Tiger Teams Highlight PVC Spring Coaches Luncheon

Members of the Princeton Athletics community, including PVC members, Athletics Fellows, Team Around the Team, and staff gathered on April 16th for this year’s final Spring PVC Coaches Luncheon.

Ford Family Director of Athletics, John Mack ’00 began the program with reflections on another year of competitive excellence for the Tigers and thanked everyone in attendance who helped make it possible. The luncheon then featured updates from head coaches Matt Madalon (men’s lacrosse), Lori Dauphiny (women’s open rowing), Jason Vigilante (men’s track & field), and Derek Ellingson (women’s water polo). Each coach spoke about their previous matchups this season and talked about the goals that they have for their teams advancing into postseason competition.

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Senior student-athletes from each of the featured teams also offered perspective, sharing what it has meant to represent the Orange & Black. Associate Director of Athletics for the Princeton Varsity Club, Brendan Van Ackeren moderated the Tiger panel asking Meera Burghardt ’24 (women’s water polo), Catherine Garrett ’24 (women’s open rowing), Duncan Miller ’24 (men’s track & field), and Marquez White ’24 (men’s lacrosse) a series of questions to help tell their unique Princeton stories. The Tigers joked about their upcoming senior thesis deadlines, as they spoke about the transformative Princeton Athletics experience and the incredible opportunities that it has offered them both academically and athletically.

During the luncheon Sam Kleiner ’25 (men’s heavyweight rowing) and Victoria Liu ’25 (women’s golf) were recognized with the spring PNC Bank Student-Athlete Achiever Award for their outstanding contributions in athletics, academics and serving their community. Kleiner has rowed in the men’s heavyweight 2nd and 3rd Varsity boats and helps lead Princeton Rowing’s Steam to Stern program, bringing the sport of rowing and STEM curriculum to underserved students in the Trenton area. Liu made her LPGA debut this past summer after being named the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year for Princeton women’s golf. She helped co-found Next Generation Golf, an organization that aims to inspire young generations through the game of golf throughout her hometown British Columbia community.