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Two Newcomers Set to Join Men’s Fencing for 2014-15

The Crimson adds two student-athletes to a roster that returns two All-Americans from a year-ago (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's fencing team will welcome two student-athletes from the Class of 2018 to the program this fall, head coach Peter Brand announced. Eli Dershwitz and Eric Zhao will join the Crimson for the 2014-15 campaign.

Dershwitz, who hails from Sherborn, Mass., and Zhao, who calls Potomac, Md., home, are each sabre fencers.

The Crimson newcomers will be joining some talented company as the squad went 12-6 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League to capture its eighth Ancient Eight crown and second straight in 2013-14. Harvard, who garnered four All-Ivy honors, finished fifth at the NCAA Championships with four fencers earning All-America accolades.
 
Meet the Class of 2018

Eli Derschwitz | Sabre | Sherborn, Mass. | Dover Sherborn
2014 Division-I National Champion … In 2014, earned Gold at the Budapest Junior World Cup … Helped the U.S. to a bronze medal at the Junior World Championship in 2014 … In 2013, captured bronze at the Junior World Championships … Won gold at the Sosnoweic Junior World Cup in 2013 … Took silver at the Junior World Championship in 2012 … Member of National Honor Society.  

Eric Zhao | Sabre | Potomac, Md. | St. Alabans School
Fenced at the Cadet World Cup in Knoin Poland in 2012-13 … Placed sixth at the Cadet North American Cup in 2011 …. Had a runner-up finish in the youth 14 North American Cup in 2009 … In 2008, finished sixth at the Youth 12 National Championship … Three-year letterwinner and served as captain for the tennis team at St. Albans School … Helped St. Albans' tennis team to back-to-back Interstate Athletic Conference Championships … Recipient of the Coaches Award as a junior … National Merit Commended Scholar … Sports Editor of St. Albans Newspaper … Member of St. Albans School Cum Laude Society.