Women Fencers Host Tufts in Lone Home Duel of the Year

Women Fencers Host Tufts in Lone Home Duel of the Year

Freshman Alexandra Kiefer won gold at Penn State in her first competition for the Crimson (Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's fencing team takes on the Tufts Jumbos Wednesday in its only home duel of the season, with action beginning at 7 p.m. in the Malkin Athletic Center fencing room.

Last Time Out
Two gold medals highlighted the Harvard women's success at the Garret Open hosted by Penn State Nov. 13-14, the Crimson's first competition of the 2010-11 season.

Junior co-captain and defending national champion Caroline Vloka opened her season right where she left off last year, winning gold in the women's saber competition out of 54 competitors. Freshman Alexandra Kiefer followed suit, winning gold in the foil at her first competition as part of the Crimson.

A total of seven Harvard fencers found themselves in the top 25 among the three different fencing competitions, including sophomore Nadia Eldeib, who was the Crimson's top finisher in Epee at 15th.

About Harvard
With seven top-25 finishes at the prestigious season-opening Garret Open hosted by defending national champion Penn State, Harvard poised to make a run at another top-five finish at the NCAA championship in March.

The women return 2010 saber national champion Caroline Vloka and two other All-Americans in Noam Mills and Shelby MacLeod, and also add two top recruits in Alexandra Kiefer and Dakota Root.

About Tufts
The Jumbos (1-2) competed in three separate duels at a Nov. 21 tri-meet in New York City. Tufts defeated Yeshiva, 21-6, to open its season before falling to Wellesley and Stevens Tech by scores of 14-13 and 16-11, respectively.

Up Next
The Harvard men and women will travel Sunday to Fairfield, Conn., to take part in the Sacred Heart Invitational, with competition scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.