Freshman Dakota Root earned a spot on the Ivy League second team in her first year at the championship (photo courtesy of IvyLeagueSports.com)
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women's fencing team raked in five all-Ivy League awards Sunday and finished third behind two of the country's top six teams at the Ivy League Championship hosted by Princeton.
Junior Caroline Vloka and freshman Alexandra Kiefer earned first team all-Ivy League honors in the saber and foil, respectively. Vloka went 16-2 over the two-day event to share the saber individual title with Columbia's Loweye Diedro and Princeton's Eliza Stone. Kiefer went 15-3 to finish second behind Nzingha Prescod of Columbia.
Sophomore Katherine Chou and junior Shelby Macleod landed on the Ivy League's second team for foil, while freshman Dakota Root earned a second team nod in epee at her first championship as part of the Crimson. Harvard's foil squad went unbeaten during the two-day Ivy League Championship, going 6-0 to lead the team to a 4-2 record in the round-robin duals format.
The Crimson defeated Brown, 23-4, topped rival Yale, 17-10, and fell to No. 6 Columbia, 15-12, to wrap up the competition. Host and fourth-ranked Princeton successfully defended its 2010 title with a perfect 6-0 record for its first back-to-back titles since 2000-01.
Harvard will next compete in the Beanpot Wednesday in Waltham, Mass.