Pictured: Ben White earned a spot on the All-Ivy League
first team in his first collegiate season.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- The Harvard men's and women's fencing teams picked up three wins at the Ivy League Championships, Part II, and suffered three losses. Valentin Staller led the team with a perfect 9-0 record in the sabre while Noam Mills posted eight wins in the epee on the day. Harvard placed five fencers on the All-Ivy League first team and three on the second team. Staller and Ben White made it from the men's squad while Mills, Shelby MacLeod and Caroline Vloka represented the women's squad on the first team. Thomas Kolasa, James Hawrot and Karl Harmenberg all earned a spot on the All-Ivy League second team.
Harvard cruised past Brown in a convincing fashion on both sides. The Crimson women rolled to a 24-3 victory while the men posted a 20-7 win in the opening round of the Ivy League Championships, Part II. The men claimed 8-1 victories in the sabre and epee while the Bears edged the Crimson 5-4 in the foil. The women earned 8-1 decisions in all three weapons.
In round six of the Ivy League Championships, Part II, the Harvard men rolled past Columbia 21-6 while the women suffered their second conference loss, a 14-13 decision to the Lions. The men won all three weapons against Columbia, sweeping the foil, earning a 7-2 win in the epee and edging the Lions 5-4 in the sabre. On the women's side, Harvard dropped the epee 5-4 and the sabre 7-2 but clinched the foil 7-2 in the loss.
In the final round of the weekend, both squads lost to Princeton. The Harvard men bowed 18-9 and the women narrowly fell 14-13. The men claimed a 5-4 win in the sabre but the Tigers picked up 7-2 victories in the foil and epee. On the women's side, the Crimson slipped past Princeton 5-4 in the sabre and foil. However, the Tigers won six bouts to Harvard's three to clinch the match. Princeton captured the Ivy League title in both the men's and women's competitions.
The Harvard women's squad concluded Ivy League Championships with a 3-3 record. The men's squad went 3-2 against Ancient Eight opponents.
The Crimson will compete at the NCAA Regionals, held in Providence, R.I., March 14.