PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard men's fencers Erwin Cai, Eli Dershwitz, Duncan Rheingans-Yoo and Geoffrey Tourette have received All-Ivy honors, earning a place on the All-Ivy first team after the 2018 Ivy League Championships as announced by the league today. Harvard has now placed at least one member on an All-Ivy team in each of the last 25 years.
Junior co-captain Eli Dershwitz was named first team All-Ivy for the third time in his career. Dershwitz, the 2016 NCAA Champion in sabre, took home the individual crown at the Ivy League Championships last weekend, Feb. 10-11. The Sherborn, Mass. native topped all sabre fencers in the tournament with a 14-1 record and plus-47 touch differential. Dershwitz is having an outstanding year, already earning two gold medals at Senior World Cup tournaments in the past three months.
Freshman Geoffrey Tourette was the second men's fencer to take home an individual title at the Ivy League Championships last weekend, walking away with the crown in foil. Tourette had a standout performance in his first Ivy League tournament appearance, registering a perfect 15-0 record and plus-46 touch differential. Tourette improves his overall touch variance to a team-leading plus-115.
Erwin Cai was also named to the All-Ivy first team after posting a 13-2 record and plus-36 touch differential, good for second place in sabre behind Dershwitz. In the 2017-18 season, Cai has posted a triumphant 33-10 record at plus-66. This is Cai's first All-Ivy recognition of his career.
Duncan Rheingans-Yoo found himself a place on the All-Ivy first team as well for the first time in his career. At the Ivy League tournament, Rheingans-Yoo rounded out the top-three foil fencers behind Tourette with a 10-5 record and plus-15 touch variance. This performance places the sophomore in fourth on the Crimson's line up at plus-77 and 46-15.
Peter Brand, head coach of the Harvard men's and women's fencing teams, has also been named the Ivy League Men's Co-Coach of the Year, as announced by the league Tuesday morning. Brand is in his 20th season with the Crimson and previously won the award for the first time in 2015.
Brand most recently led Harvard to a first-place victory at the Ivy League Championships last weekend, Feb. 10-11, where the Crimson claimed a share of the crown with Columbia and Penn. The win marks the 10th Ivy League title for the men in program history, and eighth under the reign of Brand. Brand coached four Harvard fencers to the All-Ivy first team at the 2018 tournament, bringing his total to 40 in his career with the Crimson.
Brand has coached the men to one of their best seasons yet, securing a No. 1 ranking in the College Fencing 360 poll for two weeks straight in the month of February, its highest placement since the 2007 season. The Crimson currently holds a 14-2 overall record, moving to 4-1 in Ivy play last weekend.
Harvard will compete in the annual Beanpot tournament today, Feb. 14 at MIT, where the Crimson will vie for its 11th straight first-place finish.