Crimson Fencers Take on Local Rivals in Beanpot

Crimson Fencers Take on Local Rivals in Beanpot

Sophomore Katherine Chou earned second team All-Ivy League honors in the foil at last weekend's Ivy League Championship (Harvard Athletic Communications).

The Particulars
The Harvard men's and women's fencing teams take part Wednesday in the fencing version of the Beanpot against Boston College, Brandeis and MIT in Waltham, Mass. The men head into the event with a 16-2 season record while the women are 15-5.

Last Time Out
With the dual tied at 13-13 and the bout even at four touches apiece, freshman Michael Raynis scored upon Yale's Peter Cohen with 16 seconds left to win the bout, clinch the dual and take the 2011 Ivy League Championship for the No. 2 Harvard men's fencing team Sunday at Princeton. The title was Harvard's seventh and first since 2007. A total of six Harvard fencers earned all-league honors, including Raynis, who was named first team All-Ivy League in epee after going 12-3 and finishing second in the standings.

Sophomore Thomas Kolasa joined Raynis on the first team All-Ivy League list in the saber event, finishing 13-2 in the competition to win the individual title. Freshman Eric Arzoian and junior co-captain Valentin Staller both earned second team honors in saber, and junior James Hawrot and sophomore Ben White were named second team All-Ivy League in epee. Senior Hao Meng and freshman Lucas Lin led Harvard in the foil with 9-6 records.

The Harvard women's fencing team raked in five All-Ivy League awards Sunday and finished third behind two of the country's top six teams at the Ivy League Championship. Junior Caroline Vloka and freshman Alexandra Kiefer earned first team All-Ivy League honors in the saber and foil, respectively. Vloka shared the individual title with a 16-2 mark and Kiefer finished second at 15-3. Sophomore Katherine Chou and junior Shelby Macleod landed on the Ivy League's second team for foil, while freshman Dakota Root earned a second-team nod in epee. Root had the Crimson's best record in epee at 9-6. Harvard's foil squad went unbeaten during the two-day event, going 6-0 to lead the team to a 4-2 record in the round-robin duals format.

Raynis Named COOP Athlete of the Week
Freshman Michael Raynis went 12-3, earned first-team All-Ivy League honors and clinched the Ivy League title for the Crimson over the weekend, earning COOP Athlete of the Week honors for Feb. 14. Raynis was part of the Crimson's epee squad that went 5-0 on the weekend. His personal 12-3 record over the weekend was the second best in the entire event.

Beanpot History
Both Harvard teams have won the team titles at all three Beanpot events. In 2010, the Crimson posted undefeated records against its Boston rivals.

About Boston College
Most recently the Eagles competed at the Eric Sollee Invitational at MIT, Feb. 6, with their men going 3-3 and the women finishing 2-4 at the event. On the season, the Boston College men hold a 12-9 record, while the women are 13-10. Junior sabre Peter Souders was named one of 10 Primetime Performers of the Week for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6 by College for the men. Foilist Jennifer Colacino was 10-5 for the Eagles at MIT and notched two wins each against Penn State and Penn.

About Brandeis
The Brandeis men last competed at the Eric Sollee Invitational at MIT, Feb. 6, winning two duals and dropping four. The men hold a 9-11 overall record this season. The women fenced at the Stevens Tech Invitational Sunday, only falling once to No. 9 Temple while picking up four wins. The Brandeis women are 20-9 on the year. Brandeis had two fencers selected for University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week, with seniors Anna Hanley and Jon Rollock earning honors.

About MIT
The MIT men's and women's fencing teams each won two matches at their own Eric Sollee Invitational, Feb. 6. The women's sabre team went 36-17, losing only one match (a 5-4 loss to No. 8 Penn). On the men's side, the best record was posted by the sabre team, who went 26-28 in winning three of its matches. The MIT men are 7-13 overall this season while the women are 15-8.

Up Next
The Crimson will prepare for the NCAA Northeast Regional, set for March 13 at a site to be determined.