UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 6 Harvard women's fencing team took to the strip for the 2018 NCAA Championships this weekend, March 22-25, at Penn State, helping Harvard to a fifth-place overall finish.
Cindy Gao recorded Harvard's highest placement of the tournament, claiming the bronze medal in epee and All-America first team honors. Gao tallied three straight wins to open competition en route to a 17-6 overall record and plus-23 touch differential. The freshman advanced to the final four of the competition as the No. 3 seed, facing Princeton's Catherine Nixon. Gao fell 15-7 to the future epee champion in the first round of the finals.
Saanchi Kukadia also competed for the Crimson in women's epee, registering eight wins for an 18th-place finish in the tournament.
Sabre fencers Marta Lasota and Gabrielle Tartakovsky finished 12th and 15th, respectively. Junior Lasota captured 13 wins, finishing strong with eight straight wins at the end of the tournament to earn an All-America honorable mention. Tartakovsky earned 12 victories over the course of the two-day event with a positive touch differential.
In foil, senior co-captain MacKenzie Lawrence took to the strip for the Crimson. Lawrence earned seven wins on opening day, finishing 21st in the standings.
The Crimson finished the season with a 16-6 overall record, 4-3 in Ivy League play.