A total of 12 student-athletes combined to receive one of five individual honors during Thursday night's PVC Senior-Athlete Banquet. Included in that total is five winners for the William Winston Roper Trophy and three for the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award, the top honors given to male and female senior-athletes at Princeton.
The C. Otto von Kienbusch Award is given annually to the top senior sportswoman at Princeton. First awarded to Helena Novakova in 1972, this prestigious list of former winners includes such standouts as Emily Goodfellow (1976), Deborah St. Phard (1987), Amy MacFarlane (1998), Esmeralda Negron (2005) and Alicia Aemisegger (2010).
The three Princeton winners were Alex Banfich, Lauren Edwards and Eileen Moran.
Banfich ran in the NCAA cross country championships all four years, helping Alex Banfich has solidified her name among the upper echelon of Princeton's long tradition of great women's distance runners.
She competed in the NCAA Cross Country Championship all four years and is a two-time All-America in the sport, with finishes of 20th and fifth in the nation. Her fifth-place finish this past championship is the best finish by a Tiger in NCAA history.
In addition she helped the cross country team to its highest finish in the national championship with two fifth-place finishes, as well as a 15th-place finish. Banfich won the 2010 individual Heps championship, was named first-team All-Ivy all four years and earned all-region honors three times.
Her successes continued in the spring, as She competed in two NCAA outdoor championships in the 5,000 and on both occasions earned All-America honors, placing 20th and eighth in the nation. Banfich was the Ivy League runner-up in distance events five teams and holds the Princeton records in both the 5,000 and the 4x1500.
A two-time captain, she has helped Princeton win three Ivy League championships in cross country, two in indoor track and field and two in outdoor track and field, including a triple crown in 2010-11. She is also a two-time academic All-Ivy selection and a four-time national coaches' All-Academic team honoree.
Edwards earned first-team All-Ivy League honors each of her final three seasons and Ivy All-Rookie honors as a freshman. She was part of three consecutive Ivy League Championship teams and helped the Tigers go a perfect 14-0 in Ivy play twice. In 2012, Princeton became the first-ever Ivy women's basketball program to earn a national ranking, when the team was ranked 24th in the final regular season poll, and the Tigers earned the highest seed in Ivy women's history into the NCAA Tournament at No. 9.
A four-year starter, Edwards concluded her Tiger career ranked sixth all-time in points with 1,319. She also finishes her career sixth at Princeton in blocked shots and ninth in three-pointers made.
A three-time Academic All-Ivy selection, Edwards was a 2012 finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, earning All-America second team.
She is the first athlete to win both the Art Lane Award and Von Kienbusch Award.
Moran is one of the most accomplished sprinters in program history. In her career she scored 17 times in Ivy League Heptagonal Championships for an incredible 117 team points - which is more points than some entire team had in the last four indoor seasons.
Moran is a five-time Ivy League champion, winning the 100 twice, the 4x100 twice and the 200. She was runner-up at Heps five times: in the 60, and both the indoor and outdoor 200 and 4x400. She holds five Princeton records including the indoor 60, 300, 4x400, as well as the outdoor 4x100 and 4x200. This year's track captain, Moran also boasts four additional top-five times in Princeton program history.
The William Winston Roper Trophy is the highest male student-athlete award at Princeton. The award was originally given by Mrs. William Winston Roper and the Class of 1902 in honor of Princeton's famed football coach. It goes annually to "a Princeton senior male of high scholastic rank and outstanding qualities of sportsmanship and general proficiency in athletics." It has been awarded annually since 1936. Past winners include such Princeton greats as Homer Smith (1954), Bill Bradley (1965), Dean Cain (1988), Scott Bacigalupo (1994) and Yasser El Halaby (2006).
The 2012 recipients are Donn Cabral, Tyler Fiorito, Alexander Mills and Chad Wiedmaier.
Cabral is arguably the best distance runner in Princeton history. He has competed in seven NCAA Championships, five in track and field and two in cross country, and is a six-time All-America, earning honors four times in track and field and twice in cross country. He has already been the NCAA runner-up twice in the steeplechase, and he is one of the favorites for this year's NCAA Championship in Des Moines. He has been named the Heps Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet and was the 2010 individual Heps champion in cross country.
In cross country, he is a three-time first-team All-Ivy League and three-time all-region selection. This past fall he was named the Regional Athlete of the Year.
Cabral has won the prestigious Penn Relays an incredible three times, anchoring both the 4xmile and the Distance Medley Relay this year and the 4xmile last year. In all, he is a nine-time Ivy League track & field champion, a four-time runner up and a 14-time scorer. He holds the Ivy League and school records in both the indoor 5,000 and the steeplechase, and the school record in the outdoor 5,000.
A three-time captain, Cabral has also helped Princeton to back-to back triple crowns and has been part of eight Ivy League team titles in his career.
Fiorito is a three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection and a four-time All-America as the goalie for the men's lacrosse team. He began his career as a second-team all-ivy league pick freshman year, and he was a first-team selection each of the last three years, including unanimous selections as a junior and senior.
He finished his career with 624 saves, second-best all-time at Princeton, and was in the top 10 nationally in both save percentage and goals against average as a sophomore, including fourth in goals against and fifth in save percentage this past season. He was MVP the 2010 Ivy League Tournament and the 2012 unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year, and he finished his Princeton career with an amazing 12-save, six-goals-against performance in the NCAA Tournament against Virginia.
Mills finished his career as the only foilist in program history to earn four first-team All-Ivy League honors. Across all three weapons, he is only the fifth Princeton fencer to win four first-team All-Ivy League honors and only the 18th fencer in Ivy League history to do so. Mills won the inaugural Most Outstanding Performer honor at the Ivy League round robin in 2011.
On the national level, he is the only foilist in Princeton history to earn four All-America honors and just the third Tiger fencer across any weapon to do so. His finish increased every year at the NCAA championship meet, going from 12th as a freshman to 11th as a sophomore, then eighth as a junior and finally a spot in the medal round as a senior, when he finished third.
Mills helped lead Princeton during its most successful era under the current men's/women's combined format that began in 1990. Princeton's finish increased in each season during Mills's career, from eighth as a freshman to sixth as a sophomore, fourth as a junior and second as a senior.
Wiedmaier is a four-time first-team All-Ivy League selection, making him the first Princeton player and second player in league history to be so honored.
Wiedmaier's legacy at Princeton is as one of the all-time great cover defensemen and off-ball takeaway defensemen the program has ever known. Led by Wiedmaier and fellow roper trophy winner Tyler Fiorito, Princeton ranked in the top eight in Division I in scoring defense three times in the last four years, including fifth this past year. Wiedmaier was also a four-time All-America, with one third-team selection, two second-team selections, and, this past season, a first-team All-America selection.
A Lowe's Senior CLASS Award first-team pick, he is also the first Princeton athlete to win both the Art Lane Award for service and the Roper Trophy.
The Art Lane Award is given to honor selfless contribution to sport and society by an undergraduate. Art Lane, the very embodiment of the award that now bears his name, won the Pyne Prize and captained the 1933 Princeton football team to the national championship as an undergraduate before going on to a career as a Naval officer, a federal judge and a corporate general counsel.
The four winners from the Class of 2012 are Hilary Bartlett, Allison Behringer, Hannah Cody, Lauren Edwards, Manny Sardinha and Chad Wiedmaier.
Bartlett, in addition to being a first-team All-Ivy League tennis player in each of her four years as well as an Ivy League Player of the Year winner, spent each of her three summers working on international causes.
After her freshman year, Bartlett traveled to Thailand as a fieldwork intern for the Conservation Project, assessing environmental damage on sea life and threatened coral reefs. She also helped educate Thai children at the Bang Kanoon School on the marine environment. After her sophomore season, Bartlett worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, managing written correspondence with heads of state and government officials in preparation for council meetings. This past summer, Bartlett was in India, working at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy as a research assistant for a visiting Princeton professor.
Behringer, a member of the field hockey team, spent the summer after her sophomore year traveling to India and working in an orphanage, teaching field hockey to the children there. Last summer, she went to South Africa as an intern for the Global Literacy Project, and after graduation, she will be in Thailand with the Princeton in Asia program.
Her coach, Kristen Holmes-Winn, calls her a "warm, engaging and compassionate young woman who throws herself at life in a way that inspires and motivates."
Cody was in charge of the Matt Weiner Project on the swim team, formed in honor of Matt and with a mission to promote volunteering and generosity by Princeton swimmers and divers throughout the Princeton community. Cody also led the varsity swim team through Teams and Toys for the past two holiday seasons.
She has been a part of Special Olympics Swimming for all four years at Princeton and served as the coordinator for the organization her junior and senior years. Special Olympics has a learn-to-swim program that offers free lessons to the special needs community of the Princeton area in conjunction with the Mercer County Special Olympics and the Princeton Student Volunteers Council.
Spring break of her sophomore year, she participated in an "alternative spring break trip" that was in conjunction with the Student Volunteers Council and the Pace Center at Princeton. During the trip she volunteered doing art therapy for special needs students at the Stephen Knolls School in Washington, D.C. This past summer Cody had an internship in Affordable Housing in Atlanta, where she worked on applications for government funded housing programs.
A three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection Edwards of the women's basketball team is dedicated to community service. She spent the summer before her junior year in Cambodia where she taught English in the Kampong Tralach Village. She also helped to build a self-sustainable English/hospitality school.
Edwards also was involved in a beach cleanup with her employer, Barclays, this past summer. In addition she writes pen pal letters during basketball season.
Edwards and the rest of the Princeton team spent five days prior to the start of school in Senegal, Africa, where they held a basketball clinic for local youth and visited an orphanage.
Sardinha, a member of the men's soccer team who also joined the men's volleyball team during his Princeton career, worked with the Trenton Tots program, spending time with local kids during his freshman year, and later spent two summers as a counselor at a Ronald McDonald House camp in Los Angeles. He also served as the soccer team's Student-Athlete Wellness Leader, receiving training on helping others work through a variety of personal issues.
Sardinha integrated his academic pursuits with his service, writing his junior paper on Ataxia-Telangiectasia while also earning a Princeton Varsity Club Service Circle grant to put on a fundraiser for the illness. Sardinha was recognized with the David S. Hackett Memorial Cup, a men's soccer team award that is given to honor enthusiasm, discipline and leadership while contributing to soccer at Princeton.
Princeton's first four-time first-team All-Ivy League men's lacrosse selection, Wiedmaier took a lead role with the organization "Fields of Growth," which has used the sport of lacrosse to promote educational and economic ventures in Uganda. Wiedmaier traveled to Uganda for a month last summer, where he coached lacrosse, worked with the local children and helped build schools, houses and even a self-sustaining business venture called "The Princeton Project." Chad also worked to build a new village and ease the transformation of people who had been displaced from their centuries-old homes in the rain forest.
Next week, Wiedmaier will be with the entire Princeton lacrosse team as "Fields of Growth" expands its service projects to Costa Rica.
The Class of 1916 Cup is given to the senior athlete with the highest academic standing upon graduation. The 2012 recipient is Ravi Yegya-Raman, of the men's tennis team.
Yegya-Raman has been a solid contributor in singles and doubles for the men's tennis team throughout his career while completing the rigorous operations research and financial engineering program.