IVY CHAMPS! Women’s Fencing Earns Share of Conference Crown

Women fencers capture fourth title Sunday afternoon (Ivy League).

ITHACA, N.Y- The Harvard women's fencing team finished tied for first along with Princeton and Columbia at the Ivy League Championships, hosted by Cornell, Sunday afternoon. All three teams concluded the two-day event with a 5-1 record, as the Crimson earned its fourth conference crown in program history and first since 2009.

"We did what we came to do," stated Harvard head coach Peter Brand. "It has been a long time coming, and we are happy the women won since their third title in 2009."

Junior Adrienne Jarocki finished first among all saber fencers with a 17-1 mark, while senior Aliya Itzkowitz tallied a 14-4 record following Jarocki in the standings in that weapon. Both fencers were named to the All-Ivy League first team after remarkable performances at the event.

Gabby Tartakovsky, also saber fencer, was named to the All-Ivy second team after her sixth-place overall finish, with a mark of 12-6. Epee fencer Shawn Wallace completed the Crimson's list of All-Ivy members with her 13-5 overall record at the championships, as she also garnered a second-team nod.

Harvard started out day two with a 18-9 victory over Cornell. The saber squad recorded the best mark of the weapons with a 7-2 record compared to the foil's 5-4 and epee's 6-3.

The Crimson fell, 19-8, in the second bout to Columbia, with the Harvard saber fencers finishing with a record of 5-4.

Harvard fought past Penn as the saber fencers dominated the strips again with an 8-1 mark. Jarocki and Itzkowitz posted undefeated records.

The men and women will host the Beanpot against MIT, Boston College and Brandeis at the Malkin Athletic Center on Wednesday, 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 announcing the event.

Harvard def. Cornell, 18-9     
Saber:
Aliya Itzkowitz, 3-0
Adrienne Jarocki, 2-1
Gabby Tartakovsky, 2-1

Foil:
Hellary Zhang, 2-1
Hali Nelson, 0-3
Liana Yamin, 3-0

Epee:
Sharon Ra, 2-1
Shawn Wallace, 2-1
Claire Dinhut, 2-1

Columbia def. Harvard, 19-8    
Saber:
Aliya Itzkowitz, 0-3
Adrienne Jarocki, 3-0
Gabby Tartakovsky, 1-2

Foil:
MacKenzie Lawrence, 1-2
Liana Henderson-Semel, 0-3
Liana Yamin, 0-3

Epee:
Sharon Ra, 0-3
Shawn Wallace, 1-2
Claire Dinhut, 1-2

Harvard def. Penn, 16-11
Saber:
Adrienne Jarocki, 3-0
Gabby Tartakovsky, 2-1
Aliya Itzkowitz, 3-0

Foil:
Liana Henderson-Semel, 2-1
Liana Yamin, 0-2
MacKenzie Lawrence, 2-1
Hellary Zhang, 0-1

Epee:
Shawn Wallace, 1-2
Claire Dinhut, 1-2
Sharon Ra, 2-1