Six Tigers Named Finalists For Von Kienbusch Award

Six Princeton student-athletes have been named finalists for the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award which is presented annually to a Princeton senior woman of high scholastic rank who has demonstrated general proficiency in athletics and the qualities of a true sportswoman. Presented in memory of C. Otto v. Kienbusch ’06, friend and benefactor of women’s athletics at Princeton.

The von Kienbusch Award will be presented at the Gary Walters ’67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 23rd starting at 5:00 p.m. ET. For more information on the 2024 banquet, click here.

Meet the 2024 finalists!

A three-time Ivy League Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Kaitlyn Chen has been the gold standard during the best stretch of Princeton Women’s Basketball history. In just three playing seasons, Chen has led the Tigers to three Ivy League titles, three Ivy League Tournament crowns and three NCAA Tournament appearances. 

Chen, an Anthropology major from San Marino, Calif., helped the Tigers become the first Ivy League women’s team to win NCAA Tournament games in back-to-back seasons. The two-time unanimous First-Team All-Ivy selection and 2023 Ivy Player of the Year has amassed a 74-16 mark during her time at Princeton, including three Top-25 victories. The true definition of a student-athlete, Chen was named a College Sports Communicators Second Team Academic All-American as a senior, the program’s first since 2016, after finishing her Tiger career with 1,276 points and 359 assists.

Madison Curry concluded her career with a United Soccer Coaches third-team All-American honor, adding that accolade to her three first-team All-Ivy League recognitions and two United Soccer Coaches All-East Region selections, earning first-team honors in 2021 and second-team recognition in 2023. She helped lead the Tigers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on two occasions, including a near-upset of No. 4 Texas Tech in penalty kicks this past fall.

Curry started 48 games over her 51-game career, and was a regular on the back line as she contributed to 24 shutouts and helped hold opponents to a goals-against average of less than a goal a game in each of her first two seasons. She also contributed three goals and four assists during her time as a Tiger. A neuroscience major from Coto de Caza, Calif, Curry served as a co-captain as a senior and was drafted by the National Women’s Soccer League’s Angel City FC.

Sarah Fillier was Princeton’s first three-time All-American, earning AHCA second-team honors in 2019, 2020 and 2024. Fillier was a three-time top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, the top honor inomen’s college hockey and Princeton’s first three-time finalist for the award. As a senior, Fillier led the nation in scoring with 30 goals in 29 games, a career high and the 10th 30-goal season in program history, helping her finish sixth in program history with 93 career goals. Fillier added 101 career assists, the second-most in program history and most for a Tiger since 1995. 

Her 194 career points are good for fourth-most in program history and represent the most since 1995. Fillier, a psychology major from Georgetown, Ont., earned three first-team All-ECAC Hockey honors and was a four-time first-team All-Ivy honoree. A three-time team captain with Princeton, Fillier is a 2022 Olympic gold medalist with Canada and a four-time IIHF World Championship medalist, earning three IIHF gold medals. Fillier has been forecasted as a potential top pick in the PWHL draft, which will take place in June.

During one of the best runs in Princeton women’s lightweight rowing history, Sarah Fry has found herself leading the charge from the stroke seat. She has stroked a first varsity boat that has never lost during her time at Princeton. In 2022, Fry, a mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Redondo Beach, Calif., helped the varsity eight to a perfect season where it won every race by at least four seconds and captured the IRA Commissioner’s Cup for the first time in program history. 

The 2023 season was much of the same as the first varsity won its third straight IRA title while the team earned the Commissioners’ Cup for the second consecutive year. Fry also earned All-America status and has been named to the IRA All-Academic Team twice. The Tigers recently capped an undefeated 2024 regular season, including the third Eastern Sprints championship of Fry’s career.

A two-time All-American, seven time First Team All-Ivy honoree and a five-time Second Team All-Ivy honoree, Ellie Marquardt left her mark on the Princeton women’s swimming & diving program. She was recognized as the 2020 Ivy League Championships High Point Swimmer of the Meet, and concluded her career in 2024 with the Ivy League Championships Career High Point Swimmer distinction. 

Marquardt, a history major from Charlotte, N.C., was a key point-scorer during the Tigers’ run of three Ivy League championships in four seasons and ascension to No. 20 in the national rankings. Marquardt holds the program record in the 500 freestyle and the No. 2 times in the 200 and 1650 freestyle events. Marquardt also thrived academically and was a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American and a 2024 CSC Academic All-District selection.

There is not a single person that defines Princeton Women’s Basketball mantra “Get Stops” like Ellie Mitchell. Mitchell is a three-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and added Second-Team All-Ivy honors to her resume. She helped Princeton to 100 victories during her four seasons – including a 59-3 Ivy League mark – while adding four Ivy League championships, three Ivy League tournament crowns and two NCAA Tournament victories.

Mitchell, an economics major from Chevy Chase, Md., helped the Tigers become the first Ivy League women’s team to win NCAA Tournament games in back-to-back seasons, defeating Kentucky in 2022 and NC State in 2023. A team captain for the 2023-24 squad that spent a large portion of the season nationally ranked, Mitchell set the program record for career rebounds, grabbing 1,125 during her 117 career games.