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Vol. LXII, No. 26
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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BREATHTAKING: Princeton University swimming superstar Alicia Aemisegger takes a deep breath as she readies herself for a race earlier in her Princeton career. Next week, Aemisegger, a rising PU junior, will be competing in the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb. Aemisegger, who currently holds the Princeton school record in seven events, plans to compete in the 200 and 400 individual medley events at the trials as she looks to punch her ticket for the Beijing Summer Olympics in August.

Princeton Swimming Superstar Aemisegger Primed for Big Effort at U.S. Olympic Trials

Bill Alden

Last summer, Princeton University swimming superstar Alicia Aemisegger learned some valuable lessons as she went to Asia and competed in the World University Games.

“It was an awesome experience; we went to Singapore and Thailand,” said Aemisegger, a rising Princeton junior who placed fourth in both the 200 and 400 individual medley championship finals.

Ferrell Feeding on Home-Field Advantage as She Looks Ahead to Olympic Track Trials

Bill Alden

The college town of Eugene, Oregon has often been called the track capital of the United States.

As the home of the University of Oregon, which has produced such legendary runners as Steve Prefontaine, Alberto Salazar, and Mary Decker Slaney together with trendsetting coaches Bill Dellinger and Bill Bowerman, track is a religion in the area.

Former Princeton High Standout Moni Flies High on PU Men’s Lax Europe Trip

Bill Alden

Former Princeton High boys’ lacrosse standout Tyler Moni came across town to continue his career as he joined the Princeton University men’s lax program this past fall.

While becoming a member of the PU team was the culmination of a dream for Moni, the midfielder struggled to adjust to the college game.

The 5’11, 180-pound Moni got into only one game this past spring, scooping up a ground ball in a brief appearance against Harvard in mid-April.

It turned out that Moni had to go across the Atlantic Ocean to develop a comfort level as he starred on Princeton’s recent trip to Spain and Ireland.

After Record-Breaking Career for PDS Football, Shimkin Primed for Sunshine Classic, Dickinson

Bill Alden

Mike Shimkin ended his Princeton Day School football career as the program’s all-time leading rusher but he doesn’t see that as a big deal.

“That is not really important; it’s nice that we won the game when I broke it,” said Shimkin, referring to PDS’ 34-12 win at Red Lion Christian (Del.) last October during which he ran for 144 yards to give him 2,583 in his career.

With Maturing Holman Leading the Way, PYS Emerging as Summer Hoops Threat

Bill Alden

Youth has not served the Princeton High boys’ basketball team well as it has competed in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League over the last few years.

The squad, which has played as the Princeton Youth Sports (PYS) entry in the league, has lost most of its games on the Community Park courts in the contests of boys against men.

But last Friday, the team’s young legs and its aggressive play paid dividends when PYS faced an undermanned squad.

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