Dershwitz leads the Crimson with a 46-5 record (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Fresh off of its third-straight Ivy League Championship, the third-ranked Harvard men's fencing team ventures to New York City for the NCAA Northeast Regional, hosted by NYU. An individual event, the Crimson took home three medals in 2014.
Last Time Out
Harvard captured its seventh-straight Beanpot championship, going 3-0 with victories over MIT (19-8), Boston College (19-8) and Brandeis (18-9). Harvard moved to 14-3 on the season with the wins.
Foil fencers Jerry Chang and Stephen Mageras both went a perfect 9-0 against the competition, while Brian Kaneshige was close behind at 8-1. Eli Dershwitz and Eric Zhao, fencing sabre, were nearly perfect as well, posting 8-1 marks. Peregrine Badger recorded the top mark among epeeists, finishing 5-2.
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By The Numbers
Nine student-athletes sport a record above .500, with seven winning more than 25 bouts. The team has combined to win 287 individual matches, winning 62.5% of the points available.
Four Crimson student-athletes earned All-Ivy honors, including three placements on the first team. Eli Dershwitz, Jerry Chang and Alexander Eldeib were named to the first team, while Duncan O'Brien earned a second-team nod.
Coach of the Year
Head coach Peter Brand was named the inaugural Ivy League Coach of the Year after guiding the Crimson to its third-consecutive Ancient Eight championship. The Crimson went 14-3 during the regular season, marking the 14th-straight year Harvard recorded a record of .500 or better.
Freshman sabre fencer Eli Dershwitz was named the ECAC Fencer of the Week on December 11, 2014 after opening his collegiate career with a 12-0 start at the Tradition Tournament. He toppled opponents from Penn State, Vassar, NYU and Sacred Heart at the event.
Eric Zhao was recognized as the ECAC Rookie of the Week on February 18 after posting an 8-1 mark at the Beanpot, netting a plus-20 touch differential in the tournament. The Potomac, Maryland, native scored victories over opponents from MIT, Boston College and Brandeis.
Behind the Crimson
About the NCAA Northeast Regional
Harvard is sending nine student-athletes to compete at the NCAA Northeast Regional, giving each the chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. A year ago, Michael Woo and Brian Kaneshige captured the silver and bronze medals in the foil bracket, and Alexander Ryjik claimed bronze among sabre fencers.
Sabre: Eli Dershwitz, Duncan O'Brien, Eric Zhao
Foil: Jerry Chang, Brian Kaneshige, Stephen Mageras
Epee: Peregrine Badger, Alexander Eldeib, Nicolas Simko
Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand is in his 16th season at the helm for the Crimson, posting a winning record in each of the last 13 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won six Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 176-76 record on the men's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard. He was named the 2015 Ivy League Coach of the Year.
Harvard has added two freshmen to the 2014-15 roster in sabre fencers Eli Dershwitz and Eric Zhao. Dershwitz has been dominant on the international circuit, winning gold at the Junior World Cup in Budapest earlier this year and in Sosnowiec in 2013. Zhao has fenced internationally as well, competing in Poland in 2013 and placing sixth at the Cadet North American Cup in 2011.
Aye Aye, Captain
Brian Kaneshige '15 and Duncan O'Brien '16 were named the captains for the 2014-15 campaign, marking the 19th time in program history that the Crimson has had two captains. Both enter their first year as team captains.
Harvard went 12-6 during the 2013-14 season, finishing fifth as a team at the NCAA Championships. Returners Brian Kaneshige and Michael Woo, in addition to departed seniors Michael Raynis and Eric Arzoian earned All-America status last year, while junior Jerry Chang earned first team All-Ivy recognition.
Harvard returned seven letterwinners from last year's squad: Sabre Duncan O'Brien; foil fencers Chang, Kaneshige, Stephen Mageras, and Woo; and epeeists in Alexander Eldeib and Nicolas Simko.
Harvard's top performers will compete in Columbus, Ohio, at the NCAA Championships from March 19-22.