how the mind works with the body.
She doesn't really know how she manages to fit workouts, classes, a job 
in the psych lab and even a little television into the day. Her coach 
knows the key is working tirelessly and continually seeking new 
challenges, and she points to Bassi as an example of an athlete who 
takes advantage of all Harvard has to offer. "She sets very high 
standards for herself and doesn't like not achieving them," says 
Morawski. "The bottom line is she's strong and doesn't want to give up. 
She wants to keep going and keep pushing to be the best she can be." As 
Cutter puts it, "There is a degree of quality in everything Noelle does 
that raises the bar." Bassi has one more year of that hectic life before 
decision time arrives, but if she keeps going like she has, Morawski 
says it should be a win-win situation. "If she has a great year this 
year, she'll either feel great about it and go on competing, or she'll 
feel satisfied with everything that she's done and leave on a good note."
Regardless of her decision at the end of the year, Noelle Bassi will 
leave behind a higher standard of excellence for Crimson swimmers both 
in and out of the pool.
* *
* *
*ALUMNI NOTES*
 
***HWSD Alumni-  *
Last spring, our team reached out to many of you over the phone to 
encourage you to reconnect with your team experience by attending our 
meets, subscribing to this newsletter, participating in an alumni event, 
etc.  Once again, they will be reaching out to you for the same reasons 
on November 1 as the team highlights the season meets and encourages you 
to attend the H/Y Alumni event (see below).  Now is your chance to ask 
questions of team members and put together a voice and a name that you 
can recognize in upcoming meet results.
* *
***ALUMNI MEET*
*  *Friday, November 17: *

    * Harvard Women vs. Columbia, 3 p.m.
    * Harvard Men vs. Columbia, 7 p.m.

*  *Saturday, November 18: *

    * Varsity Workout, 6:30 - 9 a.m.
    * Family swim, 9 - 11 a.m.
    * Alumni Warmup, 9 - 10 a.m.
    * Alumni Meet, 10 - 11 a.m.
    * Tailgate & BBQ, 11:15 a.m.
    * Harvard vs. Yale Football, 12:00 noon

Registration for events will begin on line as of November 1 through 
www.swimindex.com <http://www.swimindex.com/>.  You are welcome to 
participate without registering on line but our goal is to move the meet 
along and be able to input names and years efficiently.  So, if you do 
intend to swim, please register!  And if you are unsure, then you can 
sign up on pool deck.

***HWSD Class Notes *
Copying the Harvard Magazine, we will soon initiate a HWSD Class Notes 
section.  Nancy Jo, '00 will be in charge of contacting Class Agents and 
gathering submissions.  If individuals want to contribute directly, that 
is fine as well.  More information to follow in the November newsletter 
edition!
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