The win by the wrestling team over Cornell in February did more than just end the Big Red's nearly two-decade reign as Ivy champs and complete one of the greatest rebuilding jobs in Ivy history by the Tiger staff of Chris Ayres, Sean Gray, Joe Dubuque and Nate Jackson.
It also gave Princeton its 500th Ivy League championship, by far the most of any league school.
Through the years, nearly 8,500 Princeton athletes have combined for more than 14,000 Ivy League championship rings, both of which are extraordinary figures.
Of the 33 teams that compete for Ivy League titles, Princeton has 14 that have won the most all-time in their sport, nine that rank second and four who rank third, for a total of 27 in the top three.
Princeton has 24 teams that have reached double figures in Ivy League titles, including nine that have reached 20. All 33 Princeton sports that compete for Ivy championships have won at least two.
Princeton has reached double figures in Ivy League championships in an academic year 26 times, including five straight years and 11 of the last 12 prior to the shortened 2019-20 year; only Harvard, who has done so 10 times, has ever reached double figures among other Ivy schools.
Princeton teams have won more than one quarter of all Ivy League titles ever awarded.
What might have been
Among the unanswered questions for 2020 ...
Would Patrick Glory (pictured right), Matthew Kolodzik or his any of his teammates have won an NCAA championship?
Would the women's hockey team, fresh off a win over No. 1 Cornell, have won the NCAA tournament?
Would the women's basketball team have reached the Sweet 16 (or even beyond) for the first time in Ivy history?
How many fencing All-Americans would there have been after Princeton qualified the full 12 for the NCAA championships?
Would the men's lacrosse team, unbeaten and with a resounding win over defending NCAA champ Virginia, have reached Championship Weekend?
Would the men's basketball team have won the Ivy League tournament and reached the NCAA tournament?
Would the top-ranked women's lightweight rowers or third-ranked men's lightweight rowers have won the national title?
How far would the men's and women's tennis teams gone?
Would the women's lacrosse team, men's outdoor track and field team and women's open rowing team won another Ivy League title?
Would the men's volleyball team, who had defeated powerhouse UCLA, have made a return trip to the NCAA tournament?
Who else would have won spring league championships?
With the rise of the Coronavirus epidemic, many Princeton athletic alums played a major role in several cities in the treatment of the virus.
Among those who were on the frontlines:
Women's lacrosse alum Liza Hartofilis, also an ER doctor in New York City, was featured on an episode of HBO's "Real Sports."
Princeton Athletics Staff Also Helped In The Fight
College Football Turns 150
The first college football game was played on Nov. 6, 1869, between Princeton and Rutgers. The 2019 season marked the 150th anniversary of that game, and Princeton was center-stage nationally for its historic place in the sport.
Princeton had a year-long celebration of the 150th, including a game at Yankee Stadium the Saturday after the anniversary of the first game. Princeton students and alums - football and otherwise - turned out in large numbers to be a part of the events surrounding that game. Among the highlights were the lighting of the Empire State Building on the Nov. 6 anniversary, pregame receptions at and around Yankee Stadium, a Princeton Football Association event in New York City Friday night and several on-field recognitions.
Princeton football has won 28 national championships and produced 73 first-team All-Americans, 45 professional players and one Heisman Trophy winner in 150 years. The Tigers have also won 12 Ivy League championships, including three in the last seven years, and the team's 18-2 record over the last two seasons gives the program its highest two-year win total since 1950-51.
Another Tiger Athletics Give Day, another record - and another very grateful group of Princeton Tigers.
TAGD 2019 – the sixth Tiger Athletics Give Day – shattered the existing one-day fundraising record, and with it the $3 million barrier, as Princeton Athletics, its 17 Athletic Friends' Groups and the Princeton Varsity Club raised a total of $3,185,738 in a 24-hour span.
The 2019 event raised the six-year fundraising total past $13 million.
The Princeton Varsity Club
Due to the generosity of its supporters and the tireless leadership of its Board of Directors, the Princeton Varsity Club continues to expand its student-athlete and alumni programming and provide additional opportunities for Tigers to Achieve, Serve and Lead on campus, in the community and beyond.
The PVC held its first Athletics Volunteer Forum on Oct. 25, 2019, as part of Homecoming weekend. Lead volunteers within the PVC, Athletics Friends Groups and Team Around The Team gathered for a cocktail reception and update on the state of Princeton Athletics from Ford Family Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux Samaan. The evening concluded with a dinner and a student-athlete conversation panel.
The PVC also took a lead role in helping connect Princeton athletes and the community, both before the COVID-19 pandemic ...
... and after ...
Despite the pandemic, the PVC continued to honor those who have done the most to support Princeton Athletics, including presenting the Class of 1967 Citizen-Athlete Award to Boston Celtics owner and former lightweight rower Wyc Grousbeck ’83.
The presentation to Wyc Grousbeck was part of the Gary Walters ’67 PVC Awards Banquet, one that was held virtually this past May.
And, of course, there were still letter sweaters to be distributed ...
The advent of the pandemic gave Princeton alums around the world an opportunity to stay connected with each other through Zoom meetings that reunited teammates who were quarantined all over the country and all over the world. Classes met regularly, and games from decades ago were remembered fondly, as was the case with the 1981 football team (pictured above), who talked about the historic 35-31 win over Yale that year (the game was named "The Game of the Century" by Princeton Athletic News) as part of a series of conversations with the Class of 1982.
There was also an outpouring of support from Princeton Athletic alums, through the "Tigers Forever" social media campaign.