National Champion! Jarocki Wins Second Women’s Saber Title, Harvard Sits Sixth After Day 1 of NCAA Championship

National Champion! Jarocki Wins Second Women’s Saber Title, Harvard Sits Sixth After Day 1 of NCAA Championship

Jarocki earns second-career title in third appearance at the NCAA Championship (Photo: Billie Weiss). 

WALTHAM, Mass. – Junior saber fencer Adrienne Jarocki was named the NCAA Champion after the two-day event at Brandeis University on Friday, March 25. 

After the first two days of competition, Harvard sits in sixth place overall with 61 points and a minus-29 touch differential. The women's saber quad earned a total of 29 points, while the epee and foil fencers totaled 18 and 14 points, respectively. 

Jarocki earned first team All-America honors and a first-place overall finish, going a combined 19-4 at the tournament. The Middle Village, New York native went 12-3 in day one of the competition leading the pack with a plus-35 touch differential. Rounds four and five saw the junior go 7-1. In the championship round, Jarocki faced Princeton's Gracie Stone jumping out early and continuing pressuring Stone. The bout ended with Jarocki clinching the title with a 15-10 victory. 

"Having the upset my sophomore year actually makes this win that much sweeter," stated Jarocki after the win. "I was able to put last year in the past and get ahead in this one. The NCAA Championship is a marathon, so being able to push through it is the key." 

Teammate Aliya Itzkowitz finished day one in 23rd place, but improved to 15th after a strong second-day showing improving to 10-13 overall with a minus-5 touch differential. 

In the epee bouts, Harvard saw freshman Shawn Wallace claim ninth in her first appearance at the event with a 13-10 record and a minus-1 touch differential accumulating her first All-America honorable mention accolade. Sharon Ra tallied a 5-18 overall record for a 23rd-place finish in the foil standings. 

Fencing foil, sophomore MacKenzie Lawrence ended the two-day event in 14th place as she recorded a 10-13 mark, while freshman Liana Henderson-Semel tallied 22nd at the championship. 

The men's team takes the stage to close out the NCAA Championships March 26-27 at Brandeis. Michael Woo, Alexander Ryjik and Stephen Mageras qualified for the Crimson.