PHILIDELPHIA, Penn. – After a long off season, men's fencing will return to the strip in Philadelphia at the University of Penn to compete in the Elite Invitational. The event will begin on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. The men will kick off their season in round one against Air Force.
In the rounds to follow, Harvard will meet the likes of Penn, Penn State, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. In the final round of the day the Crimson will meet Ivy rival Princeton at 6 p.m.
Last, year Harvard sent the maximum lot of fencers including epee specialists Adrien Thein-Sandler, sabre swordsmen Daniel Solomon and Erwin Cai, followed by Duncan Rheingans-Yoo and Geoffrey Tourette in foil. After combining for 150 points with the women's team, Harvard fencing placed fourth at the NCAA Championships.
What to Know
- Harvard has never competed in the Elite Invitational at the University of Penn.
- Adam Maczik comes over from Boston College to join the coaching staff as an assistant and Eli Dershwitz '19 returns to Cambridge as the volunteer assistant.
- The Crimson adds four new first-years to its roster in Filip Dolegiewicz and Mitchell Saron at sabre, Kenji Bravo specializing in foil and Jonas Hansen at epee.
- Senior Duncan Rheingans-Yoo and junior Geoffrey Tourette lead the way for Harvard as the co-captains for the 2019-20 season.
- The men's team combined for a regular season record of 213-85 with an NCAA Championships record of 62-53.
At the Helm
The Crimson had a busy offseason adding many new faces to Cambridge including Daria Schneider who will enter her first season at the helm for Harvard.
The Crimson will head down the road to instate rival Brandeis for the Brandeis Invitational on Sunday, Dec. 1.