April 17, 2016 — Hanover, NH: Greenwich High School (CT) flanker Owen Tedford, a graduate of the 2015 US Collegiate Development Showcase Camp, has been accepted early action to Princeton University as part of the Class of 2020. He is another in a long line of USCD graduates to go on to the Ivy League.
Tedford is a starter for the Cardinals’ rugby team, who are currently ranked 7th in the nation and coming off their eighth consecutive Connecticut state championship. A two-sport varsity athlete at Greenwich, Tedford also captains the ski team, serves as a youth football coach and sailing instructor, is the school orchestra’s principal violist and member of the National Honor Society, and was also recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction.
The summer before he began applying to colleges, Tedford attended the 2015 USCD Boys Showcase Camp at Dartmouth College, where he continued to hone his rugby skills under the tutelage of America’s top collegiate rugby coaches. At the UR7s and Jakl top-up skill clinics, Tedford took home valuable lessons from former international-level coaches and players.
"I was drawn to the USCD camp because it was my junior year and going into the application process, I knew it would be a good way to try to build relationships with schools that I was interested in attending,” said Tedford. "These were very important in the application process, because the coaches on campus could advocate for me as an applicant, as well as provide me with application tips.”
Tedford knew what he was looking for in his college search. "I was looking for a liberal arts school that would provide opportunities for doing independent research, and I also knew I wanted to play rugby at some level in college,” he said. "Lastly, I have a strong interest in history, and so I sought out universities that had particularly strong history departments."
Before applying, Tedford had a brief consultation with The Rugger’s Edge admissions counselor Karen Fong Donoghue about his target schools. After careful consideration, Tedford chose to apply early action to Princeton, and was accepted as one of just 785 students selected from a total of 4,229 applicants.
"Owen has a great future ahead of him, and we are all very happy he will be joining us in the fall,” remarked Rich Lopacki, Princeton’s Director of Rugby. "I thought the USCD camp provided a great venue for high school students to interact with college rugby coaches and learn more about all our rugby programs and universities."
While Tedford looks forward to stepping onto Rickerson Field with his new teammates this fall, he credits US Collegiate Development for his lack of jitters moving onto the next phase of his life as a student-athlete: “The camp gave me the confidence that any college rugby program I went to would be filled with good, upstanding kids who I would want to be around and spend time with off the pitch."