Crimson Sweeps Tufts in Home Duel

Crimson Sweeps Tufts in Home Duel

Junior co-captain Hayley Levitt allowed just one touch scored upon her in the Saber Wednesday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's fencing team swept through the foil event as it flexed its muscles against local rival Tufts Wednesday night, winning 20-7 in the Crimson's only home duel of the season.

Harvard (1-0) went undefeated in the foil, going 9-0. Freshman Alexandra Kiefer and Shelby MacLeod lead the way, only allowing one touch to be scored upon them during competition.

The women won the epee event, 5-4, and took the saber, 6-3. Junior co-captain Hayley Levitt also only allowed one touch against her Wednesday in the saber, as she went undefeated against the Jumbos.

"[Levitt] looked very strong and ready for this season, probably moreso than any year before this," said Harvard head coach Peter Brand.

"It looked very promising and we shook off the early season jitters," Brand added. "I think we're ready for the weekend."

The Crimson returns to competition Sunday at the Sacred Heart Invitational in Fairfield, Conn., where it will face six national powers, including defending national champion Penn State.