Crimson Tops Defending National Champion Penn State, Sweeps Sacred Heart Invitiational

Sophomore Elena Helgiu was part of the saber crew that led Harvard to a perfect day at the Sacred Heart Invitational Sunday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Harvard women's fencing team had two individuals lose just once all day Sunday and the team topped defending national champion Penn State in a successful competition at the Sacred Heart Invitational.

"We had a very good day," said Harvard head coach Peter Brand. "The Penn State team is national champions from last year, but we did pretty good."

Freshman Alexandra Kiefer fell once in the foil event and junior co-captain Hayley Levitt also lost one duel in the saber competition as the two led their team to a perfect 5-0 record, including a perfect, 27-0, shutout of North Carolina and a 16-11 defeat of defending national champion Penn State. Harvard won four of its five duals by 21 or more points Sunday.

"On the women's side it was the saber and foil squads that dominated all day," said Brand. "The quality of [Kiefer's and Levitt's] performance was the best on the women's side.

"The next competition in January is also going to be extremely difficult, but we're definitely starting on the right foot."

The Crimson returns to competition in 2011 at the St. John's Super Cup in Queens, N.Y., Jan. 23.

Harvard   24   NYU   3
Harvard   16   Penn State   11
Harvard   24   Vassar   3
Harvard   25   Sacred Heart   2
Harvard   27   North Carolina   0