No. 3 Women’s Fencing Finishes Second at Ivy League Round-Robins
Jarocki was the lone competitor to go unbeaten over the weekend (photo courtesy Ivy Athletic Communications).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 3 Harvard women's fencing team swept its field of competition on the final day of the Ivy League Round-Robins hosted at Brown's Olney-Margolies Athletic Center to finish the championships with a 5-1 record as the Crimson earned a second-place finish behind the nation's top-ranked Princeton.
Sabre fencer Adrienne Jarocki bolstered Harvard's (14-4) undefeated performance on Sunday. The freshman, who was the lone competitor to go unbeaten on the strip (18-0), was the first fencer in Harvard history to be named both Outstanding Performer and Outstanding Rookie Performer and the first to be honored as Outstanding Performer since Caroline Vloka '12 did so in 2011.
Six Crimson fencers garnered All-Ivy League honors, the most since matching that number in 2007. Jarocki was joined on the first-team by weapon mate, sophomore Aliya Itzkowitz who went 15-3. Co-captain Kara Lee, who rounds of the Crimson's sabre fencers, went 14-4 to garner second-team honors. Senior Alexandra Kiefer match her co-captains number to post Harvard's best record in the foil and earn herself a spot on the second-team. Sophomore Isabel DiTella and junior Emma Vaggo posted 13-5 records, respectively, to receiving an All-Ancient Eight second-team nod.
Harvard opened the day with a tough dual against fifth-ranked Columbia. The Crimson topped the Lions, 14-13. Harvard earned a 7-2 victory in the sabre, but the score was evened when Columbia posted an identical score to take the foil. With the match on the line, DiTella bested the Lions' Vivian Rand to earn the win for the Crimson.
The Crimson next took on Cornell. Harvard received strong productions for its sabre and epee divisions. The sabre squad was perfect on the strip while the Crimson's epeeist posted a 7-2 showing highlighted by Vaggo who didn't drop a match. In the foil, Kiefer went unbeaten to boast a 5-4 weapon record against the Big Red.
In its final match of the weekend, Harvard defeated Brown by a 17-10 margin. The Crimson epee team cruised to an 8-1 mark with Vaggo and junior Nina van Loon posting perfect 3-0 marks. Harvard's three foil fencers went 2-1 against the Bears. Jarocki kept her unbeaten record perfect earning victories in each of her bouts while Lee finished 2-1 against Brown to aid the sabre's 6-3 effort.
Harvard, a six-time Beanpot Champion, defends its title Wednesday, Feb. 12 at MIT.