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Barowski, Sanner Earn Top Awards; Art Lane Award And 1916 Cup Announced

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/26/2016
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Cecilia Barowski, a record-setting middle distance runner, is the 2016 winner of the C. Otto von Kiensbusch Award as the outstanding senior female athlete at Princeton University.

Thomas Sanner, one of the most accomplished soccer players in Princeton history, is the 2016 winner of the William Winston Roper Trophy, given annually to the top male senior athlete at Princeton.

Barowksi holds a remarkable 11 Princeton records, including both the indoor and outdoor 400, indoor 500, indoor and outdoor 800, indoor 1000, indoor and outdoor 4x400 relay, outdoor distance medley and sprint medley relay and the 4x800 relay, also an Ivy League record at 8:27.26. She has personal best of 52.97 in the 400 and a 2:02.14 in the 800.

She has competed in two NCAA Championships, finishing sixth to earn first-team All-America honors in the 800 this past indoor season. Last spring she finished 19th to earned honorable mention All-America honors. Barowski has twice earned her way to the NCAA Regionals in the 800 and will do so again this spring as she owns the fourth best 800 time in the country. She is a six-time Ivy League Heps champion, winning the indoor 500 and 800 and the outdoor 800, 4x400 and the 400 twice. Barowski has been a runner-up four times in 400 and 4x400 relays and has scored in an incredible six other events. In all, she has scored 118 total points for her team at Heps, including relays, and 68 singlehandedly.

Though her career at Princeton is ending, her track & field career is far from over. In April she ran the Olympic qualifying time in the 800 at 2:02.62 and will run to make Team USA in July.  Barowski is a molecular biology major from Amherst, N.H.

The other finalists for the award were lacrosse player Liz Bannantine, basketball player Michelle Miller, volleyball player Kendall Peterkin, fencer Grace Stone and basketball player Alex Wheatley.

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, joining only current Princeton head coach Jim Barlow as players who have won both. 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.

The other finalists for the award were rower Martin Barakso, pole vaulter Adam Bragg, swimmer Teo D’Alessandro and baseball player Danny Hoy.


James Agolia is the 2016 winner of the 1916 Cup, awarded each year to the Princeton varsity letterwinner who continuing in competition through senior year achieved at graduation the highest academic standing. It was given by the Class of the 1916 at its 50 reunion,

Agolia’s academic honors include the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence in 2013 and 2014, the Peter N. Curtin Award for Excellence in Chemistry Research, and all-academic recognition from the Intercollegiate Rowing Association. This spring he also was awarded the Pyne Prize, the highest undergraduate honor at Princeton.

After graduation, he plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a surgeon and basic scientist in academic medicine.

Agolia stroked the third varsity boat to a gold medal at Eastern Sprints earlier this month, capping an undefeated season for the both. He is a chemistry major from Massapequa Park, N.Y.


The Art Lane Award is given annually to undergraduate student-athletes in recognition of selfless contribution to sport and society in memory of Art Lane ’34 by friends and family.

There were four winners for 2016.

Anya Gersoff, who competed on both the field hockey and lacrosse teams for the Tigers, has dedicated herself to service throughout her time on campus. In 2014, Anya worked in Kampala, Uganda with Fields of Growth, a volunteer organization that “seeks to harness the passion of athletes into positive social impact through international service, global learning and youth sport development”. During the 2014 Lacrosse World Championships in Denver, Anya was appointed the Local Operations Coordinator for Team Uganda and arranged meal and team equipment donations. Anya is also involved as a Senior Commissioner on the US Intelligence and Foreign Policy Junior Task Force, as well as the Stabilization after Intervention Junior Task Force.

Josh Miller, a two-year captain as part of the men’s soccer team has spent his time at Princeton embracing leadership opportunities. As a founding member of the Student Athlete Service Council, Josh has served in a leadership role since the fall of 2013 and has supported service opportunities for Princeton student-athletes across all varsity teams. Josh has been a frequent participant as part of several service initiatives under the Princeton Varsity Club, including Reading with the Tigers and Weapons of Mass Construction. Josh has also been a co-lead on a recycling program in conjunction with Terracycle which recycles waste from the new fueling station in Jadwin Gym.

Emily de la Bruyere, a member of both women’s cross country and track & field teams, has volunteered her time both within the Princeton community and abroad. During her time at Princeton, Emily has been able to serve the student body as an academic mentor and tutor. Overseas, Emily has had the opportunity to work in both China and France under World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Additionally, Emily has committed her time to Habitat for Humanity in both Florida and Texas as well as a member of the Renovation team with Yale’s Bulldogs on Baranof in Alaska. Emily’s commitment to international service lead her to Paris as she spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the US Embassy in Paris. Her time spent in Paris has secured her next two years as an accepted fellow designated to study international security in France.

Mary Ann McNulty competed on the Princeton women’s open rowing team as well as a representative for team USA during trials for the U-23 World Championships. As a tri-captain, Mary Ann has exceeded her role as a team leader through her consistent positive demeanor and natural ability to lead. A volunteer for the Community Based Learning Initiative, Mary Ann has worked in Trenton to gather data on residential segregation, which was later presented at a town meeting to discuss her findings. The summer of her freshman year, Mary Ann spent nine weeks in Swahili as she participated in initiatives to teach English and promote job skills within the Mwenge Community, a low income neighborhood. As a leader of multiple Princeton organizations (Outdoor Action, Student-Athlete Wellness Leader, Teams for Tots) Mary Ann’s volunteering efforts has been an integral part of her experience at Princeton.







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