No. 9 Women’s Fencing Pursues NCAA Regional Championship

No. 9 Women’s Fencing Pursues NCAA Regional Championship

Gabby Tartakovsky has posted a plus-58 touch differential in sabre and 42 wins this season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the reigning national champion in sabre on their side, Harvard will send ten women fencers to New Haven, Connecticut to compete in the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Sunday, March 12, hosted by Yale. 

Last Time Out
The No. 9 Harvard women's fencing team earned its 10th Beanpot title February 15 at Boston College over Brandeis, MIT and host Boston College. Harvard has secured the Beanpot Trophy every year since the inception of the tournament in 2007. The Crimson opened the competition with a 23-4 win over MIT, and continued with a 21-6 triumph over Brandeis. The final match pitted the Crimson against Boston College for the tournament championship.  Harvard went on to a 16-11 victory over the Eagles.
Harvard Leaders by Weapon
Sabre: Adrienne Jarocki, 57-9, +177
Foil: Natalie Yang, 33-11, +71
Epee: Sharon Ra, 43-23, +60

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson will send Marta Lasota, Adrienne Jarocki, Gabby Tartakovsky to compete in sabre at NCAA Regionals. Jarocki is the reigning National Champion in women's sabre, earning the title with a 15-10 victory over Princeton's Gracie Stone. Jarocki is the sole fencer in Harvard history to earn the National Championship title twice.

Liana Yamin
, Hali Nelson, MacKenzie Lawrence and Natalie Yang will vie for the win in foil. Yamin boasts 29 wins this season and a plus-38 touch differential. The senior co-captain ranks 84th in the world for junior foil fencing, and will take the strip at the Absolute Fencing Gear Long Beach Foil Grand Prix next weekend, facing international opponents for the first time since 2013.
Shawn Wallace and Sharon Ra will compete for the title in epee. Ra currently leads the epee squad winning 65 percent of her bouts this season. The sophomore New City, New York native finished 23rd at the NCAA Championships in 2016.
About the NCAA Regionals
The 230 students competing represent some of the best collegiate fencers in the country, including some former and future Olympians, competing at the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional. Harvard finished sixth at the 2016 regional tournament.
Harvard has faced 13 of the 18 schools competing in the Northeast Regional, posting a 13-2 record against those competitors this season, most recently besting MIT, 24-3 at the Beanpot. 
The student-athletes hope to advance to the national championships on March 23-26 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.
All-Ivy League Accolades
Adrienne Jarocki was named to the All-Ivy first team along with teammate Natalie Yang. Marta Lasota and Sharon Ra were named to the second team.

Feeling Fine at Number Nine
In the most recent CollegeFencing360 poll, Harvard has been ranked at No. 9. This marks the 14th-consecutive season that the women's program has been ranked within the top 10. The women's team has been ranked in every CollegeFencing360 poll since 2005.

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 differential. Jarocki is joined by sophomore Shawn Wallace, who accumulated All-America honorable mention distinction with a 13-10 record at the NCAA Tournament.

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 242-77 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.

What's Next?
The NCAA Championships will be hosted by Indiana on March 25.