Barakso, Bragg, D’Alessandro, Hoy, Sanner Named Finalists For Roper Trophy
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Martin Barakso, Adam Bragg, Teo D'Alessandro, Danny Hoy and Thomas Sanner have been named the five finalists for the William Winston Roper Trophy, given to Princeton's top senior male athlete.
The winner of the award will be announced at the Gary Walters ’67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet on May 26.
A look at the finalists:
Martin Barakso is the captain of the third-ranked Princeton heavyweights, and he is a three-year starter in the first varsity. Barakso has medaled in every Eastern Sprints competition he has been in, and he led the first varsity to its first IRA medal in nine years at the 2015 championships. This season, Barakso helped Princeton win only its second Compton Cup on the Charles River since 1957, and he led the Tigers to an 8-1 record, with its lone loss coming by two seconds to the top-ranked boat in the country. Princeton finished second in the 2016 Eastern Sprints.
Within the last 12 months, Barakso helped the heavyweights win their first Rowe Cup title since 2005, and was part of the first varsity boat that competed at the Henley Royal Regatta. He earned gold with the M8+ for Canada at the 2015 Pan-Am Games, and went on to compete for Canada at the 2015 Senior World Championships, the top rowing competition in a non-Olympic year. In his three years in the varsity eight, Princeton has a regular season record of 24-4. Prior to that, he won a world championship in 2014 and won the Commonwealth Games in 2015.
Barakso will graduate with honors as history major. He is from Nanaimo, British Columbia.
Adam Bragg will leave Princeton as the best pole vaulter in school history, if not the Ivy League. At the 2016 Outdoor Heps Bragg cleared an Ivy League record of 5.53 (18-1.75) to win his second consecutive outdoor title and break a league record that stood for 23 years. Bragg also owns the school indoor pole vault record of 5.41 (17-9), which ranks him second all-time in the league. Bragg owns a personal best of 5.65 (18-6.50) which is set at the Fasttrack National Invitational this past February.
A second-team All-America in the pole vault, Bragg finished 12th at the 2014 NCAAs and has qualified for the NCAA Regionals in both 2014 and 2015 and again this year. A three-time Ivy League champion in the event, he was second outdoors in 2012 and fourth indoors in 2012. Bragg has helped his team win five Ivy League team titles and Triple Crowns in 2011-12 and 2014-15.
Bragg is a history major from El Toro, Calif.
Teo D’Alessandro served as tri-captain for the Princeton men’s swimming and diving team, which completed a dramatic final-session comeback to repeat as Ivy League champion. D’Alessandro leaves Princeton as both a three-time Ivy League individual and team champion; he won the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Ivy titles in the 200 IM, and he finished second to the Ivy record-holder during his 2013 freshman season. He also helped Princeton win the 2013, 2015 and 2016 team championships.
The Princeton record holder in the 200 IM, D’Alessandro holds all-time Top 10 times in six of the 14 individual events in program history. He also completed his career by qualifying for the 2016 NCAA Championships,
where he posted Top-35 finishes in three events, including 28th in the 200 IM. He will compete this summer at the Olympic Trials in both the 100 fly and 200 IM.
D’Alessandro is a History major from Stuart, Fla.
Danny Hoy was an important contributor in helping the Princeton baseball team improve its win total by 15 games from last year, as Princeton went from last place in its division in 2015 to the 2016 Ivy League champion. The senior infielder ranks in the Ivy League’s top ten in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, total bases, steals, batting average and slugging percentage.
The senior was first-team All-Ivy League selection as a junior after leading the Tigers in batting average, home runs, triples, doubles, slugging percentage, RBI and multi-RBI games. Hoy also led the team in doubles, home runs and runs as a sophomore. The second baseman will finish his career ranked in the program’s all-time top five in doubles, extra base hits and in the top ten in total bases, runs, hits and steals.
Hoy is a politics major from Sellersville, Penn.
Thomas Sanner was this past season’s unanimous selection for Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year. The 2012 Ivy League Rookie of Year earned three All-Ivy League honors during this career, including two on the first team. He is just the second Tiger to have earned Rookie of the Year honors and Player of the Year honors in his career. The only other Princeton player to do so is Princeton head coach Jim Barlow. A first-team all-region selection in 2015, Sanner led the Ivy League in both points, with 31, and goals with 13 - scoring six more goals than another player in the league. Sanner ranked fourth in the NCAA in points per game (1.82), fourth in goals per game (0.76) and was 10th nationally in shots per game (4.06).
Sanner finished his Princeton career with 32 goals, 13 of which were game-winning goals, and 15 assists for 79 points in 64 games. He ranks third in scoring all-time at Princeton, ahead of former assistant coach and MLS Head Coach of the Year Jesse Marsch '96 and current Montreal Impact player Cameron Porter '15 who finished with 75 points apiece. Sanner is fourth all-time in goals and tied for fifth in assists. He helped his class have the most successful junior and senior years combined in program history with a 21-8-5 overall record.
In January he was invited to the MLS Player Combine in Florida and was later selected by Vancouver as 16th pick in round 2 by the Whitecaps in the MLS SuperDraft.
Sanner is a politics major from Indianapolis, Ind.