Men's Fencing Adds Four Newcomers for Upcoming Season

Men's Fencing Adds Four Newcomers for Upcoming Season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard men's fencing team, led by head coach Peter Brand, will welcome four freshmen to the squad for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Two members of the class are foil fencers, while one will compete in the sabre and the other will fence with the epee.

The Crimson concluded the 2011-12 campaign 12-6 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League, finishing second in the conference. Harvard also earned a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Four Harvard men's fencers received All-America honors, while the Crimson also saw four of its fencers earn All-Ivy status.

Jerry Chang/Mountain View, Calif./Mountain View/Foil
2012 junior team world champion … Silver medalist at the 2012 division 1 national championships … gold medalist at the 2010 division NAC … A 2011 Cadet world team member.

Duncan O'Brien/Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Sabre
Served as captain for a three-man sabre team at the 2012 US division I championship and the 2011 US junior Olympics where the team garnered silver medals … Ranked 10th national in junior men's saber as of 2011 … Competed at the junior World Cup in Poland, Hungary and Arizona while also competed at senior World Cup in Chicago … Member of the National Honor Society at the German Honor Society … Hayes book award and German book award recipient … Volunteered at the State House student tour guide program … Raised money for the Cor Unum meal center. 

Nicolas Simko/Geneva, Switzerland/Ecole Moser/Epee
Fenced for the Societe d'Escrime de Geneve on Swiss national circuit … Competed for Switzerland for the European Cadet circuit and the junior World Cup … Rnaked No. 1 at the Cadet in Switzerland in 201-11 season … Was the only Swiss fencer ranked at the Cadet 2011 Cadet World Fencing Championship in Jordan … Ranked No. 5 in European Cadet ranking at the beginning of the 2010-11 season … Bronze medalist at the 2011 Cadet Swiss Championship … Won the 2008-09 Swiss national overall circuit in the Minime category … Came in the top-16 at the European tournament in Gotenborg, Sweeden in 2011 … Won Swiss championships in 2007-08, 2008-09 … Has accrued over 25 national and international medals since 2005 … Graduated with distinction from Swiss bilingual Matruite Federale in Sept. 2011 … Received national distinction of Excellency for his high school thesis. 

Michael Woo/Wayne, N.J./Delbarton School/Foil
Placed second in 2011 Cadet Junior Olympics … Ranked in the top eight in every Junior NAC in 2010-2011 season … Came in ninth in Junior World Cup in Lignano, Italy and eighth in London, England … Placed sixth in the Division I (senior) 2012 National Championships … National merit commended scholar … AP scholar with honor…Four-year volunteer for Operation Smile … Enjoys playing basketball and reading