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Women’s Fencing Goes Unbeaten at Tradition Tournament

At 6-0, the Crimson is off to its best start since 2010-11 (photo courtesy Gil Talbot). 

FAIRFIELD, Conn.  - The Harvard women's fencing team kept its 2013-14 record perfect as the Crimson downed all five of its opponents at the Tradition Tournament hosted by Sacred Heart at the Pitt Center Sunday.  

Harvard improves to 6-0 for the first time since matching that number to begin 2010-11.  

The top performer for the Crimson was sabre fencer sophomore Aliya Itzkowitz, who dropped a single bout to post a 14-1 record. Freshman Adrienne Jarocki followed with a mark of 13-2 while junior Kara Lee finished the day at 11-4. In the foil, freshman Hali Nelson and senior Alexandra Kiefer went 13-2, respectively.  Freshman Liana Yamin rounded out the foilist with a  10-5 mark. Epeeist Isabel DiTella went 12-3 while sophomore Nina van Loon compiled a 12-2 record. 

The Crimson opened the tournament with a 16-11 victory over Penn State. Harvard topped Vassar, 26-1, in round two and went on to best Sacred Heart, 23-4, to remain unbeaten against the schools all-time.  

In round four, the Crimson defeated Temple, 17-10, to take the lead in the all-time series.

Harvard closed out the tournament with a 24-3 victory over New York. The win stretches the Crimson's undefeated streak against the Violets to 16 matches.  

The Crimson returns to competition in 2014 at the St. John's Invitational in Queens, N.Y., Jan. 26.  

Results

Round 1
Princeton defeated Sacred Heart, 24-3
Harvard defeated Penn State, 16-11
New York defeated Vassar, 15-12 

Round 2
Penn State defeated Sacred Heart, 21-6
Princeton defeated New York, 25-2
Harvard defeated Vassar, 26-1 

Round 3
Harvard defeated Sacred Heart, 23-4
Temple defeated New York, 25-2
Penn State defeated Vassar, 22-5 

Round 4
Harvard defeated Temple, 17-10
Princeton defeated Vassar, 27-0
Penn State defeated New York, 24-3 

Round 5
Temple defeated Sacred Heart, 15-12
Princeton defeated Penn State, 19-8
Harvard defeated New York, 24-3 

Round 6
Sacred Heart defeated New York, 15-12
Temple defeated Vassar, 22-5