First-Year Athletes to Watch: Part Two

Drew Eastland ‘21, Andrew Erler ‘22, & Ben Cutner ‘22

Sports writers

Men’s Basketball: Luka Brajkovic

Standing at 6’10”, Luka Brajkovic enjoys a view of the world that most people don’t. He joins the Davidson basketball team from Feldkirch, Austria, where he was a member of the U-18 National Team and played in the FIBA U-18 Championships. As the team gears up for their season, Brajkovic emphasized the task he had at hand as the team looked to recover from senior losses. “We as [first-years] have to be able to contribute right away.” The team looks to the NCAA tournament as a goal, and Brajkovic is confident he can be a difference maker in achieving that.

Women’s Basketball: Cassidy Gould

Cassidy Gould joins the Women’s Basketball team from Melbourne, Australia. The first in her family to play basketball, she started at age five. As a representative for Australia at the U-17’s Oceania Championships, Gould is no stranger to the big stage and brings a pedigree of experience to the team. This season, she hopes to continuously improve as a player and wants to help bring the team to an A-10 championship as they get ready to start up in early November.

Wrestling: Mitch Trigg

Mitch Trigg joins the Davidson wrestling team this winter all the way from Foley, MN. He has been wrestling for 13 years. At Foley High School, Trigg was a three-sport athlete for all four years, playing as a right tackle in football, throwing shotput on the track and field team, and wrestling as a heavyweight. During his junior year, he won the wrestling state tournament and placed second the following year. Trigg says he chose Davidson because of the academic reputation, a deep trust in the coach, and a desire to pair up against other Division 1 wrestlers.

Men’s Swimming: Thacher Scannell

Thacher Scannell was a standout swimmer at Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT, and for the Greenwich Marlins, his club team. Scannell was named an All American this past season by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. For Davidson, Scannell will split time between backstroke and freestyle, likely in the 200 and 500 meter disciplines. Scannell said the team is already operating as “one big strong unit,” pointing to strong senior leadership and the work ethic and determination of the first-year class.

Women’s Swimming: Hope Carpenter

Hope Carpenter was an All-State and Scholastic All-American swimmer at Ragsdale High School in Greensboro, NC. Carpenter specializes in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke. Carpenter says she is best in the 100 meter, but that it is a “terrifying” event because “one mistake can mess up an entire race.” This past season, Carpenter was a finalist in the 100 meter backstroke at the NCHSAA 4A state championships. For Carpenter, transitioning from high school to college athletics and academics has been “tough, but a good tough.” She is excited for the coming season and to contribute to the team.

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