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Kiefer, Vaggo Earn Medals for Second Straight Year at NCAA Regional

The Crimson captured two medals, including Emma Vaggo's (right) silver, at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Sunday (Gil Talbot).

QUEENS, N.Y. -- Sophomore Emma Vaggo and junior Alexandra Kiefer captured their second straight medal at a regional tournament to highlight the Harvard women's fencing team performance at the 2013 NCAA Northeast Regional hosted by St. John's University on Sunday.

Vaggo dismantled her competition in the epee all day, achieving a record of 20-3 (+47) on the way to the podium. St. John's Alina Ferdman edged Vaggo by one win in the final round for gold and Columbia's Diana Tsinis took home bronze. Teammates Nina van Loon and Felecia Sun also finished in the top-10, ending the day in seventh and ninth.

Kiefer was nearly untouchable on her way to the medal round in the women's foil. The third year entered the final stage a perfect 12-0 (+50), but it was Jackie Dubrovich of Columbia who walked away without a loss and claimed gold. Kiefer collected the bronze, going 20-3 (+72) at the regional. Evgeniya Kirpicheva of St. John's earned silver.

The Crimson secured a pair of top-10 finishes in the women's sabre, as Aliya Itzkowitz and Kara Lee took fifth and sixth, respectively. Itzkowitz posted a strong mark of 17-7 (+43) and Lee did well on the day at 14-9 (+9). Teammate Elena Helgiu narrowly missed cracking the top-10 with an 11th place finish.

Selections for the NCAA Championship March 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas, will be finalized Tuesday.