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Open women lead strong start for Princeton rowing

When head coach Lori Dauphiny wants to see the leaders of her women’s open crew, she looks toward the ends of the shell. Seniors Lauren Wilkinson and Michaela Strand row in the stern, while Emily Reynolds and Ashton Brown work from the bow seats, forming a “senior sandwich,” Dauphiny said. So far, it has been a winning recipe.
 
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The women’s open varsity eight is ranked No. 1 in the nation heading into this weekend’s race against Virginia, Tennessee, and Columbia. (Tom Nowak/Office of Athletic Communications)

After an impressive victory at the Head of the Charles Regatta in October, Princeton entered winter training as one of the nation’s top contenders. The Tigers opened the spring with wins in their first five races, beating six top-20 teams and earning the No. 1 spot in the national rankings. On April 30, the Tigers will host No. 5 Virginia, No. 19 Tennessee, and Columbia on Lake Carnegie.

 
In Dauphiny’s view, the team is still “a work in progress,” led by veteran rowers and fueled in part by a near-miss at the Eastern Sprints last season, where Yale edged the Tigers by less than a second. This year’s team has exceptional depth, an important factor at the NCAA Championships, where the title is decided by three boats – the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four. Princeton’s second varsity boat, stroked by Catherine Parkhurst ’11, was undefeated in its first five races.
 
At the Princeton Boathouse, the spring is shaping up to be a stellar one. In addition to the women’s open crew, the men’s and women’s lightweights also were unbeaten through April 23, and the men’s heavyweights had a single loss – a 1.2-second defeat against Harvard, the defending Eastern champion.
 

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Top five sports headlines of 2010

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1. Women’s basketball sprints into history
Princeton’s five starters — along with a deep, versatile bench — enjoyed unprecedented success, including team records for scoring average (70.7 points per game), wins (26), and longest winning streak (21 games). Most importantly, Princeton earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament… Read more
2. Cross country wins Ivies, finishes strong at NCAAs
Donn Cabral ’12 won the Ivy Heps with the second-fastest time in meet history, headlining a Princeton victory and a sweep of this year’s team and individual honors. Earlier, the Tiger women, led by champion Alex Banfich ’12, earned their fifth straight Ivy title. Both teams would go on to top-15 finishes at the NCAA Championships… Read more
3. Men’s soccer makes history with Ivy sweep
Beginning with a 3–1 win over Richmond, the Tigers won 12 consecutive contests, the longest single-season winning streak in team history. By beating Yale in November, Princeton completed the program’s first perfect Ivy season… Read more

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Sports shorts: International Tigers

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Matt Striebel ’01, left, and Ryan Boyle ’04 (Photos courtesy U.S. Lacrosse)

MEN’S LACROSSE alumni Matt Striebel ’01 and Ryan Boyle ’04 are aiming to recapture the championship for the United States at the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships, beginning July 16 in Manchester, England. [US Lacrosse]

Todd Harrity ’12, the 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year in MEN’S SQUASH, won a bronze medal at the 2010 World University Games in Melbourne, Australia, July 13. Harrity lost to German Jens Schoor in the semifinals but topped Leo Au of Hong Kong in the third-place match. [College Squash Association]

Donn Cabral ’12 of the MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD team won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the North America, Central America, and Caribbean Under-23 Championships in Miramar, Fla., July 10. Team USA dominated the medal count, earning more medals than the other 11 competing nations combined. [USA Track and Field]

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Sports shorts: Recapping 2009-10

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The men’s lightweight crew celebrates its second consecutive national championship June 5. (Photo by Brett Tomlinson)

When sophomore Donn Cabral crossed the finish line of the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 12, it marked the end of another remarkable year in Princeton sports. Men’s track and field, led by Cabral’s second-place finish in the steeplechase and sixth-place run in the 5,000, ranked 21st of 72 teams in the NCAA meet’s final point tally. The Princeton women, paced by steeplechase bronze medalist Ashley Higginson ’11, finished 33rd in a field of 68 teams.

Twelve Princeton teams won Ivy League championships in 2009-10: field hockey, women’s cross country, women’s basketball, men’s indoor track and field, women’s indoor track and field, men’s fencing, women’s fencing, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s lacrosse, women’s tennis, and men’s lightweight crew. Additionally, the men’s water polo team won the CWPA Eastern championship to earn a trip to the NCAA Final Four, where Princeton placed third.

By the athletics department’s count, 2009-10 marks the 24th straight year in which Princeton has won the Ivy’s unofficial all-sports points race. Tiger athletes have won at least one national championship — team or individual — in each of those 24 years, a streak kept alive this year by the men’s lightweight crew, which captured its second straight championship at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta June 5.

UPDATE: According to Athletics Communications, Princeton’s national championship streak spans 39 years, from 1972 through 2010.

Sports shorts: Spring updates

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Second baseman Noel Gonzales-Luna ’10′s 12th-inning single drove in two runs and gave BASEBALL a 4-3 win over Harvard April 3 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers split their doubleheader with the Crimson and also split two games against Dartmouth the following day.

SOFTBALL senior Jamie Lettire hit her 36th and 37th career home runs in a doubleheader against Dartmouth April 3, tying the Princeton home-run record held by Melissa Finley ’05. But the Tigers dropped both games and opened Ivy play with four consecutive losses.

Tyler Fiorito ’12 made a career-high 17 saves as MEN’S LACROSSE beat Brown, 9-7, in Foxborough, Mass., April 3. The Tigers improved to 7-1 entering their much-anticipated matchup with Syracuse, the two-time defending national champion, at the new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., April 10.

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Gold in Beijing

Lind, Coppola win rowing medals

Princeton classmates Caroline Lind ’06 and Steve Coppola ’06 earned medals at the Beijing Olympics Aug. 17. Lind and the U.S. women’s eight won gold, while Coppola and the U.S. men’s eight settled for bronze. A third member of the Class of 2006, Andreanne Morin of the Canadian women’s eight, missed a medal by less than a second, finishing fourth in the event finals.
The victory in the women’s eight was America’s first since 1984, and Lind, who had met members of the 1984 team, told The Boston Globe that she drew inspiration from that gold-medal-winning crew. “They wanted to welcome us to their club,” she said. “So we had to step up.”
Alumni Lia Pernell ’03 (United States, women’s quadruple sculls) and Sam Loch ’06 (Australia, men’s eight) also rowed in the Olympic finals Aug. 17, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, in their events.

Click here for NBC’s video coverage of the U.S. women’s eight.