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Harvard Fencing Turns In Strong Performance at Penn State Invitational

Kiefer went 17-1 at the Penn State open helping the women's team to a 5-1 record during the event. (Gil Talbot)

The Harvard men's and women's fencing teams returned to action on Saturday, competing at the Penn State invitational in State College, Pa. The Crimson went a combined 9-2 facing  Vassar, Penn State, North Carolina, New York, Sacred Heart and Temple.

The women's team recorded a 5-1 mark with their lone loss coming against defending national champion Penn State. Senior Caroline Vloka highlighted the day for the Crimson, tallying a perfect 18-0 record against the saber field. Sophomore Alexandra Kiefer had a strong day of her own, going 17-1 against foil opponents. In the epee competition, freshman Emma Vaggo and junior Felicia Sun paced the Crimson going 14-1 and 11-2 respectively.

For the men, sophomore Mike Raynis and senior James Hawrot turned in solid performances in the epee competitions, going 11-1 and 12-3 in the field. Freshman saber fencer Alexander Ryjik impressed for Harvard, going 13-2 in the field including a win over former NCAA Champion Olec Ochocki from Penn State. Thomas Snell recorded a pair of wins in Harvard's match with Penn State as well.

Both squads won every head-to-head matchup with the exception of Penn State, who defeated both the men's and women's Crimson teams. The men defeated Vassar (21-6), North Carolina (19-8), New York (21-6) and Sacred Heart (17-10), while the women took matches against Temple (16-11), North Carolina (19-8), New York (21-6), Sacred Heart (22-5) and Vassar (25-2).

The next time the Crimson men will be back in action will Jan. 21 to compete in New York, at the St. John's Invitational. Meanwhile the women will participate in a home meet with Tufts on Dec. 10 taking place at 10 a.m. at the Malkin Athletic Center.