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Fencing Triumphs Thrice at Ivy League Championships, Part 1

Senior co-captain Karl Harmenberg (pictured) picked up four wins for the Crimson at the Ivy League Championships, Part 1.
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot Photography.

ITHACA, N.Y.- The Harvard men's and women's fencing teams competed at the Ivy League Championships, Part 1 today hosted by Cornell. The men wrapped up the day with a 1-1 record while the women finished with a 2-1 mark. Both squads fell in the opening matches to Penn but managed to respond with a win over Yale. The women also picked up a victory over Cornell.

In the first matches of the Ivy League Championships, Part 1, the Harvard men fell to Penn, 15-12, and the women also bowed to the Quakers, 17-10. For the Harvard women, Caroline Vloka posted a 3-0 record  to help the Crimson win the sabre competition, 5-4, against Penn. The Quakers captured the foil, 7-2, and the epee, 6-3, to take the match. On the men's side, Harvard took the epee competition, 7-2. James Hawrot put up three wins and Karl Harmenberg and Ben White each won two bouts in the epee. Penn won the foil and sabre competitions, 8-1 and 5-4.

The Harvard men closed out the Ivy League Championships, Part 1 with a 16-11 win over archrival Yale. The Crimson captured the epee, 7-2, and edged the Bulldogs in the sabre, 5-4. Yale returned the favor by squeaking by Harvard in the foil, 5-4. Valentin Staller and White turned in 3-0 performances for the Crimson while Tomaso di Robilant, Harmenberg, Hawrot and Thomas Kolasa all picked up two wins against Yale.

On the women's side, Harvard convincingly won the foil, 8-1, and eked by Yale in the epee, 5-4. The Bulldogs picked up five wins in the sabre and the Crimson got four. Four Harvard fencers posted perfect 3-0 marks against Yale. Shelby MacLeod, Noam Mills, Arielle Pensler and Vloka each won three bouts for the Crimson.

THe Harvard women concluded the event with an 18-9 victory over host Cornell. The Crimson won all three weapons in the match. Harvard nearly swept the sabre, 8-1, and took five bouts in the foil and epee competitions. Hayley Levitt and Vloka each posted 3-0 records in the win. Vloka finished the day with an undefeated mark of 9-0.

Boston bragging rights will be up for grabs, as the Crimson returns to action, Feb. 24, to take on Boston College, Brandeis and MIT in the Beanpot.