UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Harvard women's fencing team opened its 2017-18 season this weekend at the Penn State Open. Six Crimson fencers finished in the top 10 in their respective weapon categories, facing competition from host Penn State, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Temple, Wagner and Wayne State.
Saanchi Kukadia captured bronze, finishing tied for third in the epee category. Kukadia advanced to the semifinal round of the direct-elimination bracket before falling to Columbia's Giana Vierheller 15-9. Cindy Gao and Sharon Ra both had the highest touch differentials for the Crimson in epee at +11.
In the foil competition, Natalie Yang, Liana Semel and MacKenzie Lawrence claimed sixth through eighth place, respectively. All three advanced to the final bracket before facing elimination in the second round. Lawrence led the three Crimson foil fencers with a +16-touch differential.
Marta Lasota fenced in the sabre category for Harvard, making it to the final bracket. Lasota finished the tournament in 16th place, defeating five out of six competitors in her second pool and earning a +6-touch differential.
The women will return to action at the Vassar tournament held in Poughkeespie, N.Y. on Dec. 3 where they face Vassar, Temple, NYU, Penn State and Sacred Heart.