WALTHAM, Mass. – The No. 2 Harvard men's fencing team sent 10 team members to compete in the NCAA Northeast Regionals tonight, March 11, hosted by Brandeis. Within six top-10 finishes across the three divisions, freshman Geoffrey Tourette claimed gold for the Crimson in foil with his first-place finish.
Tourette claimed the men's highest ranking, placing first after recording an overall 20-3 record and plus-66 touch differential. Seeded first in men's foil, the freshman opened the tournament unscathed with a perfect 6-0 mark and resounding plus-24 touch differential. Tourette continued to dominate in his final pool of the day, tallying 10 wins with only one loss to clinch the gold medal for Harvard.
George Haglund cracked the top-10 in the foil category as well, notching an eighth-place finish. Haglund posted a positive 4-3 record in his first round of competition at a plus-13 touch variance. The sophomore reached the final pool of the tournament, tallying five wins to contribute to a split even 12-12 overall record.
Erwin Cai, Eli Dershwitz and Phillipe Guy took to the strip for the Crimson in men's sabre, all placing within the top-10. Dershwitz claimed the highest ranking of the three, recording a fourth-place overall finish. Seeded at No. 1 in men's sabre, the junior co-captain registered back-to-back perfect 6-0 sweeps in his first two rounds of competition. The final round saw Dershwitz pick up seven more wins at plus-13, totaling a plus-46 and 19-4 mark for the tournament.
Epee squad member Charles Horowitz rounded out the Harvard men's fencers in the top-10 as he finished sixth in his division. After receiving a bye in the first round, Horowitz charged to a 4-2 record with a plus-seven touch variance to begin competition. The freshman advanced to the next round where he posted identical marks, before tallying five additional wins in this final pool to bring his overall record to 13-10.
The NCAA will release the names of the student-athletes advancing to the NCAA Championships on Tuesday, March 13. Those who qualify will prepare for the NCAA Championships at Penn State on March 21.