PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 6 Harvard women's fencing team finished third this weekend, Feb. 10-11 at the Ivy League Championships in Princeton, N.J. The Crimson split the weekend, tallying a 4-2 record over the course of the tournament. Harvard moves to 13-6 on the season.
Junior Gabrielle Tartakovsky topped Harvard in sabre with a 11-7 record and plus-17 touch differential, good for seventh in the standings. Junior Shawn Wallace and freshman Cindy Gao pulled through in epee for the Crimson, tapping in at the No. 2 and 3 spots with 16-2 and 15-3 records, respectively. In foil, Liana Henderson-Semel recorded an even 9-9 record.
The Crimson charged to a strong start with a 19-8 win over Brown. The epee squad tallied a 9-0 shut out over the Bears, while sabre battled to a 6-3 win. Next up, Harvard took down Penn 18-9 with another 9-0 sweep in epee lead by the efforts of Gao, Kukadia and Wallace. The Crimson rounded out play on Saturday pulling out a tight 14-13 victory over Yale.
On Sunday, Harvard started off the day with a 19-8 loss to No. 2 Columbia, despite a 6-3 win in epee. The Crimson quickly bounced back, defeating Cornell 17-10 with another commanding 8-1 victory for epee. Harvard finished the tournament falling to No. 5 Princeton, 18-9.
Harvard will have a quick turn around, heading to Brandeis on Feb. 14 for the Beanpot tournament. The Crimson will face host Brandeis, MIT and Boston College and go for its 11th Beanpot title.