BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 6 Harvard women's fencing team was victorious at the Beanpot tournament this Wednesday night, Feb. 14 at MIT, capturing its 11th-straight championship title. The Crimson defeated host MIT as well as Boston College and Brandeis in the annual tournament. Harvard has now won the Beanpot trophy every year since the inception of the tournament in 2007.
Junior sabre fencer Gabrielle Tartakovsky led the Crimson to victory with a perfect 6-0 record and plus-12 touch differential. Six other members of the team registered records with only one loss. Liana Henderson-Semel and Natalie Yang both topped foil with 8-1 marks and plus-18 touch variances. Senior co-captain MacKenzie Lawrence rounded out the top three fencers tonight at plus-17 and a 7-1 record.
The Crimson began competition with a 21-6 win over Boston College that included victories in foil at 7-2 and epee at 8-1. Henderson-Semel opened her night defeating all three Eagles she faced with 5-3, 5-2 and 5-3 wins.
Harvard went on to face MIT next, securing another 19-8 victory. Led by the efforts of Henderson-Semel, Lawrence and Yang, the foil squad excelled again, sweeping the competition 9-0. Epee and sabre sealed the bout with two tight 5-4 wins.
The Crimson clinched the title by closing out the tournament with a 20-7 win over Brandeis. The epee squad led Harvard to victory with an 8-1 mark. Junior co-captain Sharon Ra registered a 3-0 record against the Judges and a plus-six touch differential.
The Crimson will get ready to take on the NCAA Regionals on Monday, March 12 in Waltham, Mass.
Boston College, W, 21-6
Brandeis: W, 20-7