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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
Alumni, students begin competition
Twelve Princetonians – 11 athletes and one coach – are representing their countries in Beijing during the opening week of the 2008 Olympics. (Apologies to Konrad Wysocki ’04 and Bryan Tay ’12, who were not included in The Weekly Blog’s July 9 list of Tiger Olympians.)