Kiefer paced the Harvard fencing team with nine wins on the first day of women's bouts at nationals (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
SAN ANTONIO – After three days of competition at the 2013 NCAA Championship, the Harvard fencing team has accumulated 115 victories and sits in fifth place. Led by junior foil Alexandra Kiefer and her nine wins, the women amassed 40 victories on their first day of bouts to add to the men's 75 achieved over the first two days at Freeman Coliseum.
The sabre was the most rewarding weapon for Harvard on the first day of the women's competition. Sophomore Kara Lee charted nine wins in 15 bouts and freshman Aliya Itzkowitz added six. Lee is in ninth place and Itzkowitz is in 14th.
Kiefer was the lone Crimson in the foil. The Lexington, Ky., native produced nine victories in 15 bouts and a +13 indicator. Kiefer will enter the final day of the championship in seventh place.
Sophomore Emma Vaggo is the Crimson top performer in the epee thus far. Vaggo tallied eight wins and is in 12th place after one day of bouts. Freshman Nina van Loon is in 15th with seven victories and a +3 indicator.
After three days, Princeton leads the team standings with 146 victories. Notre Dame (139), Penn State (138), Ohio State (127) and Harvard (115) round out the top five.
The women's bouts resume Sunday at 9:30 a.m. ESPN3 will broadcast the medal rounds live at 2:45 p.m.