NEW HAVEN, Conn.- On day one of the Ivy League Championships, the No. 2 men's fencing team split the day going 1-1. The Crimson bested Yale 16-11, but fell during back-and forth bouts against No. 2 Columbia, 14-13.
In the first bout against Yale, the Crimson edged forward as the sabre squad captured an early 6-3 victory. In their quest to counter the Crimson offense, Cornell's epee team gained a 5-4 victory, but the Crimson's foil team secured the overall Harvard victory after posting a 6-3 record.
Concluding the day's events against No. 2 Columbia, Harvard continued to teeter with the Lions bringing six of the bouts to a 5-4 decision, in which saw Columbia victories. The sabre squad of Eli Dershwitz, Daniel Solomon and Jason Oh gave the Crimson a 6-3 lead before the Lions answered with their own 6-3 win in foil. Coming down to the epee bouts, the Lions jumped out to a 4-1 lead before the Crimson rallied back but ultimately fell in the deciding contest 5-4.
- Senior sabre fencer Eli Dershwitz swept all six of his opponents and tallied a +17-touch differential. Alongside Dershwitz, first-year Daniel Solomon lead the sabre fencers with a 5-1 record on the day.
- In foil, sophomore Geoffrey Tourette collected four victories and a +11-touch differential.
- Senior Albert Chien leads the Crimson in epee after collecting four wins and a touch differential of +5.
Harvard 16, No.8 Yale 11
Harvard 13, No.2 Columbia 14
The Crimson concludes Ivy League Championship play tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. with contests against No. 10 Penn, No. 5 Princeton and Brown.