Harvard Hosts Ivy League Fencing Championships at Gordon Indoor Track March 2-3
The Harvard men's and women's fencing teams are hosting the 2013 Ivy League Championships March 2-3 in the Gordon Track.
The championships were originally slated for Feb. 9-10, but were postponed because of winter storm Nemo.
Adult: $8 (event pass); $5 (one-day ticket)
Children (under 12) & Students (with valid ID): $5 (event pass); $3 (one-day ticket)
Saturday, Mar. 2: 1:15 pm: Harvard vs. Yale
Saturday, Mar. 2: 2:45 pm: Cornell vs. Harvard
Saturday, Mar. 2: 4:15 pm: Columbia vs. Harvard
Sunday, Mar. 3: 10:00 am: Harvard vs. Brown
Sunday, Mar. 3: 11:30 am: Harvard vs. Princeton
Sunday, Mar. 3: 1:45 pm: Penn vs. Harvard
Rank and File
The fencing coaches poll released on Feb. 23 have the Harvard men ranked as the No. 6 team in the country and the women ranked as the No. 9 team. The men are one of four Ivy League schools to be ranked, with Princeton being voted No. 4, Pennsylvania being voted No. 7, and Yale being voted No. 10 . However, Brown also received votes to be ranked and provide stiff competition for the Crimson in the leagues upcoming tournament. The women's squad is also one of four Ivy League schools to be ranked, as Princeton is voted No. 3, Columbia has been voted the No. 6 team, and Pennsylvania is ranked No. 2 team. Cornell, Brown, and Yale's women's fencing teams all received votes and will look to prove that they deserve to be ranked by performing well in this weekend's Ivy League Championship.
Kolasa and Company
Senior leader Thomas Kolasa was one of the Crimson's more impressive fencers in the St. John's Invitational and Beanpot. Sharing the team's lead with ten victories in the sabre, he looks for help from a talented cast of fencers to improve on the teams second place finish at the Ivy League Championship last February.
Junior co-captain Alexandra Kiefer led Harvard with a 13-2 record in the women's foil, going 3-0 in three matches at the St. John's Invitational. Kiefer also posted a perfect 9-0 record at the Beanpot in the foil. At the St. John's Invitational the team overall lost five close matches, as it faced some of the top competition in the country, but responded quickly by sweeping the Beanpot. With the help of Nina van Loon and Emma Vaggo in the women's epee, as well as Aliya Itzkowitz in the women's sabre, the Crimson look to make a run at winning the Ivy league Fencing Championship this weekend.
The No. 6 men's fencing team and the No. 8 women's fencing team both enter the Ivy League Championship with the men being 8-5 and the women having a record of 8-6.
After a hard fought second place finish last year at the Ivy League Championship, the Harvard men's fencing team looks to capture its second Ivy League title in three years. The Crimson began the season by defeating Vassar (11-15), North Carolina (4-6), NYU (7-16), Sacred Heart, and No. 7 Columbia (11-5). The Crimson then struggled, losing four consecutive and five out of their next seven contests. The team rebounded well by beating MIT (14-10), Brandeis (14-9), and Boston College (0-7) to claim the Beanpot Championship. To continue their winning ways the team will look to Thomas Kolasa and Alexander Ryjik to maintain their dominance with the sabre. Also, underclassmen Brian Kaneshige and Jerry Chang will both have to continue their successful seasons with the foil. With some of the toughest competition they will face all season, Harvard's men fencing team looks to make a statement in the upcoming Ivy League Fencing Championships.
The women fencers began the 2012-2013 season by defeating talented opponents which included North Carolina (5-7), NYU (9-16), Sacred Heart, Vassar (10-18), and Tufts (4-3). However, after the impressive start, the team began to falter losing five straight close matches at the St. John's Invitational. The team showed great resilience by beating MIT (15-12), Brandeis (16-11), and Boston College (3-5) to earn the Beanpot Championship. Harvard has had outstanding play from both upperclassmen and freshmen. Co-captains Katherine Chou and Alexandra Kiefer have both had exceptional performances in the foil and look to continue to display good leadership for their fellow teammates. Freshmen Nina van Loon, who competes with the epee, and Aliya Itskowitz, with the sabre, look to continue their winning ways after both had impressive showings at the St. John's Invitational and Beanpot.
Brown's men's fencing team enters the tournament coming off of a dominant performance where it defeated Haverford, Yeshiva, Stevens, Hunter, NYU and Duke.
Brown's women's squad fencing most recently defeated Haverford, Yeshiva, Stevens, Hunter, NYU and Duke, in which many of the contests were decided by a wide margin. The team will look to senior Avery Nackman, who competes with the foil, for senior leadership and to improve on their fifth place finish from last year.
Columbia has been won 34 titles in the 74 years the championship has been played. The Lions will rely heavily on a talented freshman class that has made big contributions throughout the season.
The women's fencing team is 15-2 record and ranked the No. 3 team in the country.
Penn's men's fencing team currently has a 17-1 record and beat No. 9 ranked Duke.
Coming off four straight victories at the Eric Sollee Invitational, the Penn's women's fencing team looks to continue their dominant ways against their rivals in the Ivy League.
Reigning Ivy League champion, the Tigers of Princeton look to repeat as victors and win their third title in four years.
The Princeton women's fencing team currently hold the No. 1 ranking in the country.
The Yale Bulldogs men fencing team has had strong performances by junior epee Peter Cohen as well as from senior leader Nate Benzimra, who competes with the saber.
The Yale women's fencing has won three of its four matches.
Cornell's women's fencing team enter the tournament with a 16-3 record and a four game winning streak.