No. 4 Women’s Fencing Set for Ivy League Championships

Senior Itzkowitz heads into the championship with an undefeated record, 18-0 (Gil Talbot).  

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard fencing travels to Ithaca, New York to compete in the Ivy League Championships from Feb. 6-7, hosted by Cornell. Live results will be posted as the event proceeds throughout both days on the Ivy League website. 

Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time. 

About the Ivy League Championships
Harvard men's and women's fencing have combined for a total of 12 Ivy League titles, where the men have tallied nine of the 12. The men have also won the trophy three years running. The women on the other hand last won the championship in 2009 but tied for second last year with Penn and Princeton. 

Schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 6 Strips 1-4 Strips 5-8 Strips 9-12
Round 1 -11:00 a.m.

Round 2 - 1:15 p.m.
Round 3 - 2:45 p.m.
Round 4 - 4:15 p.m.

Columbia vs. Cornell

Penn vs. Cornell
Cornell vs. Yale
Harvard vs. Brown
Brown vs. Penn
Break - 12:30 p.m.
Princeton vs. Columbia
Harvard vs. Princeton
Penn vs. Princeton
Yale vs. Harvard

Brown vs. Yale
Penn vs. Columbia
Yale vs. Columbia
Sunday, Feb. 7      
Round 5 – 10:00 a.m.
Round 6 – 11:30 a.m.
Break – 1:00 p.m.
Round 7 – 1:45 p.m.

Cornell vs. Harvard
Brown vs. Cornell

Cornell vs. Princeton

Princeton vs. Brown
Columbia vs. Harvard

Harvard
vs. Penn 
Awards Ceremony - 3:30 p.m.

Yale vs. Penn
Princeton vs. Yale

Columbia vs. Brown

 Series vs. the Ivy League

School Record Last Played Score Streak
vs. Brown
vs. Columbia
vs. Cornell
vs. Penn
vs. Princeton
vs. Yale 
24-4, Harvard leads
32-9, Harvard trails
25-9, Harvard leads
14-21, Harvard trails
13-19, Harvard trails
15-24, Harvard trails 
Feb. 8, 2015
Feb. 8, 2015
Feb. 9, 2015
Feb. 8, 2015
Feb. 9, 2015
Feb. 8, 2015  
21-6, W
17-10, L
22-5, W
17-10, W
12-15, L
23-4, W 

W7
L2
W20
W6
L6
W12 

Last Time Out
The women's fencing team dominated the strips at the Tradition Tournament hosted by Sacred Heart by posting five-straight victories over Vassar (23-4), Penn State (18-9), Sacred Heart (22-5), Temple (17-10), and NYU (22-5). Junior Adrienne Jarocki and senior Aliya Itzkowitz, both saber fencers, led the women in defeating all 15 of their opponents. 

In the Ranks
*as of Jan. 29, 2016

Women
1.    Columbia
2.    Notre Dame
3.    Princeton
4.    Harvard
5.    Northwestern
6.    Ohio State
7.    St. John's
8.    Pennsylvania
9.    Penn State
10.  Temple

Jan. 15: No. 4 Harvard

Men
1.    Columbia
2.    Notre Dame
3.    Pennsylvania
4.    Penn State
5.    Harvard
6.    St. John's
7.    Ohio State
8.    Princeton
9.    Duke
10.  Stanford

Jan. 15: No. 4 Harvard

Related Link: CollegeFencing360.com Fencing Coaches Poll

By the Numbers
Eleven student-athletes sport a record above .500, with four winning 10 or more bouts. The team has combined to win 84 individual matches, putting its winning percentage at .724.

Fencer Weapon Record Winning %
Aliya Itzkowitz
Adrienne Jarocki
Liana Yamin
Shawn Wallace
MacKenzie Lawrence
Hali Nelson
Gabby Tartakovsky
Hellary Zhang
Liana Henderson-Semel
Sharon Ra
Julia Carstens 

Saber
Saber
Foil
Epee
Foil
Foil
Saber
Foil
Foil
Epee
Epee 

18-0
18-0
6-0
17-1
8-1
10-2
14-4
9-3
7-3
11-6
1-1 
1.000
1.000
1.000
.944
.889
.833
.778
.750
.700
.647
.500 

Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand is in his 17th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in the last 14 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won seven Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 216-67-1 record on the women's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard. 

Last Season
Harvard went 13-5-1 during the 2014-15 season, finishing seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships. On the women's side, returners Adrienne Jarocki earned first team All-America honors for the second-straight season along with Aliya Itzkowitz who received All-America honorable mention. Harvard returns six letterwinners from last year's squad: Sabre fencers Aliya Itzkowitz, Adrienne Jarocki, foil fencers Mackenzie Lawrence, Hali NelsonLiana YaminHellary Zhang

Fresh Faces
Harvard added four women freshmen to the 2015-16 roster including Liana Henderson-Semel (foil), Sharon Ra (epee), Gabby Tartakovsky (sabre) and Shawn Wallace (epee). 

Aye Aye, Captain
Adrienne Jarocki '17 and Liana Yamin '17 were named the captains for the 2015-16 campaign. 

Coming Up
The men and women will host the first Beanpot against include MIT, Boston College, and Brandeis at the Malkin Athletic Center on Feb. 10 starting at 6 p.m. It will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network and Bill Spaulding, Chris Bosherini, and assistant coach Michael Brand will be commentating the event.