Posted: Mar 12, 2017
The senior co-captain is the reigning national champion in women's sabre (Gil Talbot).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 9 Harvard women's fencing team sent nine members of the team to compete in the NCAA Regional Championships, hosted by Yale. The 230 students that competed this weekend represent some of the best collegiate fencers in the country, including some former and future Olympians, competing at the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional.
First up, Sharon Ra and Shawn Wallace competed in the women's epee event. In the first round, Ra commanded the strip, tallying a 4-2 record, allowing her to advance to the second round. Ra saw competitors from Yale, MIT, Brown and St. John's in the second round, finishing with a 4-2 record and a plus-2 touch differential. In the final round of 12 grouping, Ra earned four victories and finished ninth overall.
Wallace dominated the strip in her first round, tallying a 4-2 record and a plus-6 touch differential to advance to the next round. Wallace was challenged by her competitors in the second round, earning two victories and was unable to advance to the final 12. Wallace finished the competition ranked 15th out of 45 competitors.
Harvard sent Adrienne Jarocki, Marta Lasota and Gabby Tartakovsky to compete in the women's sabre event. Jarocki kicked things off for the Crimson, sweeping her first round, 6-0, while earning a plus-19 touch differential. Jarocki moved on to the second round, and continued her on her unbeaten streak. Jarocki earned six wins in the second round and a plus-20 touch variance to move on to the final 12. Jarocki and Karolina Sieslar of St. John's ended the day with matching 21-1 records, forcing a head-to-head bout for the win. Sieslar bested Jarocki 5-2 in the final bout to earn the gold and silver medals, respectively.
In her first round, Gabby Tartakovsky earned four wins and a plus-10 touch variance to move onto the second round of competition. Tartakovsky went into the second round to face competitors from Columbia, Yale, BC and Sacred Heart, registering a 5-1 record and a plus-7 touch differential to advance to the finals. In the final 12, earned a 6-6 record and finished the weekend in seventh place.
Lasota kicked off the tournament with a winning record in the first round, recording a 4-1 mark and a plus-five touch differential to advance to the second round. Lasota and Jarocki were paired in the same pool for the second round, and Lasota was able to register a 3-3 record and a positive touch differential to move onto the finals. In the final 12, Lasota posted four winning bouts to finish the weekend at 10th place.
Liana Yamin, Hali Nelson, MacKenzie Lawrence and Natalie Yang saw action in the foil category. Nelson was first up for the Crimson and saw competitors from Yale, Columbia, NYU and MIT in her first round of the day. Nelson was able to record three wins and a positive touch differential to move onto the second round. Nelson dominated the strip in the second round, recording five wins and a plus-8 touch variance to move onto the final-12. Neslon went head-to-head with Sara Taffel of Columbia to vie for the bronze medal, but Nelson was unable to secure the win, and finished the weekend in fourth.
Next up for the Crimson, Yang took her spot on the fourth strip. Yang controlled her first round, tallying a 5-1 record and a plus-12 touch differential to move onto the second round of competition. Yang was paired with Nelson in the second round and was limited to a 2-4 record and was unable to advance to the final-12. Yang concluded the weekend 16th.
Yamin also competed for Harvard in women's foil, facing fencers from Cornell, Columbia, MIT and Yale in her first round. Yamin tallied a 3-2 record in the first round of bouts, and moved on to the second round of competition. Yamin was paired in the same pool with Lawrence in the second round, and was limited to a 2-4 record, knocking her out of the top-12. The senior co-captain finished the weekend ranked 15th.
Lawrence paced her pool of competitors in the first round of competition by recording five wins and a plus-14 touch differential to move onto the second round. Lawrence kept her streak going in the next round of bouts, recording a 4-2 record and a plus-8 touch differential to move onto the final-12. In the final bouts of the afternoon, Lawrence was able to record five wins and a positive touch differential to finish the weekend ranked sixth in the region.
The NCAA will release the names of the student-athletes advancing to the NCAA Championships on Tuesday, March 14.