Several sports teams announce Class of 2020 recruits

by Ray Lu | 6/23/16 5:30pm

Thirteen Big Green sports teams have released their list of recruits for the incoming Class of 2020. In total, 127 freshmen have been named as varsity athletes for next season. Of those, 31 are from the track and field and cross country teams and 35 are football players.

Sixteen women and 15 men will join the track and field and cross country teams next year. New Jersey led all states with four recruits, while New York, California and Massachusetts contributed three a piece. The Big Green also went overseas to bring in jumper Hendric Tronsson ’20 from Berlin and distance runner Georgia Fear ’20 from London.

Seven men and nine women from the Class of 2020 will join the swimming and diving team. Texas and New Jersey added two recruits each. Kaitlyn McCaw ’20 will come to Hanover from Buraneer, Australia.

Six tennis players, four women and two men, will join the tennis teams. Despite adding just one player from the Class of 2019 last season in Allison Chuang ’19, the women’s tennis team still managed to finished in second place in the Ivy League. The team, however, lost their four ’16s this year.

The field hockey team will add six players to its roster next season: Carmen Braceras ’20, Maddie Donahue ’20, Katie Persin ’20, Emma Plumb ’20, Katie Spanos ’20 and Jocelyn Wulf ’20.

For its second season at the Division I level, the rugby team will add seven new players, including six freshmen and one transfer student. Last season, Kat Ramage ’19 was the team’s first and only recruit at the varsity level.

The football team will add 35 players next season, hoping to continue its winning ways after taking home a share of the Ivy League title last year. Two of the team’s new recruits, Tanner Aiono ’20 and Anders Peterson ’20, were originally part of the Class of 2018 but took two-year missions for the Mormon church and deferred their enrollments.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams will add seven players each next year. The men’s team will look to defend its Ivy League title next season. Last year, two freshmen, Amadu Kunateh ’19 and Eduvie Ikoba ’19, led the team in scoring with four goals each. The team will look for similar contributions from this incoming group.

Five new players will be added to the volleyball team: Mariah Pardo ’20, Abby Kott ’20, Corinne Cox ’20, Carly Tower ’20 and Maddy Schoenberger ’20.

Seven new women’s hockey players will join the team next season. Four of the seven recruits are from Canada.

Several teams have not officially announced their new class of recruits but will do so in the coming months.