Three Princeton Tigers representing the men’s and women’s cross country teams qualified for the NCAA championships. Senior Conor Lundy and junior Melia Chittenden battled against the fiercest competition from across the country. First-year Camren Fischer did not participate in the meet after learning only several days beforehand of a likely stress fracture in his femur.
On Nov. 30, 2018 on the road, the unranked underdogs of Princeton wrestling took down a powerhouse: the no. 8 Mountain Hawks. Since then, one question has plagued the Tigers, their fans, and their adversaries: could Princeton do it again? Answer: yes.
After two consecutive losses put a damper on a season with a 7–0 start, Princeton football (8–2, 5–2 Ivy) managed to finish the year the way it wanted. On Saturday in Philadelphia, the Tigers scored 28 unanswered points and rushed for 283 yards to win 28–7 over rival Penn (5–5, 3–4 Ivy).
Coach Litvak and the men’s water polo players have been focused on consistency all year long, and they’re not looking to change much going into this weekend as they compete in the Northeast Water Polo Conference Championship.
Princeton women’s basketball’s (4–1 overall, 0–0 Ivy League) first loss couldn’t have come in a more thrilling fashion. Despite a buzzer-beater at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime, as well as several chances at the end of overtime to force double overtime, Princeton fell 77–75 to Iowa (3–1) on Wednesday night.
Last year, No. 11 Princeton wrestling pulled off what head coach Christopher Ayres called “the greatest collegiate athletic turnaround of all time.” The team had spent the year urging their fans to #GetIn: to buy into their program, to hop on board before the bandwagon did. Now Princeton wrestling is back, and the Tigers aren’t satisfied. Getting in isn’t enough. They want to burn the ships.
On Princeton’s biggest eaters sweatshirts, sweatpants, backpacks, and hats are emblazoned two words: Princeton Football. Football players commit themselves to the team’s grueling practice and game schedule; they are expected as well to change their bodies for the good of the game. How do Princeton’s football players manage to pack on the pounds without sacrificing the fitness and dexterity that allowed them to play at the University in the first place?