Women's Fencing Adds Two For the 2011 Season

Women's Fencing adds two newcomers to it's roster for the 2011 season. (Courtesy Havard Athletic Communications)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's fencing head coach Peter Brand announced the addition of two fencers to his squad for the upcoming season on Tuesday. Both members of the class of 2015 will compete with different weapons during the 2011 campaign.

The Crimson newcomers will be joining some talented company as the squad finished the season with an 18-5 record and a national champion on their roster. Rising sophomore Alexandra Kiefer took top-honors in the NCAA Fencing National Championship, while earning All-American accolades with fellow juniors Caroline Vloka and Noam Mills.


Kara Lee/Islip, N.Y./The Stony Brook School/Saber

Before Harvard
Took seventh at the 2011 fencing junior North American Cup C in Dallas, Texas … Placed 12th and 15th in the 2010 Division I NAC D in San Jose, Calif. … Finished in eighth and 11th place in the NAC B and NAC, C respectively in 2009 … Came in seventh in the Junior Summer Nationals in 2009 … In the Cadet Junior Olympics in 2009 Lee secured eighth-place … Earned bronze medals during the Cadet NAC B event and the Cadet Summer National event in 2008 … Took 19th at 2008 Cadet World Cup in Hungary … Was a member of the gold medal team at Cadet World Cup in 2008 … Valedictorian … Cum Laude Society 2007-11 … Headmaster's Honor Roll 2007-11 … AP Scholar with Honor … Recipient of the Monro Award as a senior … Received the Russell-Williams Senior Music Award … Principal Cello in all-county orchestra in 2007 … Long Island String Festival in 2008 … A member of the Stony Brook Strings 2007-2011 … Plays cello, guitar and piano.

Emma Vaggo/ Kullavik, Sweden/Sigrid Rudebecks Gymnasium/ Epee

Before Harvard
Member of the Swedish junior national team and Swedish Olympic training squad for the 2012 Games … placed first in the Swedish Junior ranking competition and Swedish Cadet ranking competition and was a member of the first-place team in the Junior European Championships in 2005-06 … earned first-place honors during the Nordic Cadet championships and the Swedish Cadet championships in 2006-07 … Secured second place in the 2006-07 Junior World Cup … Took third at the 2007-08 Junior World Cup … Finished first in the International Open as well as second  in the Nordic Junior championships … Earned a pair of third-place finishes during the Swedish Junior Championships and the Ch Fillol International Open … Took first-place in the 2009-10 Junior World Cup … ranked 10th in the FIE junior world rankings last year … Served as a trainer and leader of fencing groups at the Kungsbacka Fencing Club in Gothenburg, Sweden.