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Shea Rowing Center glows brilliantly at midnight along Lake Carnegie. 
Justin Cai / The Daily Princetonian

The COVID-19 pandemic meant that most sports teams have not competed in the past year. On April 24, rowing became the first sport to compete since campus closed last March. Now, the teams have their eyes set on competing in the national championship. 

The COVID-19 pandemic meant that most sports teams have not competed in the past year. On April 24, rowing became the first sport to compete since campus closed last March. Now, the teams have their eyes set on competing in the national championship.  


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Track and field, softball, crew to compete this weekend

Following the recent advancement to Phase IV, the final stage of the Ivy League’s four-phase plan, Princeton Athletics has released an updated spring competition schedule that includes softball games, track meets, and rowing competitions. This weekend, teams will compete for the first time since the pandemic shuttered Ivy League athletics in March 2020.

Following the recent advancement to Phase IV, the final stage of the Ivy League’s four-phase plan, Princeton Athletics has released an updated spring competition schedule that includes softball games, track meets, and rowing competitions. This weekend, teams will compete for the first time since the pandemic shuttered Ivy League athletics in March 2020.

SPORTS | April 23

Anna Durak (left) and teammate Macey Mannion (right) on the beach in Virginia. 
Photo courtesy of Anna Durak

‘Creating our competitive identity’: Women’s swimming and diving sets eyes on the fall

Coming off a dominant win at the Ivy League championships in 2020, the Princeton women’s swim and dive team was looking forward to defending their title in 2021. Instead, COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the entire season. Now back on track, the team looks forward to next season to try and remain on top. 

Coming off a dominant win at the Ivy League championships in 2020, the Princeton women’s swim and dive team was looking forward to defending their title in 2021. Instead, COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the entire season. Now back on track, the team looks forward to next season to try and remain on top. 

SPORTS | April 20

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The Tigers celebrate after beating UCLA 43-41 in the 1996 NCAA Tournament. 
Photo courtesy of Ben Hart ’96

Moments in March: Pete Carril led the Tigers to a stunning upset over UCLA

In 1996, Pete Carril — who had served as men’s basketball head coach at Princeton for 29 years — became the only Division I coach to record 500 wins at a university that doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. Unbeknownst to the ’95–’96 team, it was his final season.

In 1996, Pete Carril — who had served as men’s basketball head coach at Princeton for 29 years — became the only Division I coach to record 500 wins at a university that doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. Unbeknownst to the ’95–’96 team, it was his final season.

SPORTS | April 5

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Inside Princeton's fencing teams: The team spirit of an individual sport

“When people think of fencing, they think of Pirates of the Caribbean, waving swords and all that. But the modern version of fencing, the sport that we play, is actually very different,” said Dylan Kim ’21, epeeist on the Princeton men’s fencing team. 

“When people think of fencing, they think of Pirates of the Caribbean, waving swords and all that. But the modern version of fencing, the sport that we play, is actually very different,” said Dylan Kim ’21, epeeist on the Princeton men’s fencing team.

SPORTS | March 28

Bob Scrabis ‘89 (#34) and Kit Mueller ‘91 (#00) orchestrate the offense in Princeton’s 1989 NCAA tournament game against Alonzo Mourning (#33) and the Georgetown Hoyas. Courtesy of GoPrincetonTigers.com.

Moments in March: How Princeton’s 1988-89 men’s basketball team saved March Madness

“After the game, I said, ‘if people are talking about this 10 years from now, that would give me tremendous pride,’” said team captain Bob Scrabis. “Here we are, 32 years since then, and we're still talking about it.”

“After the game, I said, ‘if people are talking about this 10 years from now, that would give me tremendous pride,’” said team captain Bob Scrabis. “Here we are, 32 years since then, and we're still talking about it.”

SPORTS | March 25

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Charlie Volker's journey from Princeton track and football to Team USA bobsledding

During his time at Princeton, Charlie Volker ’19 was an All-Ivy football and track athlete. But after graduation, he left those sports behind in favor of something entirely new: Bobsledding. Daybreak sat down with Volker to talk about his transition to the sport, his training, and his hopes for making it to the Beijing Olympics in 2022. 

During his time at Princeton, Charlie Volker ’19 was an All-Ivy football and track athlete. But after graduation, he left those sports behind in favor of something entirely new: Bobsledding. Daybreak sat down with Volker to talk about his transition to the sport, his training, and his hopes for making it to the Beijing Olympics in 2022. 

PODCAST | March 21

The 1964–65 Princeton Men’s basketball team. 1965 Bric-a-brac / Princeton University, via Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Moments in March: Bill Bradley ’65 led the Tigers to their only Final Four run in school history

The ‘Prince’ spoke with Princeton basketball alumni Don Rodenbach ’66 and Bob Haarlow ’66 on their team’s journey to the Final Four round of the 1965 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament — a team coached by Butch van Breda Kolff ’45 and led by Bill Bradley ’65.

The ‘Prince’ spoke with Princeton basketball alumni Don Rodenbach ’66 and Bob Haarlow ’66 on their team’s journey to the Final Four round of the 1965 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament — a team coached by Butch van Breda Kolff ’45 and led by Bill Bradley ’65.

SPORTS | March 18