Six Tigers Named Finalists for Class of 1916 Cup

Six Princeton student-athletes have been named finalists for the Class of 1916 Cup, which is presented annually to the Princeton varsity letterwinner who has achieved the highest academic standing at graduation. The award was given by the Class of 1916 on the occasion of its 50th reunion.

The Class of 1916 Cup will be presented at the Gary Walters ’67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 23rd. For more information on the 2024 banquet, click here.

Meet the 2024 finalists!

Alastair Cho is a team captain and two-time Academic All-Ivy honoree for Princeton men’s squash. This past season saw Cho help the Tigers to their first Ivy League championship since 2013, while also reaching the semifinals of the Molloy North draw at the CSA individual championships. Anchoring the middle of the Tiger line-up, Cho posted a 35-11 career dual match record.

Off the court, Cho was a member of the Tiger Investments Club and Varsity Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (VSAAC). He was also active with the Princeton Innovation Center and participated in the Princeton Startup Immersion Program (PSIP), an initiative that allows students to work alongside some of the world’s best startup companies.

Cho is an economics major from Baltimore, Md.

Sam Davidson is a senior captain and defender for Princeton field hockey. In her 30 career starts, she helped the Tigers to two Ivy League Championships and a 2019 postseason run that culminated in an appearance in the National Championship game.

Davidson served her team as a SCORRE leader, educating coaches and teammates on healthy relationships and building a culture of respect and inclusion. Additionally, she volunteered with the Princeton Best Buddies chapter to support individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities, and was a peer mentor for Princeton Women in Economics and Policy. Davidson also served on the Ivy League Field Hockey Social Justice Committee.

From North Andover, Mass., Davidson is majoring in sociology.

Sebastian Fisher is a senior cross country and middle-distance runner for Princeton track & field. During his time at Princeton, the Tigers have won nine Heps titles and two triple crowns, including completing the Heps trifecta this past year. Fisher ran a personal best 4:02 in the mile this past indoor season.

Fisher was previously awarded the Shapiro Prize, which recognizes the top three percent of underclassmen for academic excellence. He has served as a computer science instructor for Juni Learning, and has also been active with the Princeton Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Smart Wireless Agile Networks Lab, helping to research wireless networks, sensing and communication.

An electrical and computer engineering major, Fisher originates from Laguna Beach, Calif.

A senior attacker for Princeton women’s lacrosse, Ellie Mueller helped the Tigers to the 2022 Ivy League regular season and tournament championships, as well as three appearances in the Ivy Tournament and two NCAA berths in her three seasons. Making nearly 30 starts, Mueller accounted for 28 goals and 18 assists during her career.

As a member of the Student-Athlete Service Council (SASC), Mueller helped lead various service activities in her community while helping the council develop new projects and initiatives for student-athletes. She also served as a Student-Athlete Wellness Leader, bringing awareness to student-athlete mental health resources, and volunteered on the University Student Government’s Social Committee.

Mueller is an economics major from Villanova, Pa.

A two-year captain for Princeton men’s fencing, Tristan Szapary is a two-time All-American, two-time Regional champion and the 2024 National Champion in the épée. He helped the Tigers to the 2024 Ivy League title, the program’s first league crown since 2017. Szapary has also competed for Team USA during his career.

On campus, Szapary co-founded the Compassionate Medicine Fellowship while also leading the Mindfulness Meditation Club. He has served as a SHARE peer helping to educate students on healthy relationships. Szapary has been recognized with the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence and the Lamber ’55 Award for undergraduate neuroscience research.

Szapary is also a finalist for the William Winston Roper Trophy, honoring the top senior athlete from a men’s program (click here). From Wynnewood, Pa., Szapary is a neuroscience major pursuing a certificate in creative writing.

Nate Tavakolian is a middle distance runner for Princeton track & field and cross country. In his three full years of competition, the Tigers captured eight Heps team championships, including the program’s 10th and 11th Triple Crowns. Princeton remains the lone Ivy men’s program to accomplish the feat of winning all three titles in the same year.

Off the track, Tavakolian has earned two President’s Awards for Academic Achievement. Tavakolian was also recognized with the Princeton Physics Department’s Manfred Pyka Memorial Prize and Allen G. Shenstone Prize, awarded to physics students who have shown excellence in their course work and promise in independent research.

Tavakolian is a physics major from Eugene, Ore.