Freshman Firsts

Hey everyone, I’m freshman swimmer Marlee Ehrlich. It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been here at Harvard for 2 months. Everyday poses new challenges, but also offers opportunities to learn and grow. As a freshman, I am constantly blown away by what Harvard has to offer both in the pool and out. In the two short months we have been here, there have been a lot of “firsts”, especially for the freshmen.

Last weekend was our first Head Of The Charles. Seeing the Charles Riverbank so crowded with spectators from all over was pretty amazing. The weather was gorgeous and it was a perfect opportunity to take a break and unwind from midterm week. It was also a perfect opportunity for team bonding, something we have done a lot of this year. Spending the afternoon by the river with teammates is definitely one of my favorite memories I have of this year so far.

View along the Charles River during Head of the Charles weekend


Another first from this week was our Crimson vs. Black Intersquad Meet. We split up our team into the Crimson team and the Black team. This was our first chance to “get after it” and really race. Both teams swam great races and were super enthusiastic. The feeling on the pool deck was electric. This was our first time racing as the 2012-2013 Harvard Women’s Swim Team. I think I speak for all of us when I say that this meet really got me excited about the upcoming season. It was also a great way for us freshman to become familiar with Harvard’s meet cheers and rituals.

A very special part of our intersquad meet was having Sophie there. Sophie is a four year old who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2010. We are so happy to have Sophie as one of our new teammates through Team Impact. She now officially has a team locker and a team warm up jacket! Sophie even got in the pool and swam the 50 free with us during the meet. Collectively cheering Sophie on during her race, really helped pull the team together, plus it was unbelievably cute to see Sophie holding Coach Steph’s hand as she stood on the blocks.

Even though there are so many firsts for the freshmen, our team is truly a real family. From floating as a mass blob in the diving well to having little “family” outings, our team has made sure that we are a close-knit unit. We put the team before ourselves, and I cannot wait to see what we do this season!

Becoming relaxed in the water with aquatic signatures