Women’s Fencing Faces Wellesley on Wednesday

Game Info
Series Record
Last Meeting

Harvard vs. Wellesley
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Malkin Athletic Center   
Bill Spaulding, Eli  Dershwitz
Harvard (3-2 0-0 Ivy League)
Wellesley (5-9, 1-5 NE Fencing)
Harvard leads, 20-5
W, 27-0 (Dec. 3, 2015)
Game Program 

Senior co-captain Liana Yamin went 8-1 at the Tradition Tournament, finishing with a +25 touch differential (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's fencing team opens its home slate in a duel against Wellesley College on Wednesday Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. The meet will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's fencing team opened its 2016-17 campaign at the Tradition Tournament at Sacred Heart this past weekend. The team finished the weekend with a 3-2 overall record after facing competitors from Vassar, Penn State, Sacred Heart, Temple and NYU. Senior co-captain Adrienne Jarocki led the Crimson with a 14-1 record and a +34-touch differential in sabre. For epee, sophomore Shawn Wallace recorded an 11-4 record and a +31-touch differential. Senior co-captain, Liana Yamin led in foil with an 8-1 record and a +25-touch differential. 

Scouting Wellesley
The Blue return eight members of the 2015-16 squad, including junior sabre fencer Jasmine Davis who finished fifth at "the Big One" tournament, going 5-1 in pool competition before advancing to the top-16.  Wellesley added three members to their squad this year: Sarah Guise, Brie Maurer and Calla Nelles-Sager. 

In last year's duel, Harvard swept the Blue 27-0. Harvard leads Wellesley 20-5 in the all-time series.

Last Season
Harvard went 14-1 during the 2015-16 season, finishing seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships. The reigning national champion in sabre, senior Adrienne Jarocki earned first team All-America honors and a first-place overall finish going a combined 19-4 at the NCAA tournament and a tournament-best plus-35 touch differiental. Jarocki is joined by sophomore Shawn Wallace, who accumulated All-America honorable mention distinction with a 13-10 record at the NCAA Tournament.

Harvard returns 10 letterwinners from last year's squad: Sabre fencers Adrienne Jarocki and Gabby Tartakovsky, foil fencers Liana Henderson-Semel, Mackenzie Lawrence, Hali Nelson and Liana Yamin, and epee fencers Julia Carstens, Claire Dinhut, Sharon Ra, and Shawn Wallace

The Crimson welcome two freshmen to the squad: foil fencer Natalie Yang and sabre fencer Marta Lasota.

Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand enters his 19th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in each of the last 15 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won eight Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 231-70 record on the women's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard.

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Adrienne Jarocki and Liana Yamin have been chosen by their teammates as the Harvard women's fencing captains for the 2016-17 season. The duo of Jarocki and Yamin will serve as the third pair of two-time captains that has been elected by their teammates in Harvard women's fencing history. 

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. 

What's Next?
The team will take a break from action and will return on January 21st at St. John's against Columbia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and the host Red Storm.