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Vol. LXIII, No. 33
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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(Photo Courtesy of USRowing)

TAYLOR MADE: Taylor Washburn is all smiles in his U.S. national team photo taken before he headed to Poland for the 2009 World Rowing Championships. Washburn, a 2008 Princeton University alum who was a team captain and a second-team All-Ivy League performer for the Tiger men’s lightweight crew program, will be rowing in the men’s lightweight four at the world championship regatta.

After Juggling Training and Prep School Teaching, PU Alum Washburn Primed to Compete at Worlds

Bill Alden

Taylor Washburn relished the chance to teach math and coach crew at Phillips Andover over the last school year.

“It was a great experience; it is something I have always wanted to do growing up in that environment,” said Washburn, a Phillips Andover alum who went on to star for the Princeton University men’s lightweight rowing program.

PU Star Coppola Moving to Men’s 4 in Worlds Aiming to Bring Home Another Medal for U.S.

Bill Alden

When it comes to rowing in a men’s eight, Steve Coppola has proven that he can compete with the best in the world.

Last summer, the former Princeton University crew star helped the U.S. men’s eight earn a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympic Games.

But now Coppola is looking to show that he can make an impact in a smaller boat as he rows in the men’s four next week at the 2009 World Rowing Championships at Lake Malta, Poznan, Poland from August 23-30.

PHS Grad Giacalone Bringing Strong Work Ethic in Beginning Football Career at Delaware Valley

Bill Alden

Joe Giacalone felt like a deer in the headlights when he made his debut for the Princeton High football team in 2006.

“It was against Notre Dame under the lights my sophomore year,” recalled Giacalone. “It was scary and I was extremely nervous.”

Giacalone overcame those nerves and developed into a star center for the Little Tigers, anchoring the middle of the PHS offensive line.

Stuart Alum Bruvik Recovers From Knee Injury, Emerges as Standout for Bucknell Field Hockey

Bill Alden

It is tough enough for an athlete to make an impact in a freshman season at the college level but Kelly Bruvik faced an additional hurdle when she started her field hockey career for Bucknell University in 2007.

The former Stuart Country Day School standout suffered a serious injury to her right knee that spring in a lacrosse game and wasn’t close to full speed when she showed up at Bucknell.

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