Category Archives: Testimonials

John W. Rogers, Jr. ’80 – Basketball

By far, the most important aspect of my Princeton experience was the unique opportunity I had to play for Pete Carril. Of all my college experiences, it is the one I value the most because Coach Carril was one of the best teachers I have ever had. His recitations about the rewards of hard work, teamwork, discipline and patience significantly shaped ... Read More »

Sandi Bittler ’90 – Basketball

Basketball was always my passion. When it came time to decide where to go to college, I wasn’t concerned with academics – I was focused on finding a great basketball program that would offer me a scholarship. I was from a small high school so I knew I wouldn’t be heavily recruited, but I was still determined to get the ... Read More »

Cathy Corcione ’74 – Swimming & Diving

Against the backdrop of the turbulent events of the late 1960’s, Princeton University announced its intention to admit women. Although the decision was controversial, it placed Princeton at the forefront of a movement to provide equal opportunity for women in our society. When I entered Princeton in the fall of 1970 I was 17 years old and keenly aware that ... Read More »

Cackie Buck Rogers ’77 – Field Hockey, Lacrosse

When I arrived at Princeton in the fall of 1973, only one class of women had graduated. We women were still an anomaly and a definite minority. But I was lucky! I had an immediate band of friends because I put on my gym shorts and cleats and headed down to Poe Field for pre-season field hockey. Hockey practice gave ... Read More »

Nancy Kraemer Crocker ’79 – Track & Field, Basketball

In the early days of women’s track & field, we were so few in numbers that Coach [Peter] Farrell used nearly every willing body for nearly any imaginable event. Entering multiple events, though born of competitive necessity, typifies for me something of the spirit of Princeton Athletics. Being part of a competitive team grew naturally into sport as a lifetime ... Read More »

Wendy Zaharko ’74 – Squash

I had come to Princeton for two very different reasons. First, I was an activist vehemently opposed to the war in Vietnam and Princeton was the national hotbed of the anti-war movement. I wanted to acquire the skills to save the world and to learn civil disobedience by studying at the Woodrow Wilson School. Secondly, I wanted to play squash in ... Read More »

Young Park ’94 – Track & Field

I am proud to be a Princeton graduate and to have once been a Princeton female athlete. And yet, I am even prouder to have been a member and senior-year captain of the Women’s Track & Field team. When I arrived at Princeton, I was excited at the prospect of not only expanding my intellect but also improving my athletic ... Read More »

Gretchen Anderson ’04 – Ice Hockey

Excerpts from the 2004 PVC Senior Student-Athlete Awards Banquet I am sure that what I have learned from being a student-athlete [at Princeton] at least in some way or another strikes a chord of familiarity in each of you… It’s taught me a lot of things, but the very first lesson I learned was modesty. Being naive, I thought that ... Read More »

Chanel Lattimer ’05 – Track & Field

Excerpts from the “Ivy League Spotlight” on My college decision came down to the last minute! I realized that I didn’t want track to become a job. I didn’t want that constant pressure and a scholarship looming over my head. As much as I love to run, I also love being involved in other activities. Not only was the ... Read More »

John Mack ’00 – Track & Field

Being a varsity student-athlete meant being a part of a special group of students at Princeton. Whether you were on the track team or played lacrosse or basketball or squash, you knew that your teammates and friends on other teams were working hard to excel academically and athletically, and it pushed you to do the same. For me, the educational ... Read More »

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