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Vol. LXIII, No. 22
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
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FAMILY TIES: Princeton University men’s lightweight rowing senior star Justin Teti, second from left, powers through a recent training session on Lake Carnegie. This weekend, Teti, the nephew of former Princeton crew coach Mike Teti and former Tiger rowing star Paul Teti, heads to Sacramento, Calif. to compete in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) regatta. The Tigers enter the national championship regatta undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the country.

With Senior Star Teti Doing Family Name Proud, No.1 PU Men’s Lightweight Crew Primed for IRAs

Bill Alden

The Teti name is synonymous with success in U.S. rowing circles.

Mike Teti was a three-time Olympian who went on to coach the U.S. men’s eight to the Olympic gold medal in 2004. He was a longtime coach of the Princeton University men’s heavyweight freshmen crew and is currently guiding the men’s crew program at the University of California.

Teti’s younger brother, Paul, was a rowing star at Princeton University who competed for the U. S. in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympics.

Their nephew, Justin Teti, initially saw his chance for athletic success coming on the ice rather than in the water.

Experiencing Rollercoaster PU Crew Career, Davis Aims to End on High Note at IRA Regatta

Bill Alden

Madeline Davis has traveled a rollercoaster ride in her career with the Princeton University women’s lightweight program.

As a freshman, Davis moved quickly up the ranks, going from the freshman eight to the second varsity and ending the season rowing for the top boat in the championship regattas.

The next year, Davis was demoted to the second varsity and spent the season honing her skills.

PU Women’s Open Crew 6th at NCAA Regatta, Taking a Step Forward but Hungry for More

Bill Alden

As the Princeton University women’s open first varsity boat prepared last week for the NCAA women’s rowing championship regatta, it finally gained a sense of continuity.

“We have had a lot of ups and downs this season with injuries,” said Princeton head coach Lori Dauphiny.

“In the time between the Eastern Sprints and the nationals, it was the first time we had the same lineup for two straight weeks. I think there was excitement; the first boat really started to come together. They found their groove.”

In their opening heat last Thursday on Cooper River near Camden, the Tigers were in rhythm as they took second to advance to the semifinals.

PHS Boys’ Golf Weathers Transition Year; Sees Championship Form on the Horizon

Bill Alden

Sheryl Severance didn’t know what to expect from her Princeton High boys’ golf team coming into this spring.

Having lost a stellar group of seniors that helped the program win two straight Group III state titles, Severance knew that she could be in for a rocky year.

With Class of 2009 Focusing on Team Concept, Hun Boys’ Lax Produces Memorable Season

Bill Alden

After producing a 14-1 record this spring, the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team had plenty of worthy candidates for the squad’s MVP award.

Senior attackmen Zach Martin and Harry Blackburn triggered the run-and-gun offense while bruising classmate Brendan Gallagher was a battering ram in the midfield.

On defense, senior Stephen Norman provided spirit and big hits while sophomore goalie Peter Blackburn directed traffic and came up with clutch saves all season long.

But when Hun head coach Bill Quirk did a count of the MVP ballots he passed out to his players, the box marked “No MVP” won in a landslide with 18 of 25 players opting for that choice.

In Quirk’s view, the team’s choice to not single out any player was the final evidence of the one-for-all, all-for-one spirit that made the Raiders special.

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