Princeton Announces Major Award Winners During Annual PVC Senior Banquet
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The 2013 recipients of the William Winston Roper Trophy (top male student-athlete), the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award (top female student-athlete), the Art Lane Award (selfless contributions to sport and society) and the Class of 1916 Cup (top senior GPA) were announced Thursday night at the 2013 Princeton Varsity Club Senior Banquet.
William Winston Roper Trophy
Peter Callahan’s astonishing kick as the anchor of the distance medley relay helped win Princeton it’s first national title on the indoor track since 1979. After finishing sixth in the mile at the 2012 NCAA indoor championships, Callahan suffered an injury that sidelined him for the outdoor season, cross country season and much of the indoor season. He made a splash upon his return, being named the Ivy League Track Performer of the Meet at this year’s indoor Heps. A week later he helped the DMR run the fastest time in program history and second-best time in the country to qualify for the national championship.
A sub-4-minute-miler, Callhan is a seven-time Ivy League champion and three-time runner-up. A two-time first-team All-America, Callahan has helped the Tigers to nine Ivy League team titles, including two triple crowns.
A history major from Evanton, Ill, Peter Callahan.
Mike Catapano became Princeton’s first Bushnell Cup winner since 2006 when he was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year following the 2012 season. He earned unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League first team, and he ended his career as a three-time All-Ivy honoree. He led the Ivy League with 12 sacks and ended the regular season ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision with 1.2 sacks per game.
Catapano became Princeton’s first NFL draft pick since 2001 when the Kansas City Chiefs picked him with the first pick of the seventh round. He will try to do for the Chiefs what he did for Princeton last season, when he led the Tigers to their biggest single-season turnaround in more than two decades.
Todd Harrity became the first American in more than two decades to win the national individual squash championship, and he reached three finals in his four years. He was a four-time All-America, a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year and the 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Harrity, however, will be remembered as much for Princeton's three team titles during his last two seasons, including both the 2012 and 2013 Ivy League titles. His biggest win, though, may have been at the No. 1 spot during Princeton's 5-4 comeback win over 13-time champion Trinity to earn the Tigers a thrilling 2012 national team championship.
Ian Hummer came to Princeton following a substantial family legacy within the Princeton basketball program. His father played on the 1965 Final Four team, and his uncle was one of Pete Carril’s first players before going on to a career in the NBA. Even with a surname so recognizable to followers of the Princeton men’s basketball program, Ian Hummer more than lived up to the high precedent set by his elders.
Hummer finished his Princeton career with 1,625 points, the second-most in program history, behind only his father’s teammate Bill Bradley, and was honored as the Ivy League Player of the Year, a first for a Princeton player since his assistant coach, Brian Earl, in 1999. But Ian Hummer was more than a scorer. This past season, his third straight All-Ivy League campaign, the sociology major from Vienna, Virginia, led the team in rebounding, assists and blocks, as well as points, becoming the first Princeton player to do so since Kit Mueller in 1991.
A two-year captain for the men’s soccer team, Mark Linnville became just the seventh soccer player in Ivy League history to be named first-team All-Ivy League all four years. Linnville helped Princeton to an undefeated Ivy League season in 2010 and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010.He has started in every game since he arrived at Princeton, a total of 69 games.
The center back capped his career with 21 points on four goals and 13 assists, thanks to his incredible throw-in. His 13 assists ranks 12th in program history. In January, Linnville was taken by the Philadelphia Union in the MLS Supplemental Draft.
A religion major from Boone, N.C., Mark Linnville.
No player in the history of Ivy League men’s tennis had been named the league’s Player of the Year three times, until this year. Riding an Ivy League singles winning streak from the final match of his freshman year right through the end of this season, Matija Pecotic had his best year as a senior, a season that didn’t conclude until just a few days ago at the NCAA singles championship.
Pecotic’s best year was his senior campaign. In the fall season, he had a 26-2 singles record, including a record of 13-1 against fellow players ranked in the ITA’s top 75. The politics major from Sliema, Malta began the spring season with the No. 2 national ranking and stayed in the top 10 through the end of the dual-meet season, winning his last nine singles matches heading into the NCAA individual tournament.
When Jonathan Yergler won the NCAA epee championship a year ago, he was the first Tiger fencer to win an NCAA title since Soren Thompson in 2001. Also a three-time All-Ivy League honoree, he helped the fencing program finish second last year, in what was at the time the highest combined men’s and women’s finish in program history.
Then, Yergler and his teammates bettered that this year. In winning his second NCAA silver medal in epee to go along with the gold a year ago, the psychology major from Winter Park, Fla., helped the program win its first title in the combined era. He won his fourth All-America honor, becoming the first Princeton men’s epeeist since Thompson in 2005 and just the fourth Princeton men’s fencer in program history to be a four-time All-America.
C. Otto von Kienbusch Award
Greta Feldman made an impression on the collegiate track community last spring when she qualified for the finals of the NCAA championship 1500. Her time of 4:12.73 in the semifinals qualified her not only for the NCAA finals, but also for the US Olympic Trials. She was one of just four collegians to advance to the semifinals of the Olympic trials and ran a PR of 4:12.29, her fifth consecutive race under 4:15.
A first-team All-America for her fifth-place finish in the 1500 last year, Feldman also qualified for the NCAA cross country championships this fall. Captain of both the cross country and track & field teams, Feldman has helped Princeton to five Ivy League titles including the triple crown in 2010-11. She is a nine-time Ivy League champion, four-time runner-up and has won 12 total career All-Ivy League honors across all three seasons.
An anthropology major from Haddonfield, N.J., Greta Feldman
A season unlike almost any other in Princeton women’s soccer history was recognized like almost no other. Only once in program history has a player scored more goals than the 18 that Jen Hoy had this past season, leading the team to an unbeaten, untied season in Ivy League play for the first time in eight years. Her final goal came in the first NCAA tournament road victory in program history, helping the program to the NCAA second round for the first time since 2004.
In honor of such an outstanding season, Hoy was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, Princeton’s first since 2007, and earned NSCAA second-team All-America honors, a first for a Princeton player in eight years. A three-time All-Ivy League honoree, Hoy finished her Princeton career with 36 goals, the fourth-most in program history, and 83 points, also the fourth-most in program history. Her breakout campaign helped lead the economics major from Sellersville, Pennsylvania to an invitation to join the U.S. under-23 national team as well as a draft selection by the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League.
One of the best women to ever play Ivy League basketball, Niveen Rasheed guided the Princeton to national prominence over her career. After being named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, she suffered an ACL injury and missed the entire 2011 Ivy season. Without missing a beat, she returned to the court in dominating fashion and earned unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year honors over the last two seasons.
A four-time All-America, Rasheed is the program’s first AP All-America and only third in Ivy history. She concludes her career with 1,617 points for fourth-best in program history. A three-time first-team All-Ivy selection, she was a key part in the Tigers becoming the first-ever Ivy women’s basketball team to be nationally ranked at No. 24 in the final AP Top 25 Poll of 2012. The politics major from Danville, California was named to five national watch lists as a junior and senior, ranking among the top 30 players in the nation.
Eliza Stone was part of a number of outstanding firsts for the Princeton fencing program this season, none bigger than when she helped the program win its first NCAA combined men’s and women’s title, finishing ahead of fellow traditional national contender Notre Dame. At the NCAA Championship, she had a 21-2 record in pool bouts, giving her the No. 1 seed in the elimination bracket. After winning her semifinal match, Stone rallied from a 9-4 deficit to win 15-10 and claim the first NCAA saber championship in women’s program history. That was after she had won the Ivy League Most Outstanding Performer honor, her fourth All-Ivy League recognition in as many years.
Her performance at the NCAA Championship gave her the fourth All-America honor of her career, the first time any Princeton women’s saberist has been an All-America in each of her four years. In fact, the politics major from Chicago was one of three All-Americas in her family, as freshman sister Gracie and junior brother Robert also received the honor in the only year all three Stone siblings will fence together at Princeton.
The top field hockey player in the nation, Katie Reinprecht is a fulltime member of the U.S. National Team. A staple with Team USA over the last three years, she was not only one of 16 players named to the 2012 London Summer Olympics roster, but was a starter competing against the world’s elite. After taking off the 2011-12 year to compete with the U.S., she returned to Princeton to help guide the program to the Ivy League’s first-ever NCAA national championship to conclude her career.
The 2012 winner of the Honda Award, given to the top player in the country, Reinprecht also was named the NFHCA Player of the Year and Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year. She is a three-time Ivy League Player of the Year and a four-time first-team All-Ivy selection. Reinprecht was tabbed a four-time All-America and first-team All-Region. A sociology major from North Wales, Pennsylvania, Reinprecht tallied 50 assists over her career, second-best in program history, and was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team twice.
Heidi Robbins earned All-America and Academic All-America honors as a junior, and is a strong candidate to earn more national honors this season. She was one of three underclassmen in Princeton's 2011 undefeated NCAA championship varsity eight.
Robbins led Princeton back atop the Ivy League medal podium this year, as the Tigers defeated Yale by more than seven seconds to win the program's 13th Ivy title. In three years in the varsity eight, Robbins has gone 20-1 against Ivy teams and has won two Ivy League titles. Princeton will compete for the NCAA Championship May 31-June 2.
The most prolific scorer in Ivy League history, Kathleen Sharkey concludes her career with 107 goals and a league-best 245 points. A two-time Ivy Player of the Year and the 2008 Rookie of the Year, Sharkey is a four-time first-team All-Ivy and NFCHA All-Region selection. A four-time All-America, she helped guide Princeton to four Ivy titles and berths into the NCAA tournament, including a pair of Final Four appearances.
A member of the U.S. National Team, Sharkey took a leave during the 2011-12 academic year to compete fulltime for Team USA. Upon her return, the two-time national leader in scoring captained the Tiger offense with an unprecedented 38 goals en route to Princeton winning its first NCAA national championship and being named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team to cap off a historic career.
A sociology major from Moosic, Pennsylvania.
Art Lane Award
Ben Foulon nomination information:
Ben’s passion for the environment and sustainability has been displayed through his volunteer and academic pursuits at Princeton. He has served as an ECO REP on campus since his sophomore year. ECO REPs promote campus recycling, reduce the amount of waste generated and contamination of recyclables, and increase sustainability through research, education, and providing the campus community with the tools necessary to implement greener practices. He was awarded research funds from the Peter B. Lewis Fund for Student Innovation in Energy and the Environment and used the funding for his summer 2012 project to research metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs) for energy and gas storage applications. He is a member of the Arnold Group at Princeton and focuses his research on energy storage, including focusing on how to advance technologies that support renewable energy sources, such and wind and solar power. He has also served as the Science in Society Editor-in-Chief, as a Peer Advisor in Whitman College and as an American Foreign Policy staff writer.
Kathy Qu nomination information:
Kathy’s commitment to education, and to supporting women has been a true source of inspiration. She spent the summer after her sophomore year in Greece, working with College Year in Athens. She spent the summer following her junior year working for the X-Mester Early College Program in Indiana, which is an intensive academic program designed for low-income students. Between teaching classes, she developed her own college-level curriculum for her students, led instruction in the sports of soccer and swimming and even created weekend competitions for the students. On campus, she has been a leader of the Collegians for the Cure 5k, which raises funds and awareness for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a participant in Weapons of Mass Construction, a large-scale service project organized by the Princeton Varsity Club, and worked with the Community-Based Learning Initiative to interview teachers at the Foundation Academy in Trenton to analyze their work environment and provide suggestions on how they might improve poor teacher retention. To date, five of her six recommendations have been implemented by the school. Next year, she’ll be continuing her passion for education as a Project 55 Fellow working with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.
Class of 1916 Cup
Rory Loughran served as the captain of the men's swimming and diving team, and was a leading force as the program won its fifth straight Ivy League Championship this past season. As a sophomore, he won the award for the Most Improved Swimmer, and as a senior, he won the Matthew R. Weiner Class of 2002, C. Rob Orr Award, for the qualities shared by Matt and Rob, of inspirational dedication with integrity, a challenging intensity and a genuine respect for himself, his teammates, and his university.
Rory is graduating with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and a certificate from the Woodrow Wilson School. As a junior, Rory was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering society. During his senior year, Rory was inducted into Sigma Xi, a worldwide society for scientific research and into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest national honorary scholastic society.