Lyra Olson ’16 accepts the team spirit trophy for the United States at July’s World Under-23 Ultimate Championships. (Ultiphotos/Kevin Leclaire)
When Lyra Olson ’16 went to the Eastern tryouts for the U.S. under-23 women’s ultimate Frisbee team last fall, she was amazed by the talented players around her. “These girls were just ballers,” she said. “It was the highest level of competitive ultimate I’d ever been in.”
Olson, in just her third year playing ultimate, admits that her skills may have been a notch below the top players. But she made her case with fitness, a valuable asset in a sport of near constant running and tournaments that routinely include two or three games in a day.
Olson was one of 24 women selected for the team, which traveled to London in July for the World Under-23 Ultimate Championships, held every four years.
For Olson, it was another highlight in a remarkable year that also included a trip to the national collegiate championships with the Princeton women’s team.
Olson began throwing a disc at an early age with father, Eric Olson ’80, who played ultimate as a Princeton undergrad. But she didn’t have a chance to play on a team until college. (In high school, she was a devoted violinist as well as a field hockey player and self-described “fitness junkie.”) Continue reading
Katie Reinprecht ’13 (Team USA)
U.S. field hockey midfielder KATIE REINPRECHT ’13 wasted little time in her squad’s debut at the Pan Am Games July 13. She scored in the second minute against Uruguay, sparking what would become a 5-0 victory for the United States. Sister JULIA REINPRECHT ’14, also a starter, helped to preserve the shutout on defense.
The field hockey stars are among more than a dozen Princeton athletes — alumni and undergraduates, from varsity and club sports — competing internationally this summer.
Men’s basketball standout HANS BRASE ’16 led Germany to a silver medal at the World University Games in South Korea July 13. The German team pushed the United States to double-overtime in the championship game before falling, 84-77. Brase’s Tiger teammate SPENCER WEISZ ’17 is representing Israel at the FIBA U-20 European Championship in Italy.
Women’s water polo teammates ASHLEIGH JOHNSON ’16 and ASHLEY HATCHER ’15 faced off in the Pan Am Games. Hatcher, playing for Argentina, scored three goals in three games (a win and two losses), while Johnson, a goalkeeper for the United States, held Cuba to three goals in a commanding 18-3 win during the group stage. Johnson will be playing for gold tonight when the Americans face Canada in the championship game. Continue reading
Erin McMunn ’15 (Office of Athletic Communications)
Erin Slifer ’15 (Office of Athletic Communications)
It was an odd way to go out, even though the No. 11 women’s lacrosse team was facing stiff competition in No. 5 Duke. The Tigers were held to just three points in their NCAA quarterfinal loss, ending a tournament run and a season that had been marked by offensive prowess.
Midfielder Olivia Hompe ’17 scored one of Princeton’s three goals, but the Blue Devils managed to silence senior standout Erin Slifer ’15, who had 41 goals on the season and moved into second place on Princeton’s all-time assists leaderboard Saturday. Princeton’s all-time assist leader, attacker Erin McMunn ’15, added another to her total but also failed to find the net herself.
The Tigers did not lose for lack of possession. Princeton scooped up ground balls left and right, particularly during the first half, and had just four turnovers to Duke’s seven in the second. The problem was simply that the Blue Devils never gave them an easy shot. Time and time again, the Tigers took possession and circled the crease, but even when they found an inroad Duke’s sticks were right there to break up the attempt.
“They were starting well, they were really out on our hands,” head coach Chris Sailer said. “We did get opportunities, but we just weren’t able to get great shots off.”
Duke’s offense did not fare much better. Ellie DeGarmo ’17 played the entire game in the net for the Tigers and notched eight saves, holding the Blue Devils to three points in the first half. Continue reading
(Cliff Moore/PAW Archives)
In the spring of 1975, Princeton women’s rowing finished strong, placing second in the varsity eight at Eastern Sprints and fifth at the National Women’s Rowing Championships, above, held on Lake Carnegie. PAW’s season wrap-up also noted that four Princeton women were competing for spots on the U.S. national team, in advance of the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, where women’s rowing would be part of the program for the first time. Carol Brown ’75 and coxswain Mimi Kellogg ’76 made the team for Montreal, and Brown won bronze in the women’s eight, becoming the first Princeton alumna to earn an Olympic medal. Continue reading
In Ivy League track circles, teams chase their own version of the Triple Crown: Heptagonal Championships victories in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. On Sunday, Princeton completed that feat, winning the outdoor championship by a 161-159.5 margin over Cornell.
“It’s rare, but when it happens it’s worth protecting,” junior pole-vaulter Adam Bragg said. For the Tigers, it marks the seventh triple-crown season in program history.
Heps pole vault champion Adam Bragg ’16 (Office of Athletic Communications)
A crucial part of this first place finish, Bragg was one of three Tigers who won events on the opening day of the meet to give the team the necessary momentum and scoring cushion going into the second and final day. Also earning individual titles were senior Tumi Akinlawon in the long jump and senior Matt McDonald in the 10,000 meter run. “Going into the second day with that much momentum, I think it just set the tone,” Bragg said.
While not a personal record, Bragg claimed his second consecutive outdoor Ivy League title by clearing 5.1 meters (16-8.75 feet) on his first attempt.
“The day wasn’t so much about [individual] height as it was about going out there and getting the 10 points for the team,” Bragg said. “Heps is bigger than the individual performer and that shows in everybody in who goes out there, even if they don’t score, or if they score a sixth place finish for that one point. At the beginning of the day I had told my coach, whatever you need me to do to score the points and come out with the win, you make the decisions, you make the calls, and we ended up making some good calls and coming out with the win.” Continue reading
Olivia Hompe ’17 (Noel Valero ’82 *85)
Despite being the only undefeated team heading into the Ivy League Tournament this weekend, the No. 11 Princeton women’s lacrosse team was also entering into the competition an underdog of sorts against No. 13 Penn. The Quakers had won the last two Ivy League titles, and history can go a long way.
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But after dominating Harvard 15-8 in the tournament semifinal on Friday, the Tigers defeated Penn 14-11 on Sunday to win an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and its first Ivy League Tournament title since 2011.
“Penn has been the dominant team in the Ivies, but we knew that we wanted to get Princeton back on top and be able to compete at the highest level,” coach Chris Sailer said. “We just really worked hard for it.”
Leading the way for Princeton was the Class of 2017, which worked hard to dispel the “sophomore slump” myth as four Tiger sophomores were named to the All-Tournament Team. Midfielder Olivia Hompe’s nine-goal tournament earned her the tournament MVP title. Her career-high six-goal performance against Harvard was just one shy of senior Erin McMunn’s seven-goal Ivy League Tournament record that she set last year. Continue reading