11 of Harvard's Greatest Announced as HVC Hall of Fame Class of 2019
 

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Eleven of the greatest student-athletes in Harvard Athletics’ history will be inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 5 at the Harvard Club of Boston. The Class of 2019 includes Jennifer Ahn ’04 (field hockey), Dante Balestracci ’04 (football), Clay Bischoff ’03 (sailing), Louisa Hall ’04 (squash), Trey Hendricks ’04 (baseball), Jesse Jantzen ’04 (wrestling), Kate McDavitt ’04 (field hockey), Hana Peljto Cluff ’04 (basketball), Cardwell Potts  ’04 (sailing), Angela Ruggiero ’02-04 (ice hockey), and Katie Westfall ’04 (soccer), all of whom will join the nearly 550 alumni from Harvard’s 42 varsity teams who have previously earned induction.

Induction into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame is overseen by a selection committee appointed by the Harvard Varsity Club’s Executive Committee. To earn induction, former student-athletes must be a graduate of Harvard for at least 15 years and have achieved greatness in their sport for multiple years while competing for the Crimson.

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The Class of 2019

Jennifer Ahn ’04 | Field Hockey
2-time All-American (2003 first team, 2002 second team) … 4-time All-Region (2003, 2002, 2001 first team, 2000 second team) … 3-time All-Ivy League first team (2003, 2002, 2001) … Ranks third in program history in career assists (26) … 4-year letterwinner … 2-time team captain (2003, 2002) … CFHCA Academic All-American (2000), NFHCA Academic Squad (2003), and Academic All-Ivy League (2004).

Dante Balestracci ’04 | Football

3-time All-American (2003 CSTV first team, 2003 Sports Network second team, 2003 Associated Press third team) … First student-athlete in Ivy League history to earn All-Ivy League first team honors all four years (2003, 2002, 2001, 2000) … William J. Bingham ’16 Award co-recipient as the most outstanding male athlete in the Class of 2004 … Frederick Greeley Crocker Award winner as Harvard’s MVP (2003) … Ivy League Champion (2001) … Ivy League Rookie of the Year (2000) … 4-year letterwinners … Team captain (2003).

Clay Bischoff ’03 | Sailing
2003 ICSA Everett Morris Memorial Trophy recipient as the College Sailor of the Year … 3-time ICSA Co-Ed All-American (2003, 2002, 2001) … ICSA/Gill Coed National Champion (2003)
with record margin of victory … 2-time ICSA/APS Team Champion (2003, 2002) … 2-time ICSA Sloop/Match Race Champion (2001, 2000) … 2-time New England Co-Ed Champion (2001, 2000) … 3-time ICSA Men’s Singlehanded Nationals placewinner (2002 2nd place, 2001 3rd place, 2000 5th place) … 4-year letterwinner … Academic All-Ivy League (2003) ... 2-time World Team Race Champion (2009, 2007) … Finalist for U.S. Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (2007).

Louisa Hall ’04 | Squash
4-time All-America first team (2004, 2003, 2002, 2001) … Ivy League Player of the Year (2002), Rookie of the Year (2001), and 4-time All-Ivy League first team (2004, 2003, 2002, 2001) … WISA All-Tournament Team (2002) … Helped Harvard to the 2001 Howe Cup as the national champions and three Ivy League Championships (2003, 2002, 2001) … Academic All-Ivy League (2004) … 4-year letterwinner … 2-time team captain (2004, 2003).

Trey Hendricks ’04 | Baseball​
4-time All-American (2004 first team P and 1B, 2002 first team DH, 2001 honorable mention DH) … Unanimously selected as the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, All-Ivy League first team pitcher, and All-Ivy League first team first baseman in 2004 … 5-time All-Ivy League (2004 first team P and 1B, 2003 first team 1B, 2002 first team DH, 2001 honorable mention DH) … Ranks second in career doubles (44), third in batting average (.373), fourth in hits (193), fifth in home runs (20), and seventh in runs batted in (114) … Ivy League Champion (2002) … 4-year letterwinner … Team captain (2004).

Jesse Jantzen ’04 | Wrestling​
2004 NCAA Champion and NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler … 3-time All-American (2004, 2003, 2002) and 4-time NCAA Qualifier … 3-time EIWA Champion (2004, 2003, 2002) and 4-time EIWA Placewinner … EIWA Wrestler of the Year (2004), EIWA Championships Outstanding Wrestler (2002), EIWA Billy Sheridan Memorial Award (2002), and EIWA John Fletcher Award (2004, 2003) recipient … EIWA Hall of Fame (2014) inductee … Ivy League Wrestler of the Year (2004), Ivy League Rookie of the Year (2001), and 4-time All-Ivy League first team (2004, 2003, 2002, 2001) … Harvard career record holder for wins (132) and pins (50) … Helped Harvard to the 2001 EIWA Tournament and Ivy League Championships …
William J. Bingham ’16 Award co-recipient as the most outstanding male athlete in the Class of 2004 … 4-year letterwinner … 2-time team captain (2004, 2003) … NWCA All-Academic first team (2003) … World University Games Champion (2005).

Kate McDavitt ’04 | Field Hockey​
All-American (2003 third team) … 2-time All-Region first team (2003, 2002) … 3-time All-Ivy League (2003 first team, 2002 first team, 2000 second team) … Ranks third in career points per game (1.49), fourth in goals per game (.61), fifth in points (73), sixth in goals (30), and seventh in game-winning goals (5) …
John P. Fadden Award recipient as the member of the Class of 2004 who has overcome physical adversity to make a contribution to his/her team … 3-year letterwinner … 2-time team captain (2003, 2002).

Hana Peljto Cluff ’04 | Basketball​
2-time Ivy League Player of the Year (2003, 2002), Ivy League Rookie of the Year (2001), and 4-time All-Ivy League first team (2004, 2003, 2002, 2001) … 4-time Team MVP (2004, 2003, 2002, 2001) … Ranks second in career points (2,109) and scoring average (20.3), third in rebounds (962), rebounds per game (9.3), and offensive rebounds (309), fourth in defensive rebounds (544), and ninth in field-goal percentage (.490) and free-throw percentage (.786) … Helped Harvard to back-to-back Ivy League Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances (2003, 2002) … HRFWA Prize recipient as the top female scholar-athlete in the Class of 2004 … 4-year letterwinner … Team captain (2004) … NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and WBCA Scholarship recipient (2004) … 2-time Academic All-American (2004, 2003) and Academic All-District (2004, 2003) … Academic All-Ivy League (2004) … Played three seasons professionally in France.

Cardwell Potts ’04 | Sailing​
2004 ICSA Everett Morris Memorial Trophy recipient as the College Sailor of the Year … 3-time ICSA Co-Ed All-American (2004, 2003, 2002) and 1-time ICSA Co-Ed All-America Honorable Mention (2001) … ICSA/Gill Coed National Champion (2003) … 2-time ICSA/APS Team Champion (2003, 2002) … 2-time ICSA Sloop/Match Race Champion (2001, 2000) … 2-time New England Co-Ed Champion (2001, 2000) … 4-year letterwinner.

Angela Ruggiero ’02-04 | Ice Hockey​
2004 Patty Kazmaier Award winner as the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey … 4-time All-America first team (2004, 2003, 2000, 1999) … ECAC Hockey Player of the Year (2004), ECAC Hockey Tournament Most Outstanding Player (2004), 4-time All-ECAC Hokey first team (2004, 2003, 2000, 1999), 2-time ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team (2004, 1999), and ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team (1999) … Beanpot Hall of Fame (2016) inductee and Beanpot MVP (2004) … Ranks third in career assists (157), fifth in goals (96), and sixth in points (253) … Helped Harvard to the 1999 AWCHA National Championship and back-to-back NCAA Championship Game appearances (2004, 2003) … 2-time ECAC Hockey Tournament champion (2004, 1999), 3-time ECAC Hockey regular season champion (2004, 2003, 1999), 2-time Ivy League regular season champion (2003, 1999), and 4-time Beanpot champion (2004, 2003, 2000, 1999) …
Radcliffe Prize recipient as the most outstanding female athlete in the Class of 2004 … 4-year letterwinner … Team captain (2004) … Academic All-America Hall of Fame (2015) inductee and Academic All-America first team (2004) … 2-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team (2004, 2003) ... 4-time Olympic medalist (2010 silver, 2006 bronze, 2002 silver, 1998 gold) and 2-time Top Defensemen (2006, 2002) … 4-time IIHF World Championships gold medalist, 6-time silver medalist … Just the 4th woman ever inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (2015) ... Served as a member of the International Olympic Committee (2010-2018), Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (2016-2018), Chairperson for the IOC Athletes' Commission (2016-2018), Board of the United States Olympic Committee (2010-2018), Foundation Board Member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and Former President and board member of the Women's Sports Foundation.

Katie Westfall ’04 | Soccer
All-American (2001 third team) … Ivy League Rookie of the Year (2000) and 4-time All-Ivy League first team (2003, 2002, 2001, 2000) … Ranks second in career assists (32) and 13th in points (48) … Helped Harvard to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (2001, 2000) … 4-year letterwinner.

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