August 24, 2016

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BURSTING ON THE SCENE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mimi Asom, left, goes after a ball in 2015 action. Asom made quite a debut last fall, scoring 12 goals and four assists to help Princeton win the Ivy League title as it went 14-4-1 overall and 6-0-1 in conference play. Asom was named the Ivy Rookie of the Year and a second-team All Ivy selection. The Tigers open their 2016 campaign this weekend by hosting Fordham on August 26 and Villanova on August 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Sean Driscoll took the helm of the Princeton University women’s soccer team last fall, he could not have scripted a much better debut season. more

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SOLID GOLD: Star goalie Ashleigh Johnson handles the ball in action for the Princeton University women’s water polo team. Last Friday, rising Princeton senior Johnson helped the U.S. top Italy 12-5 in the gold medal match at the 2016 summer Olympics. Johnson, who made nine saves in the win, was named the outstanding goalie of the tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Nelson Diebel ’96 was the last Princeton University athlete to prevail in the pool at the Olympics when he earned two golds in swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games.  more

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TOUR OF ITALY: Princeton University men’s basketball player Hans Brase, right, works on his inside moves in a practice session. This week rising senior Brase and his teammates are currently on an 11-day journey through Italy starting in Rome and traveling through Florence, Bologna, Venice, and Como before heading home on August 31. Along the way, the Tigers will face three Italian professional teams, including two from Serie A2 and one from Serie B. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hans Brase has extensive experience playing in Europe due to his time with Germany’s national basketball program. more

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WATTS UP: Sydney Watts sends the ball up the field in action for the Amherst College field hockey last fall during her junior campaign. Watts, a former Princeton High standout, has been a starter on defense for Amherst the last two seasons and will serve as a co-captain of the team this fall. (Photo Courtesy of Amherst Athletic Communications)

A rash of injuries paved the way for Sydney Watts to get some playing time during the latter stages of her freshman season with the Amherst College field hockey team in the fall of 2013. more

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BEARING DOWN: Marco Pinheiro, left, chases down the ball in action last fall during his freshman season for the Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team. Pinheiro, a former Princeton Day School boys’ soccer star, made the WashU varsity squad as a walk-on as a freshman. He ended up getting into 15 games and making four starts. He is currently in preseason training at WashU as the squad prepares for its season opener at Webster on September 1.

When Marco Pinheiro started looking at colleges, he was initially focusing on schools that would further his soccer career. more

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A NEW SPIN: Former Hun School and Princeton University basketball star Douglas Davis, right, works with a camper on his shooting form last week at the inaugural TopSpin Hoops Academy. The program was an overnight basketball camp that took place from August 12-16 on the Hun campus. (Photo Courtesy of Pete Farnsworth)

In common parlance, “top spin” usually refers to a stroke in racquet sports where the ball is hit with a rising action and then dips over the net, making it hard to return. more

August 17, 2016

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PROFESSIONAL APPROACH: John Gallucci, the president and CEO of JAG Physical Therapy, administers to a New York Red Bulls player. Gallucci, whose company recently expanded its Princeton office, has been named as the Chair of the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sport. Gallucci also serves as the medical coordinator of Major League Soccer. (Photo Courtesy of Steinlight Media)

As John Gallucci, Jr. looked to expand his JAG Physical Therapy business, some personal history led him to consider the Princeton area.

“I have a close relationship in the area because my uncle taught for years at the Hun School,” said Gallucci, the president and CEO of JAG, which he founded in 2005.

“I have many colleagues in the sports medicine division at Princeton University. I thought based on the quality of care we were giving, that Princeton would be an ideal location for growth.”

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MAKING HIS MARK: Chris Harla controls the ball and thwarts a foe in action last fall during his senior season for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team. Earlier this summer, star defender Harla helped the Princeton Football Club (PFC) U-19 United travel team win the New Jersey State Cup. This week, Harla is heading to Carnegie Mellon University to start preseason training for his freshman season with the men’s soccer program. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Chris Harla and his teammates on the Princeton Football Club (PFC) U-19 United travel soccer team went though the 2015-16 season, they savored their time together.

“About half the team is going to be playing in college next year so it was the last year for a lot of us; it was a fun thing to play around,” said Harla, a star defender for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team who graduated in June.

“It wasn’t as much about winning, it was more about having fun and enjoying our last year.”

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Oliver Hamit heads upfield in action this spring during his junior season for the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team. This summer, Hamit competed for Australia in the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) 2016 U-19 Men’s World Championships in British Columbia. Playing in the midfield and on defense, Hamit helped Australia take fourth in the competition. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While Oliver Hamit was sidelined by a shoulder injury for much of this spring in his junior season on the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team, he wasn’t about to miss his shot to play for Australia in the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) 2016 U-19 Men’s World Championships in British Columbia this summer.

“I was going through rehab, seeing doctors and doing physical therapy all of the time,” said Hamit, who hails from Melbourne and moved to Princeton in 2005.

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SILVER LINING: Gevvie Stone powers to the finish line in a single sculls race this season. Stone, a former Princeton University star who took seventh in the women’s single sculls in the 2012 Summer Olympics, made it to the podium in the 2016 Rio Summer games, taking second in the single sculls final last Saturday to earn a silver medal. Stone, 31, became the 20th Princeton rower to win an Olympic medal, and the second to win one in the women’s single sculls; Anne Marden ’81 also won a silver medal for Team USA in the 1988 Olympics. (Photo provided by USRowing)

When Gevvie Stone decided to resume her rowing career after initially retiring in the wake of taking seventh in the women’s single sculls at the 2012 London Summer Games, the former Princeton University standout sensed that she had untapped potential that could result in an Olympic medal.

Juggling her studies at Tufts University medical school, where she earned  her MD in 2014, with her training on the Charles River in Boston, Stone’s intuition proved correct.

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ALL WORLD: Michael Sowers controls the ball in action for the U.S. team at the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) 2016 U-19 Men’s World Championships in British Columbia last month. Incoming Princeton University freshman Sowers starred for the U.S. scoring 22 points on 11 goals and 11 assists as the American squad edged Canada 13-12 in the finals to win the championship. Sowers was one of three attackmen named to the All-World team at the conclusion of the competition.

When Michael Sowers took the field last summer in the opening tryout for the U.S. team that was being picked to go to the 2016 U19 World Lacrosse Championships, he didn’t have great expectations.

“My goal going in was to get to the first camp and just show well,” said Sowers, an incoming Princeton University freshman attackman who enjoyed a record-setting career at Upper Dublin High in Fort Washington, Pa. where he became one of the all-time leading scorers in the history of U.S. high school lacrosse.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: Princeton University men’s lacrosse star Austin Sims, right, and incoming Tiger freshman player Michael Sowers celebrate after helping the U.S. edge Canada 13-12 to win the championship at the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) 2016 U-19 Men’s World Championships in British Columbia last month. Rising junior midfielder Sims, who served as a co-captain of the U.S. squad, finished with a goal and four assists in the competition.

For Austin Sims, playing on the U.S. squad for the 2016 U-19 Men’s World Lacrosse Championships is something that has been on his to-do list for years.

“In 2012 I was on a visit at the University of Virginia and I was checking the updates on Twitter and saw that they won,” said Sims, a rising junior midfielder for the Princeton University men’s lax team.

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August 10, 2016

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MEDAL CHASE: Donn Cabral clears a hurdle in the steeplechase at a recent meet. Former Princeton University track star Cabral ’12 will be competing for the U.S. in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in the 2016 Summer Games. His first round race in Rio is scheduled for August 15 with final slated for August 17. This is Cabral’s second trip to the Olympics as he placed eighth in the steeplechase at the 2012 London Summer Games. (Photo Courtesy of USA Track)

Donn Cabral is methodical when it comes to preparing for competition.

As a senior at Princeton University in 2012, the distance running star was known for training like a metronome on the track, flying through one repeat after another. He also slept in an oxygen tent to help replicate the advantages of being at a higher altitude. more

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DUELING IN RIO: Princeton University fencing star Katharine Holmes ’17 takes a break from a workout in the Tiger fencing room at Jadwin Gym. Holmes is competing in the epee for the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Last Saturday, she fell 5-4 in overtime to Erika Kurpu of Estonia in the Round of 32 in the individual epee competition. Holmes has another shot at Olympic glory as she will be competing in the team epee finals on August 11 along with the Hurley sisters, Courtney and Kelley, both former Notre Dame standouts. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

As Katharine Holmes looked ahead to making her Olympic debut in the women’s epee last week at the Rio Summer Games, she was bringing a peace of mind into the competition rather than nerves. more

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SHINING LIGHT: Robin Prendes competes for the U.S. lightweight men’s four in recent action. Former Princeton University standout Prendes ’11 and another former Tiger, Tyler Nase ’13, helped the U.S. take fourth in the semifinals of its competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics on August 9. Prendes and Nase will compete in the B final on August 11. A victory in that final would give the U.S. lightweight four boat its best Olympic finish since 2000; with Prendes aboard, the boat took eighth overall at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Photo Courtesy of USRowing)

As the competition heated up on the first full day of action at the 2016 Summer Olympics last Saturday, Princeton University athletes rose to the occasion.  more

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NET GAIN: Mira Shane guards the net this spring during her freshman season with University of Michigan women’s lacrosse team. The former Princeton High standout produced a solid debut campaign, playing in 17 games with four starts and posting a goals against average of 8.99 with 67 saves. (Photo Courtesy of University of Michigan Athletics Communications)

Initially, Mira Shane focused on Ivy League schools as she looked at college women’s lacrosse programs. more

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AMAZING GRACE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer star goalie Grace Barbara cradles the trophy earned by her club team, the PDA Gunners, for winning the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) U16 national championship last month in Oceanside, Calif. Rising PDS junior Barbara, who recently committed to attend Princeton University and play for its women’s soccer program, helped the Gunners post an overall record of 41-0-4 in their title run.

Having emerged as one of the top goalkeepers in the area during her freshman season for the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team in 2014, Grace Barbara faced a critical decision the following spring. more

August 7, 2016

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HEADING BACK: Former Princeton University field hockey star Julia Reinprecht chases down a ball in action for the U.S. national team. Standout defender Reinprecht, a 2014 Princeton grad, has overcome a serious head injury suffered in her final college game to make the U.S. squad for the upcoming 2016 Rio Summer Games. It is Reinprecht’s second trip to the Olympics as she played in the 2012 London Summer Games. Reinprecht’s older sister, Katie, a star midfielder and fellow Princeton standout, will be joining her on the U.S. squad along with another former Tiger, Kat Sharkey. (Photo by Mark Palczewski, Courtesy of USA Field Hockey)

Julia Reinprecht’s heady play and stick skills have made her one of the top defenders in U.S. field hockey. more

August 3, 2016

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COOL KAT: Star forward Kat Sharkey controls the ball in action for the U.S. national women’s field hockey team. Sharkey, a 2013 Princeton University grad who was one of the last players cut from the U.S. squad that went to the 2012 London Summer Games, will be making her Olympic debut this week in Rio de Janeiro. She will be joined on the U. S. team in Rio by former Princeton teammates Julia Reinprecht and Katie Reinprecht. (Photo by Mark Palczewski, Courtesy of USA Field Hockey)

Kat Sharkey took a hiatus from the Princeton University field hockey team in 2011-12 to train with the U.S. national program in hopes of playing in the London Summer Games. more

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ATTACK MODE: Katie Reinprecht prepares to send the ball down the field in action for the U.S. national field hockey team. Star midfielder Reinprecht, a 2013 Princeton grad, is headed back to her second Olympics as she will be competing for the U.S. in the upcoming Rio Summer Games. Reinprecht’s younger sister, Julia, a star defender and fellow Princeton standout, will be joining her on the U.S. squad along with another former Tiger, Kat Sharkey. (Photo by Mark Palczewski, Courtesy of USA Field Hockey)

While Katie Reinprecht was thrilled to compete for the U.S. field hockey team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she wasn’t happy with how the games went. more

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SOLID FOUNDATION: Eric Murdock, Jr. of Majeski Foundation, left, passes the ball last Friday at Community Park in game two of the best-of-three championship series in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League. Murdock scored a game-high 19 points to help Majeski to a 62-55 win over King’s Pizzarama as it swept the series 2-0 to earn the title. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After missing the opening game of the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League championship series, Eric Murdock was determined to make an impact when he hit the court for Majeski Foundation in game two last Friday. more

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BACK ON TOP: Eric Liu powers through the water in a recent backstroke race for the Community Park Bluefish swimming team. Liu helped the Bluefish go 5-0 in dual meet action this summer as the program enjoyed its second straight undefeated campaign in Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) Division 1 action. Liu culminated the summer by taking first in the Division 1 boys’ 18-and-under breaststroke at the PASDA championship meet as the host Bluefish rolled to the Division 1 team title at the meet. CP swimmers piled up 3,805 points in winning the meet with Flemington-Raritan second with 2,158. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Community Park Bluefish coming off an undefeated season in 2015, Mike Uchrin was looking forward to seeing what his swimmers could do this summer. more

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GAIL FORCE: Becca Adlai-Gail displays her breaststroke form in a race this summer for the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings. Last week, Adlai-Gail won the Division 2 girls’ 18-and-under 100-yard individual medley, took second in the 50 freestyle, and third in the 50 butterfly at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. Her performance helped the Lemmings place second in the Division 2 team standings at the meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Liz Noles has fond memories of wiling away summer days with the Lenape Swim Club program. more

July 27, 2016

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ROWING TO RIO: Gevvie Stone displays her intensity in a single sculls race this season. Stone, a former Princeton University star who took seventh in the single sculls in the 2012 Summer Olympics, is making a return trip to the Olympics as she will compete at the Rio Summer Games next month. It figures to be the last competition for Stone, a 2014 graduate of Tufts University Medical School, who will be applying for residencies this fall. (Photo provided by USRowing)

After placing seventh in the women’s single sculls at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Genevra “Gevvie” Stone believed that was going to be her last hurrah in rowing.

Having taken a hiatus from Tufts University Medical School to train for the London Games, former Princeton University standout Stone was determined to finish up her studies. more

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LIGHTING IT UP: Tyler Nase displays his form for the U.S. lightweight men’s four. Nase, a 2013 Princeton University and former star for the Tigers, will be competing on the lightweight men’s four at the Rio Summer Games next month. It will be Nase’s first appearance in the Olympics. (Photo provided courtesy of USRowing)

Tyler Nase was exposed to international rowing well before he started his career with the Princeton University men’s lightweight crew program. more