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Princeton Athletics 2017-18 Year in review

COMPETITIVE SUCCESS

Princeton won 11 Ivy League championships in 2017-18, tops in the league (field hockey, men's cross country, women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's basketball, men's indoor track & field, women's golf, women's tennis, women's lacrosse, men's outdoor track & field, women's open rowing). This represents the 25th time that Princeton has won 10 or more Ivy championships in a single year, with Harvard (10x) the only other school to accomplish this feat even once.
The Tigers have now claimed 483 Ivy League championships since the league's inception, 25% of all titles awarded.

Postseason Impact

The women’s soccer team pulled off an upset for the ages against the second-ranked and 21-time NCAA champion North Carolina Tar Heels in the NCAA tournament round of 16.
The men's cross country team followed up its dominant Heps championship with a first-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals. The men's track & field/cross country program captured its ninth triple crown in 2017-18, remaining the lone school to accomplish the feat.
The Princeton field hockey team upset regional-host Virginia in double-overtime to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the 16th time in program history.
The seventh-seeded men's hockey team defeated the top three league finishers en route to an ECAC tournament championship, the program's first since 2008, and an NCAA tournament appearance.
The women's basketball team claimed the 2018 Ivy League tournament championship in dominating fashion, earning the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. This marked Princeton's seventh trip to the NCAA tournament in the past nine seasons.
The women's lacrosse team followed up its fifth consecutive Ivy League regular season championship with the program's fourth Ivy League tournament title, the most of any Ivy League school. The Tigers went on to defeat Syracuse in the NCAA tournament first round.
The men's lightweight rowing team posted the program's best finish since 2010, capturing the silver medal at the IRA Championships at Mercer Lake. The varsity eight boat proceeded to win two races at the historic Henley Royal Regatta.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Kasia Nixon '20 (épée) and Maia Chamberlain '20 (saber) won individual NCAA championships, Princeton’s fourth and fifth national championships in program history.
Princeton owns 206 individual and team National Championships
Chad Kanoff '18 directed Princeton’s record-setting offense, throwing for an Ivy League single-season record 3,474 yards. Kanoff was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, and has since signed a contract with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.
Matthew Kolodzik '20 placed third in the nation at 149 pounds, becoming only the sixth multiple-time All-American in program history as only a sophomore.
Two-time All-Ivy performer Leslie Robinson '18 was selected with the 34th pick by the New York Liberty, becoming the first Princeton player (and second ever in the Ivy League) to be drafted to the WNBA.
Two-sport standout Jesper Horsted '19 was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection in both football and baseball. Horsted led the Ivy League in receptions (92) and touchdown catches (14), as well as conference batting average (.390).
All-America Michael Sowers '20 set the Princeton single-season scoring record with 83 points, breaking his own program record set as a freshman in 2017.
Princeton had 15 Ivy League Players of the Year, while 11 Princeton head coaches earned league Coach of the Year honors.

FACILITY ENHANCEMENTS

"Bubble" Seasonal Training Structure

Jadwin Gym Lobby Renovation

Andrew J. Conner '62 Lounge

“I have tremendous respect for the athletes who represent Princeton and those who work with them, and I am a firm believer in the motto ‘Achieve, Serve, Lead’ and what it suggests and represents. As such, I wanted to try to help make the primary athletic venue worthy of the people who compete there and the people who go there to support them." - Andy Conner '62

Tiger Fueling Station

TEAM SPACES & MEETING ROOMS

Princeton Stadium - Team Meeting Rooms
Chandler '51 Lounge
Locker Rooms & Team Spaces
Hobey Baker Rink - women's ice hockey locker room
DeNunzio Pool - Princeton swimming & diving and water polo

TIGERS IN THE COMMUNITY - ACHIEVE, SERVE, LEAD

TIGER ATHLETICS GIVE DAY #TAGD

RECORD SETTING SUPPORT

Over $2.4 million raised in 24 hours - single largest giving day in Princeton Athletics history
Thank you to our PVC Board of Directors for contributing over $200,000 in TAGD Bonus Funds
SAVE THE DATE: Year No. 5 of TAGD will be November 27, 2018

EDUCATION THROUGH ATHLETICS

Gary Walters '67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet

There were 219 graduating senior student-athletes honored as part of the Gary Walters '67 PVC Awards Banquet on May 31st.

Congratulations to the Princeton Athletics Class of 2018
Vanessa Gregoire '18 (women's soccer) and Chad Kanoff '18 (football) were honored as the top senior student-athletes with the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award and William Winston Roper Trophy, respectively.
Delaney Miller '18 (women's cross country and track) received the Class of 1916 Cup, awarded to the graduating Princeton student-athlete with the highest academic standing.
Abby Finkelston '18 (women's lacrosse), Junior Oboh '18 (men's volleyball) and Natalie Tung '18 (women's squash) received the Art Lane '34 Award for their selfless contributions to sport and society. These recipients were again recognized at Class Day, as pictured above.

ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENTS

Denna Laing '14 was honored with the Class of 1967 PVC Citizen-Athlete Award for her selfless and noble contributions to sport and society. Dov Weinryb Grohsgal *13 h14, former Associate Dean in the Office of the Dean of the College, received the Marvin Bressler Award for his profound impact on Princeton student-athletes.
"I hope you choose to inspire. I hope you choose to control what you can control, and live a life where one of your goals is to be better every day. I am so grateful that I get to be a Tiger forever." - Denna Laing '14
Women's water polo seniors Sydney Cheong '18 and Haley Wan '18 presented Ford Family Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux Samaan '91 with an honorary degree from the Class of 2018.

TIGER REFLECTIONS

"Funny thing is, the struggles and hard times are what I'm most thankful for. Princeton taught me to fail, to fail often and that failure was necessary. I learned that the way I responded to adverse situations would define me as a person." - Amir Bell '18
Gaby Joseph '18 of men's soccer was named to the inaugural class of Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University, earning a full scholarship for medical school.

TEAM AROUND THE TEAM

We would like to extend a special thank you to our PVC Board of Directors & Advisory Committee, Athletics Friends Group Presidents, PVC Lifetime Members and Corporate Partners for their tremendous support of Princeton Athletics and Tiger student-athletes.

Credits:

Primary photography by Beverly Schaefer; additional photos by Advent, Justin Kelly, John McCreary, Shelley Szwast, Patrick Tewey and the Ivy League

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