September 2, 2015

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HEAD FIRST: Princeton University men’s soccer player Thomas Sanner, left, goes up high to head a ball in action last fall. Senior star Sanner should be a go-to finisher for the Tigers this fall. Princeton kicks off its 2015 campaign by playing at St. John’s on September 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Riding a late surge last fall, the Princeton University men’s soccer team went 8-0-1 in its final nine games and tied Dartmouth for the Ivy League title. more

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FLYING START: Princeton University women’s soccer player Vanessa Gregoire, right, soars over a Howard player last Friday night in the 2015 season opener for the Tigers. Sophomore midfielder Gregoire contributed a goal and an assist in the contest as Princeton rolled to a 6-0 win over the Bison in the debut of new Tiger head coach Sean Driscoll. Two days later, Gregoire contributed two assists as Princeton topped Fordham 2-1. Gregoire was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her productive weekend. The Tigers will look to keep on the winning track as they host Rutgers on September 3 and Duquesne on September 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Vanessa Gregoire, the season opener for the Princeton University women’s soccer team last Friday night against visiting Howard had been on her mind for a while. more

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HARD CHALLENGE: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Chris Harla thwarts a foe in a recent preseason scrimmage. Senior defender and tri-captain Harla figures to be a key performer this fall for the Little Tigers who are coming off a 2014 season that saw the squad win the county title and advance to the state Group 3 title game. The Little Tigers open their regular season play by hosting Westfield on September 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton High boys’ soccer team is stocked with seniors and is coming off a season that saw the squad win the county title and advance to the state Group 3 championship game, Wayne Sutcliffe knows those factors don’t guarantee success this fall. more

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NEW YORK JET: Olivia Braender-Carr chases down a ball in action last fall during her freshman campaign with the New York University women’s soccer team. Former Hun school star Braender-Carr tallied a goal on the season and helped the Violets advance to the NCAA Division III tournament. She was slated to get her sophomore season underway on September 1 as NYU hosted Johnson and Wales in its season opener. (Photo Courtesy of NYU Sports Information)

After playing defense for most of her career with the Hun School girls’ soccer team, Olivia Braender-Carr was sent up the field as she made her debut last fall for the NYU women’s squad. more

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CAT EYES: Princeton University field hockey player Cat Caro tracks down a ball in a game last fall. Junior star Caro figures to be a key player for the Tigers this fall as they go after their 11th straight Ivy League title. The 15th-ranked Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting No. 2 North Carolina (2-0) on September 4 and No. 9 Virginia (2-0) on September 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After stumbling to a 3-9 start in 2014 the Princeton University field hockey team is determined to hit the ground running this fall. more

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PAN AM FLIGHT: Ashley Higginson races through a curve during her illustrious Princeton University track career. Higginson, a 2011 Princeton alum, recently took gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Higginson, who also graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Newark this summer, is turning her focus to making the U.S. Olympic team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

On one hand, Ashley Higginson was disappointed to finish fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. outdoor nationals earlier this summer, missing a spot in the World Championships by two places.

But Higginson, a 2011 Princeton University alum who earned All-American honors in the steeplechase and the indoor 3,000 during her Tiger career, gained some important lessons from the experience. more

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FINAL RUN: Rui Pinheiro races up the field in action last fall during his junior season with the Tufts University men’s soccer team. Pinheiro, a former Princeton Day School standout, helped the Jumbos win the NCAA Division III title in 2014. The midfielder will get his senior campaign underway on September 8 when Tufts plays at Endicott in its season opener. (Photo by Alonso Nichols /Tufts)

Coming into the 2014 season, Rui Pinheiro and his teammates on the Tufts University men’s soccer team were just hoping to have a chance to play in the postseason. more

August 26, 2015

TOUR OF ITALY: T.J. Bray unloads the ball during his career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team. Bray, a 2014 Princeton alum who scored 1,024 points in his Tiger career and was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, is headed back to Italy for a second season of pro ball. After playing for Pallacanestro Trapani last year in Italy’s A2 Gold division, Bray has signed with another team in the league, A.S. Junior Casale.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

TOUR OF ITALY: T.J. Bray unloads the ball during his career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team. Bray, a 2014 Princeton alum who scored 1,024 points in his Tiger career and was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, is headed back to Italy for a second season of pro ball. After playing for Pallacanestro Trapani last year in Italy’s A2 Gold division, Bray has signed with another team in the league, A.S. Junior Casale. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After mastering a famed system during a stellar career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team, T.J. Bray had to change gears when he went to Italy to play pro hoops for Pallacanestro Trapani last season in the country’s A2 Gold division.

“The coach ran a system that was the opposite of the Princeton offense,” said Bray a 2014 Princeton alum who scored 1,024 points in his career and was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior. more

FINISHING KICK: Ben Davis kicks the ball in action for the Lehigh University men’s soccer team. Davis, a former Princeton High standout, is heading into his final campaign for the Mountain Hawks. Defender Davis and Lehigh start the 2015 campaign on August 28 when the Mountain Hawks host Fairleigh Dickinson.(Photo Courtesy of Lehigh Sports Communications)

FINISHING KICK: Ben Davis kicks the ball in action for the Lehigh University men’s soccer team. Davis, a former Princeton High standout, is heading into his final campaign for the Mountain Hawks. Defender Davis and Lehigh start the 2015 campaign on August 28 when the Mountain Hawks host Fairleigh Dickinson. (Photo Courtesy of Lehigh Sports Communications)

Despite emerging as an All-State defender for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team, Ben Davis was not heavily recruited by college programs.

“I didn’t put that much emphasis on playing soccer when I was looking at schools,” said Davis, a 2012 PHS grad who helped PHS win a state title in 2009 and county crowns in 2009 and 2011. more

GETTING IT DONE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Jesse McDonough boots the ball upfield in a game last fall. Junior captain McDonough, a native of Monmouth Beach, N.J, figures to help the Tigers in the midfield and on the back line this season. The Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting Howard on August 28 in the first game under new head coach Sean Driscoll.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

GETTING IT DONE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Jesse McDonough boots the ball upfield in a game last fall. Junior captain McDonough, a native of Monmouth Beach, N.J, figures to help the Tigers in the midfield and on the back line this season. The Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting Howard on August 28 in the first game under new head coach Sean Driscoll. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

New Princeton University women’s soccer head coach Sean Driscoll and his staff put out the welcome mat for their players as they arrived on campus last week. more

SCORING MACHINE: Tom Schreiber races upfield in 2014 during his senior season for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team. Schreiber, who holds Princeton records for career goals, assists, and points in a career by a midfielder, finished his second campaign with the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Building on his success at Princeton, Schreiber scored 60 points this summer on 30 goals and 30 assists to help the Machine make the MLL semifinals. He was tied for the league lead in assists and was named as a first-team All-MLL performer at midfield.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

SCORING MACHINE: Tom Schreiber races upfield in 2014 during his senior season for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team. Schreiber, who holds Princeton records for career goals, assists, and points in a career by a midfielder, finished his second campaign with the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Building on his success at Princeton, Schreiber scored 60 points this summer on 30 goals and 30 assists to help the Machine make the MLL semifinals. He was tied for the league lead in assists and was named as a first-team All-MLL performer at midfield. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tom Schreiber was thrown into the fire when he joined the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) in the spring of 2014 shortly after wrapping up his record-breaking career with the Princeton University men’s program.  more

GOLDEN MOMENT: Katie Reinprecht looks for an opening in action for the U.S. women’s national field hockey team. Last month, former Princeton field hockey standout Reinprecht ’13 helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Midfielder Reinprecht scored a goal in the team’s 2-1 win over Argentina in the final. The goal came on an assist from Reinprecht’s younger sister, Julia, a star defender for the U.S. and a former Tiger standout herself.(Photo Courtesy of USA Field Hockey/Yuchen Nie)

GOLDEN MOMENT: Katie Reinprecht looks for an opening in action for the U.S. women’s national field hockey team. Last month, former Princeton field hockey standout Reinprecht ’13 helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Midfielder Reinprecht scored a goal in the team’s 2-1 win over Argentina in the final. The goal came on an assist from Reinprecht’s younger sister, Julia, a star defender for the U.S. and a former Tiger standout herself. (Photo Courtesy of USA Field Hockey/Yuchen Nie)

After the U.S. women’s national field hockey team took fourth at the World Cup last fall, Katie Reinprecht and her teammates on the squad viewed themselves in a new light. more

August 19, 2015
NEW CHAPTER: Peter Callahan competes this spring for the University of New Mexico men’s track team. Callahan, a 2013 Princeton University graduate who had two seasons of eligibility remaining due to being sidelined by injury for long stretches as a Tiger, went out to UNM and starred for the Lobos. He placed fourth in the 1,500 at the NCAA outdoor championships in both 2014 and 2015.(Photo Courtesy of University of New Mexico Athletic Communications)

NEW CHAPTER: Peter Callahan competes this spring for the University of New Mexico men’s track team. Callahan, a 2013 Princeton University graduate who had two seasons of eligibility remaining due to being sidelined by injury for long stretches as a Tiger, went out to UNM and starred for the Lobos. He placed fourth in the 1,500 at the NCAA outdoor championships in both 2014 and 2015. (Photo Courtesy of University of New Mexico Athletic Communications)

 

Despite graduating from Princeton University in 2013, Peter Callahan’s college track career was far from over.

With two seasons of eligibility remaining due to being sidelined by injury for long stretches as a Tiger, middle distance star Callahan was looking to compete in warmer climes. more

LANDMARK VICTORY: Victory Sports basketball director Bryan Caver, second from left, presents the Maselli & Warren Law Firm team with the trophy it earned for winning the Victory Sports Pro-Am League championship in the league’s inaugural season. Maselli & Warren edged CertaPro Painters 67-64 in the title game last Thursday evening at the Hun School gym.

It turned out to be a win-win scenario for the Victory Sports Pro-Am League as the Maselli & Warren Law Firm faced CertaPro Painters in the first-ever championship game of the new hoops league at the Hun School gym last Thursday evening. more

FITTING FINALE: Ted Sobolewski, the manager of rowing programs and girls’ head coach for the Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club (PNRA/Mercer), addresses some of his rowers at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta earlier this month. It was the final competition at PNRA/ Mercer for Sobolewski before he leaves to assume the role of associate head coach for men’s rowing at Northeastern University and his rowers gave him a big send-off. The PNRA/Mercer girls won seven of the nine events they entered. The boys’ rowers added to the gold medal haul for the club, winning two events to record their first-ever victories at the competition.

FITTING FINALE: Ted Sobolewski, the manager of rowing programs and girls’ head coach for the Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club (PNRA/Mercer), addresses some of his rowers at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta earlier this month. It was the final competition at PNRA/ Mercer for Sobolewski before he leaves to assume the role of associate head coach for men’s rowing at Northeastern University and his rowers gave him a big send-off. The PNRA/Mercer girls won seven of the nine events they entered. The boys’ rowers added to the gold medal haul for the club, winning two events to record their first-ever victories at the competition.

As the Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club (PNRA/Mercer) girls rowers headed into the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta earlier this month, they brought some extra emotion across the border. more

CHASING GREATNESS: Donn Cabral heads to victory in the 3000-meter steeplechase in the 2012 NCAA outdoor championships during his senior season with the Princeton University men’s track team. In late June, Cabral set a personal record of 8:13.37 in the steeplechase as he took second at the U.S. outdoor nationals. As a result of that finish, he will be competing for the U.S. at the IAAF World Championships which are taking place in Beijing from August 22-30. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

 

Donn Cabral emerged as a rising star on the international track scene in 2012.

Cabral culminated his legendary Princeton University career by winning the NCAA outdoor championships title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase that June and then two months later he placed eighth in the event at the London Summer Olympics. more

HAPPY ENDING: Sam Pons, middle, rounds the track in the 10,000 at the 2015 NCAA outdoor championships in the final race of his senior season with the Princeton University men’s track team. Pons set a personal record of 29:17.54 in the race, taking ninth to earn second-team All-American honors.(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

 

During his high school track career, Sam Pons learned there was no quick fix when it came to success in running.

“I came to really appreciate it,” said Pons, a standout at South Pasadena (Calif.) High who was the California state champion in the 3,200 in 2010 and also won a state Division III cross country title. more

FLYING HIGH: Boston College receiver David Dudeck eludes a Penn State defender in action last December in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Dudeck, a former baseball and football star at the Hun School, made a 21-yard touchdown reception in overtime in the game as Boston College lost 31-30. Dudeck is currently in preseason camp for his senior campaign with the Eagles.(Photo Courtesy of Boston College Athletic Communications)

(Photo Courtesy of Boston College Athletic Communications)

 

David Dudeck starred in baseball at the Hun School but he made it to Yankee Stadium last year as a member of the Boston College (BC) football team. more

August 12, 2015
ON POINT: Sean Driscoll makes a point to his players on the Fairfield University women’s soccer team during his tenure as associate head coach of the program. Next week, Driscoll will be starting preseason training in his first season as head coach of the Princeton University women’s soccer squad. Driscoll is the successor to Julie Shackford, who stepped down last fall after 20 seasons at the helm of the program.(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

ON POINT: Sean Driscoll makes a point to his players on the Fairfield University women’s soccer team during his tenure as associate head coach of the program. Next week, Driscoll will be starting preseason training in his first season as head coach of the Princeton University women’s soccer squad. Driscoll is the successor to Julie Shackford, who stepped down last fall after 20 seasons at the helm of the program. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Sean Driscoll first laid eyes on the Princeton University campus in 2004 when he was in town coaching a premier soccer team and the visit made quite an impression on him.

“I stood at the steps of Blair Arch and said this would be the dream job,” recalled Driscoll. “We walked around the top of the campus, we didn’t even go down to the soccer field. I was dumbfounded by it all.” more

BEARING DOWN: Emma Quigley goes after the ball in action last fall during her freshman season for the Brown University field hockey team. Former Princeton Day School star Quigley made 12 appearances and scored a goal in her debut campaign for the Bears. Next week, she starts preseason practice for her sophomore season.(Photo Courtesy of Brown’s Office of Athletic Communications)

BEARING DOWN: Emma Quigley goes after the ball in action last fall during her freshman season for the Brown University field hockey team. Former Princeton Day School star Quigley made 12 appearances and scored a goal in her debut campaign for the Bears. Next week, she starts preseason practice for her sophomore season. (Photo Courtesy of Brown’s Office of Athletic Communications)

When Emma Quigley began the recruiting process for college field hockey, one school jumped to the top of her list.

“I started sophomore year, looking at and researching schools,” said Quigley, a former Princeton Day School standout who recorded 44 goals and 20 assists in her career with the Panthers, earning All-Prep and All-County honors.

“I loved Brown from the start. I thought it was a bit of a reach academically because it is such a great school. I e-mailed the coach as a sophomore. My dad went to grad school there. I loved the campus.”

With some support from PDS head coach Tracey Arndt, Quigley ended up finding a spot at Brown.

“Jill (Brown head coach Jill Reeve) knew Tracey from Penn State and the U.S. national team,” said Quigley. “She was amazing helping me, sending Jill e-mails.”

Last fall, Quigley enjoyed a solid freshman campaign for the Bears, appearing in 12 games at forward and scoring a goal.

Next week, Quigley will start her second preseason camp, steeled by what she learned last summer.

“It was hard, any college freshman is nervous going in and playing a sport is even more pressure,” said Quigley. more

HEADING WEST: Julia DiTosto patrols the midfield in a game last fall during her senior season with the Princeton High field hockey team. Star midfielder DiTosto, an All-State and All-County standout for PHS, is currently hitting the field for the Stanford University field hockey team as she starts preseason practices for her freshman campaign.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

HEADING WEST: Julia DiTosto patrols the midfield in a game last fall during her senior season with the Princeton High field hockey team. Star midfielder DiTosto, an All-State and All-County standout for PHS, is currently hitting the field for the Stanford University field hockey team as she starts preseason practices for her freshman campaign. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having played field hockey, ice hockey, and softball through middle school, Julia DiTosto narrowed her athletic focus when she entered Princeton High in 2011.

“I didn’t really take field hockey seriously until my freshman year of high school,” said DiTosto.

“I joined a club team and it really became a part of my life. I ended up spending every weekend playing. I joined the Impact club out of Drew University and was there as a freshman and a sophomore. In the fall of my junior year, I switched to the Princeton club.

DiTosto, a skilled 5’5 midfielder who impacts the game at both ends of the field, ended up becoming one of the top players in the area, earning All-County and All-State honors. She was named as the 2014 CVC Player of the Year and was also selected as the Midfielder of the Year.

This week, DiTosto is hitting the field for the Stanford University field hockey team as she starts preseason practices for her freshman campaign with the Cardinals.

Although DiTosto was initially leaning toward staying home, going to Princeton University and joining its field hockey program, she ultimately decided to head west for college. more

WILLPOWER: Nassau Swim Club Lemmings standout Will Kinney displays his breaststroke form. Kinney, who also stars for the Princeton High boys’ swim team, came up big for the Lemmings at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. He won the boys’ 18-and-under division 50 freestyle and finished second in both the 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke as Nassau placed second of five teams in the Division 2 standings at the meet.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

WILLPOWER: Nassau Swim Club Lemmings standout Will Kinney displays his breaststroke form. Kinney, who also stars for the Princeton High boys’ swim team, came up big for the Lemmings at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. He won the boys’ 18-and-under division 50 freestyle and finished second in both the 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke as Nassau placed second of five teams in the Division 2 standings at the meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Nassau Swim Club, a blend of quantity and quality helped it enjoy a big performance at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet.

“We did really well,” said Nassau head coach Morgan Sawin, whose team took second out of five teams in the Division 2 standings at the PASDA meet. more

August 5, 2015
NO BACKING DOWN: Nassau Swim Club’s Sophia Burton is poised to start a backstroke race in a meet this summer in Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) action. Last week, Burton won the girls’ 10-and-under 25-meter backstroke and took second in the 100 individual medley at the PASDA championship meet to help the Lemmings place second among Division 2 teams at the competition, which was held at West Windsor Community Park.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

NO BACKING DOWN: Nassau Swim Club’s Sophia Burton is poised to start a backstroke race in a meet this summer in Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) action. Last week, Burton won the girls’ 10-and-under 25-meter backstroke and took second in the 100 individual medley at the PASDA championship meet to help the Lemmings place second among Division 2 teams at the competition, which was held at West Windsor Community Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Buoyed by a number of superb efforts from its younger swimmers, the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings proved to be a force in Division 2 at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet last week.

The Lemmings scored 1,690 points to take second of five teams in the division, trailing only the Ben Franklin Swim Team, which piled up 2,987.50 to place first.

In the girls’ 6-and-under division, Juliet Wei and Lexi Hoffman came up big for the Lemmings. Wei placed first in the 25-meter freestyle and 25 backstroke while Hoffman placed second in the 25 free and third in the 25 back.

Maggie Hoffman placed third in the 25 free and Charlotte Scaturo took fourth in the 25 breaststroke in the girls’ 8-and-under division. Nassau picked up big points in the age group in the relays, taking first in the 100 free relay and third in the 100 medley relay.

The Lemmings boasted a slew of standouts in the girls’ 10-and-under group. Sophia Burton won the 25 back and took second in the 100 individual medley while Kimi Wei won the 100 IM and placed third in the 25 fly. Emma Hopkins was second in the 25 free, Helen Amon was fourth in the 25 breast, and Nina Urcioli finished fourth in both the 25 free and 25 fly. Not surprisingly, Nassau won both the 100 free and medley relays in the age division. more

WORLD VIEW: Princeton University men’s basketball star Hans Brase poses in the uniform of the German second national team, for whom he has played the last two summers. Last month, rising senior forward Brase helped Germany earn a silver medal at the World University Games in Gwangju City, South Korea. It was Germany’s highest-ever finish at the competition. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

WORLD VIEW: Princeton University men’s basketball star Hans Brase poses in the uniform of the German second national team, for whom he has played the last two summers. Last month, rising senior forward Brase helped Germany earn a silver medal at the World University Games in Gwangju City, South Korea. It was Germany’s highest-ever finish at the competition.
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Although Hans Brase was back for a second summer with the German second national team, he didn’t encounter a lot of familiar faces as the squad began training this June for the World University Games.

Arriving in Heidelberg for the training camp, Brase, a rising senior forward on the Princeton University men’s basketball team, quickly realized he was one of the few holdovers. more

TUDER ERA: Community Park Bluefish swimmer Susannah Tuder displays her breaststroke form in a meet this summer. Last week, Tuder took first in the girls’ 12-and-under 50 breast and third in the 100 individual medley at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. The Bluefish finished first among Division I teams at the competition, which was held at West Windsor Community Park .(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

TUDER ERA: Community Park Bluefish swimmer Susannah Tuder displays her breaststroke form in a meet this summer. Last week, Tuder took first in the girls’ 12-and-under 50 breast and third in the 100 individual medley at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. The Bluefish finished first among Division I teams at the competition, which was held at West Windsor Community Park . (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While Mike Uchrin was excited to to take the helm of the Community Park Bluefish swim team this summer after serving as an assistant coach in the program for the last four years, he felt some pressure in making the move.

“It was daunting at first, I know how deep the Bluefish roots are in the community and how many talented swimmers have been in the program over the years,” said Uchrin, reflecting on becoming the program’s head coach. “It was a big responsibility.” more