National Champion!: Vloka Wins Sabre Title at NCAA Fencing Championships

National Champion!: Vloka Wins Sabre Title at  NCAA Fencing Championships

Pictured: Sophomore Caroline Vloka (center) won the national title in the sabre.
Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Caroline Vloka of the Harvard women’s fencing team captured the national title in the sabre, becoming the Crimson’s second female national champion in program history.  Sophomore Noam Mills placed second in the epee, helping Harvard sit in fifth place after two days of competition with 75 victories.

Vloka earned her second straight All-America first-team honors, as she earned 19 wins en route to her first-place finish.  Vloka, who entered Friday in fifth, boasted a +42 indicator rating, collecting 102 touches in the preliminary rounds to receive the third seed in the semifinal round. 

In the semifinals, she faced Margarita Tschomakova of Ohio State and earned a 15-10 win to advance to the national final for the second consecutive year.  Vloka fenced Duke’s Rebecca Ward in the championship bout, a rematch of last year’s final. Vloka got the better of her opponent this time around, as she scored a 15-13 victory, earning the national crown.  Vloka became Harvard’s first female national champion since Emily Cross ’08-09 captured the foil title in 2005.   

Mills clinched All-America first-team honors for the second year in a row after claiming first place in the preliminaries in the epee. The sophomore posted 21 victories in the preliminaries, while scoring an indicator rating of +54.  Mills, the No. 1 seed in the semifinals, fenced Penn State’s Anastasia Ferdmann, the fourth seed.  Mills earned a sudden victory against Ferdmann, winning 8-7, allowing her to grab a spot in the championship.  In the finals, Mills dropped her match to Penn State’s Margherita Guzzi Vincenti by a score of 15-10.

Sophomore Shelby MacLeod claimed a 11th place finish in the foil while senior Artemisha Goldfeder placed 12th. Both fencers earned All-America Honorable Mention status. For Goldfeder, this marks the second time in her career that she received All-America honorable mention, after placing 10th in the foil competition in her freshman campaign. MacLeod garners All-America honorable mention status for the first time in her career.

Also competing for the Crimson, freshman Elena Helgiu finished 21st in the sabre, as she won six bouts at the event.  Freshman Felicia Sun placed 21st in the epee, picking up five victories. 

Action resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m., as the men’s competition will begin. St. John's stands in first place with 92 points, while Notre Dame (91) and Penn State (90) are second and third, respectively. 

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