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Vol. LXIII, No. 25
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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POWER STEERING: Princeton University senior coxswain Dave Cleveland, far left, steers the Tiger men’s lightweight first varsity through a recent training session on Lake Carnegie. This spring, Cleveland guided Princeton to an undefeated season with Eastern Sprints and Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) titles along the way. Next week, Cleveland and the Tigers will look to culminate their spring in smashing fashion as they compete in the famed Henley Royal Regatta near London, England.

Making the Most of His Senior Crew Season, PU Coxswain Cleveland Primed for Henley

Bill Alden

Dave Cleveland enjoyed an early run of success in his career as a crew coxswain.

Getting into the sport as a freshman at the Tabor Academy (Mass.), Cleveland culminated his high school career by coxing a four for the U.S. at the Junior World Rowing Championships.

The Devon, Pa. native joined the Princeton University men’s lightweight program in 2005 and helped guide the freshman eight to the Eastern Sprints title.

But Cleveland ran into some rough water after that as he found himself stuck behind first varsity cox Sarah Sherman the next two years.

PU’s Cummings Continues Amazing Rise, Reaching All-American Status in 10,000m

Bill Alden

By the time Sarah Cummings had reached her teenage years, flying into an axel jump on the ice was second nature.

Having been a figure skater since age five, Cummings figured that any athletic success she would have during her time at Corona del Mar High in Newport Beach, Calif. would come on the ice.

But in the summer of 2003, Cummings’ rise up the figure skating ladder hit a snag.

PDS Tennis’ Karandikar, Hun Lax Star Godfrey Get Nod as Town Topics’ Top Spring Performers

Bill Alden

Princeton Day School boys’ tennis player Neil Karandikar carried the weight of responsibility on his shoulders as he came into this spring.

After having played second singles in his first two seasons with the Panthers, Karandikar moved up to first singles this year, following in the considerable footsteps of the graduated Dave Holland, one of the best players in program history.

With Holland having won four straight state Prep B individual titles and three consecutive Mercer County Tournament crowns, Karandikar felt pressure to continue those streaks.

Moreover, with PDS featuring a younger team, the soft-spoken Karandikar knew he had to become more of a vocal team leader.

Displaying Perseverance and Clutch Play, Crimson Tide Wins PGSA Majors Title

Bill Alden

It didn’t take long for the Alabama Crimson Tide to get rolling in the Princeton Girls Softball Association (PGSA) majors division championship game.

Playing at Community Park on June 13, the Tide jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the UCLA Bruins after two innings.

But then the skies opened up as a thunderstorm followed by a persistent downpour put the game on hold.

Lacrosse Community Sticking Together; Holding June 27 Event for Ailing Sanderson

Bill Alden

Chris Sanderson has given a lot to the game of lacrosse.

A native of Orangeville, Ontario, Sanderson came stateside in the late 1990s and starred as a goalie for the University of Virginia men’s lacrosse team.

He helped the Cavaliers make two NCAA Final Fours and then played three times for Canada in three World Championship tournaments.

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