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Princeton’s Korean-Canadian basketball star only played nine minutes during the team’s Sweet Sixteen run last year. Now, he’s sitting atop the Ivy League in conference play and a TikTok sensation. But... he's still got to do his Economics homework.

Princeton’s Korean-Canadian basketball star only played nine minutes during the team’s Sweet Sixteen run last year. Now, he’s sitting atop the Ivy League in conference play and a TikTok sensation. But... he's still got to do his Economics homework.


Members of the Princeton Running Club smile for a photograph after the 2023 NIRCA Regionals at Lehigh.

From hobby joggers to regular racers, Princeton Running Club offers a home for all

Princeton Running Club offers an inclusive space for a wide range of students. From recreational joggers to competitive long-distance athletes, PRC creates a sense of community through focused group training and relaxed social events.

Princeton Running Club offers an inclusive space for a wide range of students. From recreational joggers to competitive long-distance athletes, PRC creates a sense of community through focused group training and relaxed social events.

SPORTS | December 5

Coach Richard Lopacki holding the alumni game trophy, standing alongside two Class of 2024 men's rugby players.

Men’s Club Rugby continues tradition of playing against their alumni team, the Flying Tigers

Princeton men’s rugby alumni don’t tend to stay away for long. The match between the current squad and the Flying Tigers fosters camaraderie and competitiveness across all members of the program, both old and new.

Princeton men’s rugby alumni don’t tend to stay away for long. The match between the current squad and the Flying Tigers fosters camaraderie and competitiveness across all members of the program, both old and new.

SPORTS | December 4

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Making history at Princeton and beyond: West Temkin’s success at the international stage

Heading into seventh grade, West Temkin had never touched a water polo ball. Fast forward seven years later and Princeton’s sophomore goalie was coming off a summer that saw him lead Team USA to its first medal finish at the Junior World Championships while being named the tournament’s best goalkeeper.

Heading into seventh grade, West Temkin had never touched a water polo ball. Fast forward seven years later and Princeton’s sophomore goalie was coming off a summer that saw him lead Team USA to its first medal finish at the Junior World Championships while being named the tournament’s best goalkeeper.

SPORTS | November 15

Three soccer players wearing orange jerseys with black stripes cheer on the field.

From substitute to star: forward Daniel Ittycheria on his standout sophomore year

Ittycheria’s burst of goals constantly drew the attention of Princeton’s opposition and landed him in the top 30 in the nation in goals per game, an outcome that wasn’t expected by many — with the exception of Ittycheria himself.

The burst of goals that constantly drew the attention of Princeton's opposition, and landed him in the top 30 in the nation in goals per game, wasn’t expected by many, with the exception of Ittycheria himself.

SPORTS | November 10

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In the face of white-dominated tradition, Black student-athletes foster community

Organizations like the Black Student-Athlete Collective are working to establish a community by providing a safe space for student-athletes to meet others in their shoes and voice their needs and concerns to coaches.

Organizations like the Black Student-Athlete Collective are working to establish a community by providing a safe space for student-athletes to meet others in their shoes and voice their needs and concerns to coaches.

SPORTS | November 10

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Chasing excellence: The road to success for Marcus D. Stroud ’16

“I don’t care what I got going on in my life. If any Black student reaches out to me, I’m gonna get on the phone, I’m gonna sit there and talk, and I will do whatever I can to support them.” Despite an upbringing fraught with challenges, Marcus D. Stroud ’16 relentlessly pursued excellence, allowing him to beat the odds and make a name for himself.

“I don’t care what I got going on in my life. If any Black student reaches out to me, I’m gonna get on the phone, I’m gonna sit there and talk, and I will do whatever I can to support them.” Despite an upbringing fraught with challenges, Marcus D. Stroud ’16 relentlessly pursued excellence, allowing him to beat the odds and make a name for himself.

SPORTS | November 8

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Living in the moment: Jalen Travis reflects on activism and athletics at Princeton

For senior captain Jalen Travis, football is just one of his many passions. Travis reflects on his career as an athlete, activist, and academic, and looks towards the future in an interview with the Daily Princetonian.

For senior captain Jalen Travis, football is just one of his many passions. Travis reflects on his career as an athlete, activist, and academic, and looks towards the future in an interview with the Daily Princetonian.

SPORTS | October 31

On the left, a photo of a woman running, her eyes focused on a soccer ball. On the right, a photo of a man dribbling a basketball in a Canada jersey.

Halftime: Where Princeton student athletes spend their summer

When athletes spread out for the summer, they go in a variety of directions. Some play their sport in a new setting, while others pursue other opportunities. The Daily Princetonian spoke to two athletes about their summer internships.

When athletes spread out for the summer, they go in a variety of directions. Some play their sport in a new setting, while others pursue other opportunities. The Daily Princetonian spoke to two athletes about their summer internships.

SPORTS | September 14

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‘A coaching genius’: Men’s track and field Head Coach Fred Samara announces retirement after 46 years

“The togetherness of Princeton men’s track and field resembles more of a big family, rather than a track team, and at the center of it all is Coach Samara,” said rising junior thrower Avery Shunneson. “He is a coaching genius and one of the all-time greats in our sport; it is difficult to imagine the program without Coach.”

“The togetherness of Princeton men’s track and field resembles more of a big family, rather than a track team, and at the center of it all is Coach Samara,” said rising junior thrower Avery Shunneson. “He is a coaching genius and one of the all-time greats in our sport; it is difficult to imagine the program without Coach.”

SPORTS | June 30

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‘Frustrated and exhausted’: The impact of concussions on Princeton student-athletes

“The challenge of enduring a concussion, in and of itself, can alter mental health,” Notterman Lab M.D./Ph.D. student Nicole Katchur explained. “Athletes can feel isolated and frustrated because of lasting symptoms, including memory loss, headaches, and sensitivity to light.” 

“The challenge of enduring a concussion, in and of itself, can alter mental health,” Notterman Lab M.D./Ph.D. student Nicole Katchur explained. “Athletes can feel isolated and frustrated because of lasting symptoms, including memory loss, headaches, and sensitivity to light.” 

SPORTS | April 25

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Carrying on his father’s legacy: Quincy Monday’s journey to the top

Following in the footsteps of his father Kenny Monday, who became U.S. wrestling’s first Black gold medalist in the 1988 Summer Olympics, Quincy Monday has carved his path to success on the mat.

Following in the footsteps of his father Kenny Monday, who became U.S. wrestling’s first Black gold medalist in the 1988 Summer Olympics, Quincy Monday has carved his path to success on the mat.

SPORTS | April 23

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From Princeton to palm trees: Senior forward Keeshawn Kellman announces transfer to Florida Gulf Coast

Men’s basketball star senior forward Keeshawn Kellman will be using his final year of college eligibility to play for the Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) Eagles. 

Men’s basketball star senior forward Keeshawn Kellman will be using his final year of college eligibility to play for the Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) Eagles. 

SPORTS | April 20