No. 3 Women’s Fencing Captures Five Medals at NCAA Regionals
Kiefer earned her fourth straight medal at the northeast regionals (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
WELLESLEY, Mass. – Five members of the third-seeded Harvard women's fencing team earned spots on the podium at the 2014 NCAA Northeast Regionals hosted by Wellesley College Sunday. Freshman sabre fencer Adrienne Jarocki and sophomore epeeist Isabel DiTella highlighted the Crimson's performance with gold medals while sophomore sabre fencer Aliya Itzkowitz and senior foil fencer Alexandra Kiefer earned silvers. Sophomore Nina van Loon rounded out Harvard's medalist's with bronze in the epee.
The Crimson's five medals mark the most by the 18 schools with entrants in the regional.
In her first collegiate NCAA regional, Jarocki topped 49 fencers to take home the Northeast Region individual championships. The Middle Village, N.Y., native dismantled here opponents throughout the day, achieving a record of 9-3 with a plus-24 indicator. Jarocki went unbeaten, 11-0, in the medal rounds with a plus-41 en route to the top of the podium. Teammate Itzkowitz poured in a 10-2 (+15) mark to sit sixth into the medal tables. The London, England local went 8-3 with a plus-18 mark to grab silver, her first collegiate medal. Kara Lee rounded out Harvard sabre fencers. The junior co-captain cracked the top-ten with a 13-10 (+21) performance good for sixth.
In the foil, Kiefer captured her fourth straight regional medal. The co-captain, who calls Lexington, Ky., home, was nearly untouchable on her way to the medal round as the senior went 11-1 (+33). She collected the silver medal after going 9-2 (+21) in the final pool. Freshmae Hali Nelson and Liana Yamin nearly missed the medal round as the pair clinched spots in the top-15. Nelson finished the day at 6-5 (+8) to place 13th while Yamin posted a 7-5 (+4) mark to take 14th.
DiTella was at the top of the list of 49 athletes at day's end to take home the individual crown in epee. The Cambridge, Mass., native swept all of her opponents in pools to bring a 12-0 (plus-31) record into the medal round. DiTella posted a 9-2 mark in the medal round to claim gold, her first collegiate regional medal. Van Loon brought a 7-5 (+6) mark into the medal table where the Boulder, Colo., local went 7-4 (+3) to take bronze. Vaggo finished fifth after going 13-10 (+12) on the day.
The qualifiers to the 2014 NCAA Championships will be announced Tuesday, March 11 after 4 p.m. The Crimson fencers that qualify will return to the strip March 20-23 at Ohio State's French Field House in Columbus, Ohio.