Four-Time Reigning Ivy Champ Welcomes Strong Group Of 14 Into Class Of 2016
The four-time reigning Ivy League champion Princeton men's swimming and diving team knows it will lose quite a group to graduation this year, but the Tigers are hopeful that the 14-member Class of 2016 will help Princeton make a run at a fifth straight title next winter.
A versatile, fast group, this collection of incoming student-athletes has its fair share of Olympic Trials cuts, Junior and Senior Nationals invites and state championship performances.
You can read about each of the 14 below:
Sprint Free - Bole, Bove, Colaizzo, D'Alessandro, Helber, Hu-Van Wright, Mullen, Powell, Wong
Mid-Distance Free - Bole, Mullen
Distance Free - Ridout
Back - Helber, Hu-Van Wright, Mullen, Powell
Breast - D'Alessandro, Pohlmann, Salter, Sanborn
Fly - Bole, Bove, Colaizzo, Mullen, Powell, Salter
IM - Bole, Bove, D'Alessandro, Helber. Hu-Van Wright, Mullen, Sanborn
Diving - Altman-Kurosaki
Top Times - n/a
Before Princeton - won two sectional titles ... four-time Junior National qualifier ... placed seventh on 1-meter and 10th on 3-meter in 2009 ... holds Stuyvesant High records in both 6- and 11-dive events ... member of the Japanese National Honor Society ... co-president of the Stuyvesant Filmmaking Club.
Personal - born Sept. 2, 1994 ... son of Lloyd Altman and Naoko Kurosaki ... father is a senior executive at Accenture; mother is a housewife ... has three older siblings, Jonas, Linus and Hannah ... has a younger brother Mathias ... Jonas swam at Carnegie Mellon, Linus dives at Indiana and Hanna swims at Case Western ... undecided on what to study at Princeton, but interested in the Creative Writing Certificate Program.
Top Times - 50 free: 21.14; 100 free: 45.30; 200 free: 1:39.54; 100 fly: 50.75; 200 IM: 1:51.60.
Before Princeton - qualified for Junior Nationals multiple times ... competed at French Nationals ... three-time league champion in 200 IM, and also won 100 breast and 100 free ... holds Redwood High records in 100 free, 200 free, 200 IM and multiple relays ... also holds multiple club records ... holds multiple French Olympic Trials cuts, and close to U.S. Trial cut in 200 free ... two-time French National Junior Team member ... Academic All-America.
Personal - born July 7, 1994 ... son of Colin and Nadia Bole ... father is a senior vice-president at International Lease Finance Corporation ... father swam at Stanford, and is a former multiple-event Great Britain champion ... may study economics at Princeton ... enjoys biking and hiking.
Top Times - (all LCM) 100 fly: 55.77; 200 fly: 2:01.93; 200 IM: 2:05.07; 400 IM: 4:30.02.
Before Princeton - three-time Italian Junior National champion in the 200 fly ... earned one silver and one bronze in 100 fly and one silver in 200 IM ... reached 'A' finals at Italian Senior Nationals ... holds Italian Olympic Trials cuts in 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM ... competed in U.S. Junior Nationals.
Personal - born Oct. 14, 1993 ... son of Aldo Bove and Alessandra Guidi ... father is a doctor; mother is a state employer ... interested in studying pre-law.
Top Times - 50 free: 21.12; 100 free: 47.2; 100 fly: 52.30.
Before Princeton - helped Princeton High to a 2012 state championship ... 2012 Mercer County Most Valuable Swimmer ... county champion in the 50 free ... holds Princeton High records in the 50 free and 200 IM; also holds pair of relay records ... team captain ... AP Scholar ... Gold Key recipient junior year ... all-state jazz band selection ... president of the Minority Student Achievement Network.
Personal - born June 13, 1994 ... son of Herbert and Catherine Colaizzo ... father is a retired history teacher and track coach; mother is a chiropractor ... interested in studying either economics, politics, philosophy or chemistry; also interested in jazz studies ... enjoys playing jazz sax, surfing and traveling.
Top Times - 50 free: 20.67; 100 free: 45.09; 200 free: 1:38.63; 200 IM: 1:47.20; 400 IM: 3:53.93; 100 breast: 55.95; 200 breast: 2:03.49.
Before Princeton - placed third in both the 100 breast and the 200 IM at Junior Nationals ... led Bolles High to two team state championships and won four individual state titles, including 200 IM and three relays ... 2010-11 NISCA All-America honoree ... USA Swimming All-America ... served as team captain ... member of four relays that broke either national or meet records at Junior Nationals ... three-time Scholastic All-America ... four-time selection to the President Honor Roll.
Personal - born March 22, 1994 ... son of Tom and Silke D'Allessandro ... father owns an art gallery; mother works for GMS ... has a younger brother Alec ... interested in studying either history or political science.
Top Times - 100 back: 51.48; 200 IM: 1:55.71; 100 free: 46.94.
Before Princeton - part of 11 records at the Haverford School (six individual, five relay) ... three-time NISCA All-America ... two-time All-Inter AC and two-time all-county ... team captain ... Academic All-America ... earned Highest Honors all four years ... member of the Cum Laude Society ... president of Notables A Capella Group ... president of the glee club ... acted in musicals all four years ... lettered in water polo and competed in ultimate frisbee ... earned team MVP in water polo; set record for most goals per game in a career (4.94).
Personal - born Dec. 29, 1993 ... son of Keith Helber and Brenda Hauptfuhrer-Hlber ... father is a project manager at Albert Einstein Memorial Hospital; mother is a homemaker ... has a younger brother Nicholas and a younger sister Kristin ... grandfather Robert P. Hauptfuhrer is a member of the Class of 1953 and an Emeritus Trustee ... interested in studying natural sciences.
En-Wei Hu-Van Wright
Top Times - 100 free: 45.41; 100 back: 49.23; 200 back: 1:47.29; 200 IM: 1:49.70; 100 fly: 49.97.
Before Princeton - qualified for both Senior Nationals and Junior Nationals ... has Olympic Trial cut in 100 back ... A-finalist at the 2011 long course Junior Nationals ... 100 back champion at New York state championships ... holds nine records at Stuyvesant, as well as five league records and 18 club records ... three-time Scholastic All-America ... 2012 Wingate Award winner ... member of the Physics Bridge Building Club.
Personal - born June 25, 1994 ... son of Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu ... father is an artist and teacher; mother is an artist ... has an older sister Rebecca ... may study biochemical engineering.
Top Times - 50 free: 22.53; 200 free: 1:45.84; 100 fly: 52.72; 100 back: 54.96; 200 back: 1:57.06; 200 IM: 1:58.52.
Before Princeton - holds Oxford High records in 200 free, 100 fly and both 200 and 400 free relays ... team captain ... Presidential Scholar ... National Merit Finalist ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Wendy's Heisman State finalist ... Lindy Callahan Scholarship recipient ... 2009 International Science Fair finalist ... class valedictorian ... National Honor Society president ... Mu Alpha Theta president ... earned five varsity letters in tennis ... won back-to-back state titles in tennis, and won individual state titles in doubles.
Personal - born Aug. 1, 1994 ... son of Chris and Alison Mullen ... mother attended Princeton as member of the Class of 1982; father attended for graduate school ... father is the interim chair of Civil Engineering at the University of Mississippi; mother is a project manager at Silverrail Construction ... has an older brother Alex ... hopes to study in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Top Times - 100 breast: 55.27; 200 breast: 2:00.15.
Before Princeton - Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100 breast ... won the 2012 Ohio state championship in the 100 breast and 200 medley relay; named Division 1 State Performer of the Meet ... 2012 Midwest Zone sectional champion in the 100 breast ... holds Beavercreek High records in 50 free, 100 breast and 200 medley relay; holds five club records ... competed with the NCSA Junior National Team representing the USA in Osaka, Japan (2011) ... team captain and team MVP ... Academic All-America ... National Honor Society Chapter President.
Personal - born Sept. 27, 1993 ... son of Tom and Marianne Pohlmann ... father is a marketing and strategy officer for Forrester Research; mother is a group travel coordinator ... has two younger brothers, Henrik and Josef, and a younger sister Anamarie ... may study physics.
Top Times - 50 free: 20.28; 100 free: 45.53; 50 back: 23.0; 100 fly: 49.3.
Before Princeton - has won eight Texas 4A state gold medals; three came in the 50 free, one in the 100 fly and four in relays ... holds 12 All-America cuts ... set Kingwood Park High records in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly ... two-time team captain ... National Honor Society president.
Personal - born June 29, 1993 ... son of Gene and Beth Powell ... both parents work at family-owned store in Houston ... may study religion.
Top Times - 500 free: 4:30.68; 1000 free: 9:24.40; 1650 free: 15:51.65.
Before Princeton - competed at both Senior and Junior Nationals ... qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 1500 free ... placed fourth at Summer Junior Nationals in the 800 and 11th in the 1500 free ... led Capistrano Valley to three CIF titles and one runner-up, as well as one state championship ... three-time Scholastic All-America.
Personal - born Dec. 1, 1993 ... son of Ron and Margo Ridout ... father is an accountant; mother is a personal trainer ... has an older sister Samantha and a younger sister Lili.
Top Times - 200 breast: 2:12.76; 200 fly: 1:58.90.
Before Princeton - four-time qualifier for YMCA Long Course Nationals and three-time qualifier for YMCA Short Course Nationals ... won Essex County championship in 100 fly ... holds James Caldwell High records in 100 fly, 200 IM and 200 medley relay ... high school team captain.
Personal - born March 21, 1994 ... son of Jeffrey and Laurie Salter; both parents are teachers ... father is a member of Princeton Class of 1982 ... has a younger brother Joseph.
Top Times - 100 breast: 55.29; 200 breast: 1:59.70; 200 IM: 1:47.49; 400 IM: 3:57.25; 50 free: 21.10; 100 free: 45.63.
Before Princeton - invited both Senior Nationals and Zone Select Camp ... CCS high school champion in 100 breast; holds CCS record in event (55.29) ... holds Olympic Trial cut in 200 breast ... competed in FINA World Cup stops in Berlin, Moscow and Singapore ... two-year captain of Palo Alto High; also served as club team captain ... two-time Academic All-America ... earned Math and Social Studies departmental awards.
Personal - born March 7, 1995 ... son of Noel Sanborn and Virginia Lee ... both parents are retired ... has two older siblings, Adrian and Elliott ... may study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Top Times - 50 free: 21.04; 100 free: 44.75; 200 free: 1:40.42.
Before Princeton - earned Excellent Swimmer honor in 2010 and 2011 fir Hoi Tin Swimming Club ... competed in the AASF Asian Age Group Championships and the Malaysia Open ... holds multiple NISCA records.
Personal - born March 12, 1994 ... son of Albert Wong and Theresa Tan ... father is a manager; mother is a homemaker ... has an older brother Jonathon ... interested in studying Operations Research & Financial Engineering.