ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

This is Harvard Fencing

• Harvard has a storied fencing history spanning more than a century. Harvard students formed the first organized collegiate fencing club in the United States in 1888.

• Harvard won the first-ever IFA Tournament, defeating Columbia in 1894, and topped the Lions again the following year for its second straight crown.

• Overall, Harvard has won 28 IFA crowns, most recently in 2008, when the men won the epee title.

• Twenty-One Harvard fencers have won IFA Championships with the most recent being Benjamin Ungar (epee) and Caroline Vloka (sabre) in 2009.

• Crimson fencers have won six NCAA titles--Jim O'Neill '88 captured the epee crown in 1987, Kwame van Leeuwen '94 claimed the foil in 1994, Emily Cross '08-09 won the foil in 2005, Benjamin Ungar '08-09 took the epee in 2006, Tim Hagamen '07 captured the sabre in 2007, Caroline Vloka '12 won the 2010 sabre national title and Alexandra Kiefer '14 claimed the foil crown in 2011.

• Harvard fencers have earned All-America honors on 80 occasions, spanning each of the past five decades.

• Harvard hosted the 1964 NCAAs and placed second as a team at the 1969 NCAA Championships, when it had two All-American selections. Harvard also hosted the 2010 NCAA Championships, when it had Caroline Vloka '12 win the national title in the women's sabre.

• The Crimson won the 2006 NCAA Championship.

• Seven Harvard fencers have gone on to the Olympic Games, including George Breed 1899, who was captain of the 1912 and 1924 U.S. teams.

•  During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Emily Cross '08 won the silver medal in the women's team foil, becoming the first-ever Harvard fencer to medal at the Olympics.

• Harvard fencing has produced seven Rhodes Scholars, as well as several Academic All-Americans and NCAA Post-graduate Scholars.

• Harvard competes in the Ivy League, the IFA, and the NCAA Championships.

• The Harvard coaching staff of Peter Brand, Geogang Wen, and Gamal Mahmoud have each mentored Olympians and other competitors who have been successful on an international stage.

• The stately Malkin Athletic Center--the home to Harvard fencing--is among the finest collegiate facilities in the country.

• Harvard's fencing success has carried into the 21st century. The Crimson sent both men's and women's competitors to the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAAs.