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Athlete of the Week: Francis Eddy-Harvey ’21

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Swarthmore Men’s Soccer player Francis Eddy-Harvey ’21 scored his first career goal on Saturday against Dickinson, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. With Swarthmore losing 2-1 with around two minutes to go, Eddy-Harvey netted an equalizer that sent the game into overtime and secured a draw for the Garnet. The draw pulled Swarthmore to 2-3-1 overall, and 0-0-1 in conference play. They resume conference play this Saturday, Sept. 23, when they play at Muhlenberg College.

Jack Corkery: What do you intend to major in, and how did you choose the major?

Francis Eddy-Harvey: Right now, I plan to major in economics while also pursuing the pre-med track. Throughout my life, I have always been interested in the sciences, especially medicine. Additionally, my mom’s job as a budget analyst really sparked my interest in economics, as I have always found her work interesting.

JC: What was it like to score your first career goal in such a big moment?

FEH: It was exciting! I came in on an injury substitution without really having any time to warm up, and before I knew it, I was at the top of the box with a chance to score. I thought we played well in the game, so it was a relief to earn a point from the match.

JC: How well have you bonded with your teammates so far this season?

FEH: This is one of the most close-knit teams I have been with. We eat meals together and spend a lot of time together, and I think it shows on the field where we all stand up for each other without hesitation.

JC: How tough has the adjustment to collegiate-level soccer been?

FEH: At first, it was a little different than I expected, because everyone is just bigger and faster at this level. However, I think I have been able to adjust pretty well, because we practice like we’re playing games, which has helped a lot.

JC: How did you choose to attend Swarthmore?

FEH: My sister actually went to Bryn Mawr, so I already had some connection with the school. I attended some camps here and attended the Elite 300 camp, where I spoke to our coach afterwards. We stayed in touch, and I liked the soccer program here along with the academics, so I decided to attend Swarthmore.

Athlete of the Week: Riya Garg ’19

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Field hockey player and Westlake Village, CA native Riya Garg has lead the team to a fantastic start in the 2017 season. Coming off of a stellar 2016 season in which she started every game she played, Garg has already registered two assists and a goal in the first three games of the year. The Garnet return to action on Sept. 13 with a home game against Dickinson College.

Ping Promrat: What is your major, and what inspired you to pursue it?

Riya Garg: I am a math major and a computer science minor. Math had always been my favorite subject in school, and that made declaring the major easy! After this semester, I potentially could be done with the math major, which is really exciting.

PP: What is your favorite part of being a student athlete?

RG: My favorite part is definitely having a team on the field and off the field. Whether we are studying, taking classes together, or practicing and playing together, our field hockey team has really become a family for me in my time at Swarthmore.

PP: The team welcomed new head coach Hannah Allison this year. What has it been like adjusting to a new coach, and what has she brought to the program?

RG: We all really love her, and having her here is great for our program. She is a relatively young coach, which is really refreshing because she can relate to us in a lot of situations. Something specific that I really love about her is that she will sometimes let us play music at practice. It’s a little thing, but we get to show her our music, and she’ll add songs to the queue, too. I think it really is representative of our relationship with her: she is our coach, but also someone who wants to know us off the field too, music taste and all!

PP: The team is currently 3-1 to start off the season. How do you plan to keep up the momentum as the team heads into conference play?

RG: Our big goal for this season is to play our game and set the tone no matter what. Ultimately, we want to be in control of our destiny this year, no matter who we play.

Athlete of the Week: Briana Narzikul ’17

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This past weekend, Narzikul was the lone senior honored on the Garnet’s Senior Day. In the game that followed the ceremony, the Media, Pa. native tallied two goals, propelling her team to a 12-8 win. In the team’s next game against Washington College, Narzikul recorded a hat trick, giving her 28 goals on the season — a new career high.

MAX KASSAN: What is your major, and what influenced you to pursue it?

BRIANA NARZIKUL: I am a double major in Psychology and Economics because I am interested in business and entrepreneurship.

MK: What is your favorite Swarthmore athletics memory?

BN: My favorite Swarthmore athletics memory would probably be a tie between beating McDaniel this past weekend on Senior Day and beating Muhlenberg my freshman year in double overtime.

MK: What was going through your mind when you were honored during Senior Day?

BN: I was thinking a lot about how fast four years have gone by. It really feels like not too long ago I was playing my first game here at Swat.

MK: How did being the only senior affect how you carried yourself this season?

BN: It is definitely a unique situation; I just focused on trying to set a good example for my younger teammates.

MK: Do you plan to continue playing lacrosse after you graduate?

BN: Probably not competitively, but I can’t see myself totally stepping away from the sport. I may consider coaching at some point.   

Athlete of the Week: Wesley Fishburn ’17

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Last week, Fishburn, the team’s third baseman, showed why he is regarded as one of the best players in the Conference. In four games, the La Jolla, Calif., native went 10-14 (.714) with 6 runs scored, 4 RBIs, a homerun and a stolen base. He capped off the week with a spectacular performance versus Franklin & Marshall, where he went 4-4 with two doubles, raising his season average to an un-human .528 (19 for 36).

MAX KASSAN: What is your major and why did you choose to pursue it?

WESLEY FISHBURN: I’ve always been interested in market dynamics and how different market forces interact to affect the economy. I took an economics class in high school and really enjoyed it, so coming to Swat I had an idea that I was interested in economics, but Professor Kuperberg’s macro class really cemented for me that I wanted to pursue economics as a major.

MK: You tore your ACL last season; how were you able to balance your recovery process with academics?

WF: The fall and beginning part of the spring semester were definitely tough. I was spending more time doing physical therapy every day than I normally would doing baseball activities, so I definitely had to adjust my schoolwork schedule.The athletic trainers have been awesome about being accommodating and flexible with their schedules, so that I’ve been able to balance my class work. Like with anything at Swat, it’s been about managing my time well.

MK: How rewarding does it feel for you to come all the way back from an injury and continue to have success at a high level?

WF: It’s been great. I’ve tried really hard to limit my expectations for myself, given that I didn’t touch a baseball bat for about 10 months after I got hurt. I kept telling myself that just being able play, regardless of how well I played, was a success. However it’s been really satisfying to come back and be able to contribute to be team, and have all those months of rehab pay off.

MK: Now that you are a senior, how has your role on the team changed?

WF: I think as a senior there’s a mandate to contribute to the team in ways other than performing on the field. While I was hurt, I tried to contribute in other ways, whether it was talking to guys about their approach at the plate, or having energy in the dugout to keep guys engaged, and just generally trying to set a good example.

MK: You hit .399 your sophomore season and you are currently hitting .528. Do you have a personal goal to hit over .400?

WF: People like to give me a hard time, because my sophomore year I went 0-4 on the final game of the year to drop my average under .400. But like I said earlier, I’ve really tried to limit my expectations for myself this year, and just focus on enjoying being back out there. That said though, I’d be lying if I wasn’t thinking about it a little bit, it’d be a fun way to go out.

Athlete of the Week: Austin Chang ’20

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Last Saturday, Chang put up one of the year’s most impressive performances by a Swarthmore athlete. The Morris Plains, N.J. native tallied 6 goals against Gettysburg, propelling his team to a 10-8 win. For his efforts, he was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week and USILA/BSN Sports DIII South Offensive Player of the Week. Chang’s performance was especially notable because this marked the first time the Garnet beat Gettysburg since 1985 (22 contests). On Wednesday in a 14-9 win against Muhlenberg, Chang continued his stellar play, scoring 3 goals, which increased his season total to 19.

MAX KASSAN: What is your prospective major?

AUSTIN CHANG: I am currently planning to major in economics and minor in computer science

MK: What adjustments have you made from high school to college?

AC: In college, I have been able to experience a kind of freedom that was very unfamiliar to me as a high school student. At first, I struggled with balancing my work, social life, and athletic obligations. However, over time I have been able to adjust by setting my priorities straight and focusing on just one thing at a time when I get the opportunity.

MK: You were just named Centennial Conference Player of the Week, how does it feel claiming that honor?

AC: It feels really great. Originally, I didn’t think that I was going to get a lot of playing time this year because of a great starting line at attack. But due to unfortunate circumstances, I was asked to step up and I am just grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the team in such a big way.

MK: What was going through your mind when you saw your sixth goal, which essentially clinched the game, go in?

AC: I was ecstatic. I was aware of how important this game was to a lot of the older guys on the team and especially Coach Gress. I was more than happy just to see their reaction at the end when we finally came out on top.

MK: What does beating a nationally ranked team like Gettysburg reveal about your team?

AC: Going into the game, I was a little intimidated by the fact that we hadn’t beaten Gettysburg in such a long time, but as the game went on I gained more and more confidence in our team’s ability to play our game and wear them down. After a few tough losses at the beginning of the season I knew that the guys were hungry to play a solid game against such a good opponent. I really think that the last few games, and especially this one, have been a turning point in our season. We have been able to buckle down and focus a lot better, eliminating unforced turnovers and unnecessary mistakes that would have cost us a win in the past. I hope we can keep up the hard work and continue our strong play against formidable opponents.

Athlete of the Week: Noah Linhart ’19

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Last Thursday against DeSales, Linhart tossed a gem. The Hendersonville, N.C. native propelled the Garnet to a 6-2 victory as he tossed a complete game, allowing only six hits and zero earned runs. The effort helped Linhart lower his ERA to an impressive 2.00, which ranks 6th in the Conference. Linhart will start the Garnet’s next game on Friday at Washington College.

MAX KASSAN: What is your major and what influenced you to pursue it?

NOAH LINHART: My major is biology which I became interested in when I took my first biology class during my freshman year of high school.

MK: What is your favorite Swarthmore athletics memory?

NL: My favorite memory so far is playing two ball on spring break with PO Nation [how the pitchers refer to their cohort].

MK: Last Thursday’s game was your first collegiate complete game. What was going through your mind in the ninth inning?

NL: The only thing on my mind going into the 9th inning was making sure I didn’t try and do too much. The defense behind me was doing a great job all game and I knew that they had my back.

MK: You are one of four very solid starters for the Swarthmore pitching staff this year, what are the dynamics on the pitching staff like?

NL: I feel like the dynamic on the staff focuses around being prepared but also playing relaxed and with confidence. We are very close and everyone knows that the staff has eachothers’ backs, which is a real comforting thought when the time comes to pitch in a big situation.

MK: What are your expectations for the conference season?

NL: I feel like we are going to win a lot of games this conference season. We are a young and talented team with great synergy among everybody. The upperclassmen have done a great job in preparing us for a tough schedule, which I think will help us as the season progresses.

 

Athlete of the Week: Simon Vernier ’19

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Last Sunday, Vernier, the team’s third singles player, pulled out a huge win against #38 Stevens Tech, clinching Swarthmore’s team victory 5-4. After dropping the first set, Vernier responded with vengeance. He won the second set 6-1 and third 6-3, sealing the match. On Tuesday against Ursinus, the Merion Station, Pa., native picked up right where he left off. At first doubles, he and Mark Fallati ’18 won 8-4 and, in singles, he cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

MAX KASSAN: What is your major, and what influenced you to pursue it?  

SIMON VERNIER: I’m pursuing a major in economics because I wanted a major that was both qualitative and quantitative. Additionally, I never took economics in high school, but I was always interested in international current events. In that respect, economics is satisfying in that it provides theoretical and practical answers to international issues.

MK: What is your favorite Swarthmore athletics memory?

SV: Definitely beating Johns Hopkins and Mary Washington at home last year. It had been a long time since we had beaten either of those teams, so to be able to win close matches in back-to-baCk days against regional rivals was a great experience.

MK: What’s it like having your brother (Thomas Vernier ’17) on the team?

SV: It’s been a lot of fun. He’s always helped me with my tennis, and it has definitely been a cool experience that has brought us closer together.

MK: You played fourth singles last year. What did you learn from your experience on the court last season?

SV: I learned that regardless of your spot in the lineup, you’ll have to play tough opponents and that you always have to be ready to bring the same energy and focus to every match. The upperclassmen on this team have always done a good job of instilling this mentality in the freshmen.

MK: What are your expectations heading into Conference season?  

SV: Our expectations are to host the Centennial Conference championships and to qualify for NCAA’s. That has been our goal all season, and I think we’re capable of achieving it.

Athlete of the Week: Eliza Wainwright ’19

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The attacker for the Women’s Lacrosse team from Middletown, DE is off to an electric start to the season. Last Saturday against Eastern University, Wainwright continued her stellar play, recording 6 goals in a 14-7 win.   Through only five games, Wainwright has already recorded more goals (20) than she did all of last year (16). In addition to leading the team in goals scored, she also ranks third in the Conference.

MAX KASSAN: What is your prospective major and what influenced you to pursue it?

ELIZA WAINWRIGHT: I’m planning on majoring in Biology and French. Honestly, I’m not very good at biology. I just liked that it was something that challenged me and pushed myself to really study and learn something that was difficult. Obviously, I’ve also come to like it. French was an impulsive decision —  I was good at it in high school and I love learning languages. I’m also taking German right now. I guess I just wasn’t ready to give up on French, so I kept taking classes.

MK: What do you like most about being a student athlete?

EW: I’m sure you get this all the time, but I love the team. I like that no matter where I am on campus, there’s always someone around who is on my team who knows me, which is a nice feeling when I’m feeling isolated. My teammates are kind of my home on campus.

MK: What is your favorite Swarthmore athletics memory?

EW: My favorite Swarthmore athletics memory is a tough one. When I think of Swarthmore athletics, I don’t think of some big game or play or something — I think of the everyday locker room conversations and the warm up jokes. That’s sort of a cheating answer, but what I’ll remember when I leave won’t be the scores of games, but the weird little things, I think.

MK: You already have more goals than you had all of last year, what has changed for you this season?

EW: I think the only thing that’s changed for me between this year and last year is confidence. Last year I was a freshman and I felt out of my depth on the field, kind of like I wasn’t supposed to be out there. I think the most important change is that this year we have some new offensive personnel and we have really great flow on attack. Most of my goals have been assisted so I attribute all of that to my teammates. I may get the statistic, but they’re the ones setting me up well and making it all happen.

MK: Your team is currently undefeated, what type of boost does this give you heading into Conference season?

EW: 5-0 baby! This is huge for us. I think opening the season knowing that we can put away skilled teams gives us a lot of confidence. Over half of the team is comprised of first-years so the fact that we’ve been able to mesh well this early in the season is big. We’re really excited to bring this momentum into conference play and show the Centennial what we’ve been working on for two months.

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