No. 7 Women’s Fencing Finishes Third at Ancient Eight Championship

No. 7 Women’s Fencing Finishes Third at Ancient Eight Championship

Both Kiefer and Chou (far right) were named First Team All-Ivy League selections at the 2012 Ivy League Championships. (Ivy League Athletic Communications)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 3 Harvard women's fencing team closed out the second day of championship play with a 2-1 record after falling to Columbia 14-13, and downing Brown and Cornell by identical scores of 18-9, finishing the tournament in third place with a 4-2 record. The Crimson also landed five its members on all-Ivy League teams.

Sophomore Alexandra Kiefer and junior Kathy Chou were named First Team All-Ivy selections for their efforts during the two-day tournament. Kiefer and Chou finished the weekend with 13-5 marks tying them for third best mark in the foil division. Senior Caroline Vloka and Felicia Sun along with freshman Emma Vaggo earned Second-Team All-Ivy selection. Vloka went 14-4 in the saber field, while Sun and Vaggo both went 13-5 in the epee division. 

After a 2-0 start yesterday (defeating Penn and Yale), Harvard encountered a problem with Princeton who took down the Crimson 18-9. In day two Harvard opened with Columbia and fell to the Lions 14-13. Despite the efforts of Kiefer and Chou who went 3-0 and 2-1 in the foil division, Harvard was unable to upend the Lions.

The Crimson next took on Brown. Harvard received strong production from its saber and epee divisions as Kara Lee and Vloka both went 2-1 with the saber and Sun and Vaggo went 3-0 and 2-1 with the epee,  to help give Harvard a 18-9 victory over the bears.
In its final matchup of the tournament Harvard took on the Big Red of Cornell. The Crimson once again received strong contributions from its saber and epee fields with Vloka going 3-0 with the saber helping to give Harvard a 7-2 advantage. In the epee division both Vaggo and Sun recorded 2-1 records to give Harvard a 7-2 advantage in the field, helping Harvard defeat Cornell 18-9.
Harvard will have a quick turnaround when it hosts the Beanpot tournament at the Malkin Athletic Center on Tuesday at 6 p.m.