Men's Fencing Faces Six Teams at Tradition Tournament

Men's Fencing Faces Six Teams at Tradition Tournament

The Crimson continues its season with the Tradition Tournament (Gil Talbot).  

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard fencing travels to Fairfield, Connecticut to compete in the Tradition Tournament, hosted by Sacred Heart. The men and women will face Sacred Heart, Princeton, Penn State, Stevens, New York University and North Carolina in the one-day tournament. 

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About the Tradition Tournament
Last year at the Tradition Tournament, the women Crimson breezed through the competition by posting five victories over New York University, 24-3, Penn State, 16-11, Sacred Heart, 23-4, Temple, 17-10, and Vassar, 26-1. The men posted four victories including an 18-9 bout over New York University, a 17-10 win over Sacred Heart, a 23-4 and 26-1 domination over Stevens and Vassar, respectively. This years' tournament will feature the host, Sacred Heart, Princeton, Penn State, Stevens, New York University and North Carolina.

Last Time Out
The men's fencing team competed in its first competition of the year at Penn State against fencers from Penn, Ohio State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Temple, Brown and Yale as it recorded four fencers in top-10 overall. Foil fencer Stephen Mageras placed third overall while teammate Eric Zhao, fecing saber, recorded an eighth-place mark. Nicolas Simko and Peregrine Badger, fencing the epee, took fifth and ninth, respectively. 

Last Season
Harvard went 13-5-1 during the 2014-15 season, finishing seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships. On the women's side, returners Adrienne Jarocki earned first team All-America honors for the second-straight season along with Aliya Itzkowitz who received All-America honorable mention. Departed seniors Emma Väggö and Brian Kaneshige earned All-America honor.  

Harvard returns six letterwinners from last year's squad: Sabre fencers Aliya Itzkowitz, Adrienne Jarocki, foil fencers Mackenzie Lawrence, Hali NelsonLiana YaminHellary Zhang

Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand enters his 18th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in the last 14 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won seven Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 216-67-1 record on the women's side, while also holding a 173-75 mark on the men's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard. 

Fresh Faces
Harvard has added four women freshmen to the 2015-16 roster including Liana Henderson-Semel (foil), Sharon Ra (epee), gabby Tartakovsky (sabre) and Shawn Wallace (epee). The men's team sees one addition in  Albert Chien (epee). 

Aye Aye, Captain
Adrienne Jarocki '17 and Liana Yamin '17, of the women's team, and Duncan O'Brien '16 and Michael Woo '16, of the men's team were named were named the captains for the 2015-16 campaign. O'Brien enters his second year as captain. 

Coming Up
The men and women take a break during the winter as they prepare for the St. John's Invitational in Queens, New York on Jan. 23.