Women’s Fencing Opens Season With Three Medals

Women’s Fencing Opens Season With Three Medals

(From left to right) Sun, Kiefer, Vaggo and Vloka all finished strong at the Garret Open held by Penn State. (Harvard Athletic Communications)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.  – The Harvard women’s fencing team tallied two gold medals and one bronze at the Garret Open hosted by Penn State on Saturday, the Crimson’s first competition of the 2011-12 season.

Sophomore and defending national champion, Alexandra Kiefer, picked up where she left off last season taking gold in the foil event in a field of 50. Senior Caroline Vloka followed suit taking first in the saber division, beating out 41 other entrants for top honors. This marks the second-consecutive year that both Kiefer and Vloka took gold in their events during the Garret Open.

Freshman Emma Vaggo got on the board with her first collegiate medal, earning bronze in the epee competition in a field of 46.

In total six Harvard fencers placed in the top 20 in their respective fields. Junior Katherin Chou took 17th in the foil competition while freshman Kara Lee and junior Felicia Sun placed 12th and eighth in the sabre and epee division, respectively.

Harvard will return to State College, Pa. on Dec. 3 to compete in the Penn State Invitational.

Women's Foil

Name   Place
Kiefer   1st (gold)
Chou   17th

Women's Epee

Name   Place
Vaggo   3rd
Sun   8th
Root   30th
Fishman   45th

Women's Saber

Name   Place
Vloka   1st (Gold)
Lee   12th
Levitt   30th