Nine of Harvard's Greatest Inducted into Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame

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(photo courtesy Kathryn Riley).
 


The Harvard Varsity Club welcomed nine members to its Hall of Fame as the Class of 2019 during a dinner and induction ceremony at the Harvard Club of Boston's Back Bay Clubhouse on Saturday, October 5. Dante Balestracci ’04 (football)Clay Bischoff ’03 (sailing)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 Kathryn Westfall ’04 (soccer) joined the more than 550 student-athletes from Harvard’s storied history who have previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Click on the link next to each inductee's name to read their personal reflection and/or watch their video introduction. Each inductee's acceptance speech will be available in the coming days.

 

HVC Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Dante Balestracci | Football | Acceptance SpeechPersonal Reflection | Video Introduction
3-time All-American (2003 CSTV first team, 2003 Sports Network second team, 2003 Associated Press third team) … First student-athlete in Ivy League football 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 Rookie of the Year (2000) … Ivy League Champion (2001) … Team captain (2003).



Clay Bischoff ’03 | Sailing | Acceptance SpeechPersonal Reflection | Video Introduction
2003 ICSA Everett Morris Memorial Trophy recipient as the College Sailor of the Year … 3-time ICSA Co-Ed All-American (2003, 2002, 2001) … 2003 ICSA/Gill Coed National Champion 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) … Academic All-Ivy League (2003) ... 2-time World Team Race Champion (2009, 2007) … Finalist for U.S. Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (2007).



Trey Hendricks ’04 | Baseball | Acceptance Speech | Personal Reflection | Video Introduction
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 | Acceptance Speech  | Personal Reflection | Video Introduction
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 … 2-time team captain (2004, 2003) … NWCA All-Academic first team (2003) … World University Games Champion (2005).



Kate McDavitt ’04 | Field Hockey | Acceptance Speech | Personal Reflection | Video Introduction
All-American (2002 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 | Acceptance Speech | Personal Reflection | Video Introduction
2-time Ivy League Player of the Year (2003, 2002) ... 4-time All-Ivy League first team (2004, 2003, 2002, 2001) … HRFWA Prize recipient as the top female scholar-athlete in the Class of 2004 … 4-time Team MVP (2004, 2003, 2002, 2001) … 2001 Ivy League Rookie of the Year ... 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) … 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 | Acceptance Speech | Personal Reflection | Video Introduction
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) … 2003 ICSA/Gill Coed National Champion … 2-time ICSA/APS Team Champion (2003, 2002) … 2-time ICSA Sloop/Match Race Champion (2001, 2000) … 2001 New England Co-Ed Champion.



Angela Ruggiero ’02-04 | Ice Hockey Acceptance Speech  | Personal Reflection | Video Introduction
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) … Radcliffe Prize recipient as the most outstanding female athlete in the Class of 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) … 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.



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

 

About the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame

Founded in 1967 to honor the greatest student-athletes in Harvard History, the first Hall of Fame induction class featured 50 former student-athletes from the Class of 1931 and prior.

The Executive Committee of the Harvard Varsity Club appoints a selection committee  to oversee the Hall of Fame induction process. To earn induction, student-athletes must be a graduate of Harvard for at least 15 years, excelled for multiple years in a sport while an undergraduate at Harvard, and have acheived greatness in a sport at the time when competing for the Crimson.

Visit the Harvard Varsity Club Virtual Hall of Fame for information on all student-athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame.

 

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