En Garde: Harvard Set to Host 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships

En Garde: Harvard Set to Host 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships

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The Particulars:
Harvard will serve as the host institution for the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships, March 25-28. The Crimson will be represented by 12 fencers at the event.

Historically Speaking:
Harvard University has hosted the national fencing championships three times; 1964 (men’s only), 2001 and 2010.

Follow From Home:
The NCAA will be publishing up-to-date results of the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships on its website. The NCAA will also be publishing video highlights and photos to the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships official website.

Schedule of Events:
The 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships gets underway Thursday, March 25, with the women’s rounds 1-4. The women’s rounds 5-7 will be held Friday, March 26. Rounds 1-4 in the men’s competition will take place Saturday, March 27. On Sunday, March 28, the men’s rounds 5-7 will be held. The gold medal bouts for the women’s competitions will be held Friday, March 26, and the men’s bouts will take place Sunday, March 28. The team championship will be awarded on Sunday, March 28, to the squad that accrues the most points over the four-day event. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

Last Time Out:
Harvard garnered 11 fencers in the top 10 of their respective weapons. James Hawrot claimed first in the epee while Karl Harmenberg took third. Caroline Vloka and Noam Mills each picked up second place finishes in the sabre and epee, respectively. Tommasso di Robilant finished in second in the foil for the men while Hao Meng was right behind him for third.

About Harvard:
The Crimson men owned a 14-7 record on the season and went 3-2 in the Ivy League while the women posted a 15-8 overall record and 3-3 mark in the conference. Harvard finished tied for second-place in the Ancient Eight on the men’s side and in fourth on the women’s side. The Crimson also had eight team members earn All-Ivy League accolades at the Ivy League Championships.  Shelby MacLeod, Noam Mills, Valentin Staller, Caroline Vloka and Ben White were all tabbed to the All-Ivy League first team. Karl Harmenberg, James Hawrot and Thomas Kolasa were named to the All-Ivy League second team.

Going for the Gold:
Harvard’s only national team title came in 2006 and the program has produced five national champions. Jim O’Neill ’88 captured the program’s first individual title, claiming the 1987 epee crown. Kwame van Leeuwen ’94 took home the 1994 foil title. In 2006, Benjamin Ungar ’08-09 took the epee crown and Tim Hagamen ’07 won the sabre a year later.
The Harvard women’s team has had one fencer capture an individual championship, Emily Cross ’09 claimed the 2005 foil title.

Last Year’s NCAA’s:
The Crimson sent nine fencers to the 2009 NCAA Championships, held in State College, Pa. As a team, Harvard garnered a fifth-place finish and four fencers were All-America honorees. In their first season, Noam Mills and Caroline Vloka won silver medals in the epee and sabre, respectively. Emily Cross ’09 picked up a third-place finish in the foil. Benjamin Ungar ’08-09 was the only fencer from the men’s squad to achieve All-America honors in 2009, placing third in the epee.

Well Qualified:
Harvard will have 12 fencers competing at the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships. On the women’s side, Noam Mills and Felicia Sun qualified in the epee while Shelby MacLeod and Artemisha Goldfeder will compete in the foil. Elena Helgiu and Caroline Vloka will represent the Crimson in the sabre.

The men will be represented by James Hawrot and Karl Harmenberg in the epee, Tommasso di Robilant and Hao Meng in the foil and Michael Tom and Valentin Staller in the sabre.

Harvard is one of five schools to qualify the maximum number of fencers.

House Advantage:
Collectively, Harvard is 11-2 on home soil this season. The men went 4-2 at the Harvard Invititonal, Nov. 29. The women’s squads boasts a perfect 7-0 record at home this season. The Crimson earned six victories at the Harvard Invitational, Nov. 29, and downed Tufts, Dec. 3.

Route 56:
Harvard fencers have earned All-America status on 56 occasions over the past five decades. The first fencer to garner All-America honors was John Smith ’51, who tied for fifth in the epee in 1951. The Crimson had four fencer earn All-American accolades at the 2009 NCAA Fencing Championships. Caroline Vloka and Noam Mills placed second in the sabre and epee, respectively, in their first season. Emily Cross ’08-09 took home a third-place finish in the foil. Benjamin Ungar ’08-09 was the only All-American from the men’s team, as he grabbed third in the epee competition. All four fencers earned spots on the first-team.

This is Harvard Fencing:
Harvard has a storied fencing history spanning more than a century. Harvard students formed the first organized collegiate fencing club in the United States in 1888. The Crimson won the first two IFA Championships in 1894 and 1895.

Seven Harvard fencers have represented their native countries in the Olympics.

Harvard fencing has produced seven Rhodes Scholars as well as several Academic All-Americans and NCAA Post-Graduate Scholars.

Honor Society:
The Crimson has had three fencers named to the national weekly honor roll, presented by CollegeFencing360.com, this season. Caroline Vloka earned a spot on the Feb. 22 honor roll after posting a 9-0 record at the Ivy League Championships, Part I. Shelby MacLeod and Valentin Staller grabbed spots on the March 1 list after posting impressive records at the Ivy League Championships, Part II.

Gordon Indoor Track:
The subject of numerous television programs and magazine articles, the Albert H. Gordon Track contains a six-lane banked oval with an adjacent 80-yard sprint straight. Inside the track are two long and triple jump pits, a pole vault runway and multiple high jump aprons. Adjacent to the oval are two throwing circles and a weight lifting cage. Special devices allow hammer, discus, and javelin practice indoors.  

Three Beans:
The Beanpot has been held the past three years and Harvard has captured all three titles. Boston College, Brandeis, Harvard and MIT vie for annual Beantown bragging rights. The Crimson claimed this year’s crown after defeating all three opponents on the men’s and women’s side.

Poll Position:
The Crimson men’s and women’s teams are each in the latest USFCA National Rankings. The men were ranked No. 6 while the women were the No. 9 team in the country.

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