Princeton Announces Finalists For Von Kienbusch Award As Top Female Athlete
Liz Bannantine, Cecilia Barowski, Michelle Miller, Kendall Peterkin, Gracie Stone and Alex Wheatley have been named the finalists for the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award, given annually to the top senior female athlete.
The winner of the award will be announced at the Gary Walters ’67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet on May 26.
Liz Bannantine is a two-year captain and four-year starter on defense for Princeton’s women’s lacrosse team. She will leave Princeton having earned All-Ivy League honors every single year since she stepped foot on Sherrerd Field. Bannantine earned two first-team All-Ivy and two second-team All-Ivy honors, and she was an ILWCA first-team all-region selection this year and a second-team All-Region selection last year. A member of the 2016 Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List, Bannantine was on the 2014 Ivy League all-tournament team. During her career, Bannantine started in 68 games and played in 70. She has three assists, 86 ground balls, 40 draw controls and 77 caused turnovers.
The Tigers reached the NCAA Tournament in all of her four years, reaching the first round during her freshman and senior years, second round her sophomore year and quarterfinal round her junior year while winning six NCAA tournament games. Princeton won three Ivy League titles and in four years has posted a 49-24 overall record and a 25-3 record in the Ivy League.
Bannantine is a history major from Baltimore, Md.
Though her career at Princeton is ending, Cecilia Barowski’s 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. 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.
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.
Barowski is a molecular biology major from Amherst, N.H.
Michelle Miller was a major factor in helping the women’s basketball team go 97-23 (.808) overall and 50-6 (.892) in Ivy League play in her four seasons as a Tiger. During her time at Princeton, Miller helped the Tigers win two Ivy League championships and become the first team in Ivy League history to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Miller is also a quality academic student as she has back-to-back CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, the Princeton Shapiro for Academic Excellence Award and was named a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
Miller finished her career with 1,314 points, the eighth highest among all Princeton players. She is the team’s all-time leader in free throw percentage (.831), ranks second in three-point field goal percentage (.419) and third in three-pointers made (213). She also was the team’s leading scorer (13.7 points per game) and was named first-team All-Ivy League as a senior.
Miller is a chemistry major from Pasadena, Calif.
Kendall Peterkin is a three-time first-team All-Ivy League honoree, as well as a member of the AVCA All-Region team, and she helped Princeton to an unprecedented Ivy League championship during her senior season. The Tigers became the first team in any sport in Ivy history to win the title after losing their first three matches, and Peterkin led them as both captain and one of the league’s top hitters. She ranked in the Ivy League top three in kills every year of her career, and she finished ninth in Princeton history with 1,255 kills.
A unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection in both 2014 and 2015, Peterkin recorded more than 700 kills and 450 digs over her final two seasons, and earned seven Ivy League Player of the Week honors during
those two seasons. The Tigers won 16 of their last 25 Ivy matches, including nine of 10 in Dillon Gym, and won the program¹s first Ivy League title since 2007. She earned All-ECAC honors during her senior season, and she ranked in the Top 15 in the NCAA as a junior in both kills and points.
Peterkin is an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major from San Diego, Calif.
Gracie Stone is a four-time first-team All-America in saber, the women's fencing program's second four-time All-America in her weapon alongside her sister, Eliza Stone, from the Class of 2013. In three of her four trips to the NCAA Championships, she advanced to the individual national championship semifinals, making the final this year for a second-place finish, her highest of four top-eight finishes at the NCAA finals. Stone is also an NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional champion, winning that honor as a sophomore. While her individual accomplishments are outstanding, she has also helped the fencing program bring home an NCAA top-four trophy in each of her four seasons, including a national title in 2013, the program's first in the combined men's/women's title era.
Within the Ivy League, Stone is a two-time first-team All-Ivy honoree, with one of those coming in her freshman year when she earned Most Outstanding Rookie honors at the Ivy League round-robin, and she earned Academic All-Ivy League recognition this year.
Stone is a politics major from Lisle, Ill.
Alex Wheatley was part of a senior class that was one of the most successful in Ivy women’s basketball history. She helped the program go 97-23 (.808) overall and 50-6 (.892) in Ivy League play. During her time at Princeton, the Tigers won two Ivy League championships and became the first team in conference history to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Off the court, Wheatley was instrumental in orchestrating Athletes Helping Athletes events, a non-profit organization used to connect local special needs athletes with mainstream student-athletes in a spirit of friendship for their mutual benefit and inspiration.
After a stellar senior season, Wheatley became just one of six players in program history to be named to the All-Ivy League first team in back-to-back years. She also nabbed All-Ivy League honorable mention as a sophomore. The senior became a 1,000-point scorer, finishing with 1,137 in her career, the 24th player all-time to reach the mark. Wheatley boasts the third highest field goal percentage (56.1) in women’s basketball history and also showed off a great all-around game as well, finishing with over 500 rebounds, 100 assists, 100 blocks and 100 steals in her career.
Wheatley is a ecology and evolutionary biology major from Upper Holland, Pa.