QUEENS, N.Y.- After a day of multiple bouts, the No.7 women's fencing squad took home three wins from the St. John's Invitational, with victories over ranked opponents No. 3 Columbia, No. 5 Ohio State and host St. John's.
Opening up the invitational with a back and forth banter against Penn State, the women were edged by the Nittany Lions 15-12. With a quick rebound, the Crimson topped third-ranked Columbia 14-13, as the epee team of Cindy Gao, Shawn Wallace and Saanchi Kukadia notched a 7-2 score to propel Harvard to its first victory of the day.
After falling to No. 1 Notre Dame 19-8, Harvard climbed to back-to-back wins, besting the Buckeyes 15-12 and the host, St. John's, 17-10. Despite two losses Head Coach Peter Brand stated, "the women showed great improvement over last year," referring to the previous 2-3 outing at the invitational.
- First-year Veronica Czyzewski took the charge for the Crimson in sabre going 8-4 on the day as fellow sabre fencer tabbed a 7-5 record.
- Epee fencers, sophomore Cindy Gao and senior Shawn Wallace tabbed standout performances as they swept their Columbia competitors. Wallace additionally tallied an 8-3 record on the day.
- Junior Natalie Yang notched a 7-6 on the day as first-year Cynthia Liu produced a pair of wins against Ohio State and St. John's.
Harvard 12, Penn State 15
Harvard 13, Columbia 14
Harvard 8, Notre Dame 19
Harvard 15, Ohio State 12
Harvard 19, St. John's 8
The Crimson concludes its play at the Malkin Athletic senior when it hosts NYU for Senior Day on Feb. 2 beginning at noon. Broadcast coverage will air on EPSN