Harvard Women’s Fencing Finishes Sixth at NCAA Championships

Harvard Women’s Fencing Finishes Sixth at NCAA Championships
Kiefer was one of two Crimson fencers that received NCAA All-American honors in Columbus, Ohio this weekend. (Gil Talbot)
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Harvard women's fencing team finished its bid for an NCAA championship with two fencers earning All-American honors. Senior Caroline Vloka finished fifth in the saber field securing All-America second-team accolades while sophomore Alexandra Kiefer's 11th place finish was good for honorable mention. The Crimson women finished the weekend in sixth place.

In order to crown a overall team champion, each squad's men's and women's scores are combined. The men's team will begin its tournament on Saturday and will run through Sunday. ESPN 3 will begin its coverage on Sunday beginning at 1:45 p.m.
Harvard sits in sixth place overall with a score of 62, trailing Ohio State (88) Princeton (88), Notre Dame (82), Penn State (81) and St. John's (81). 

Vloka was the Crimson's most impressive fencer as she tallied 15 wins with a +29 scoring index. She finished her day one win away from finishing in the final four. Freshman Kara Lee concluded the tournament with a respectable nine wins good for 17th saber.

Kiefer was Harvard's best fencer with the foil as she tallied 13 wins during the two day tournament. With a +16 scoring index, Kiefer finished the event in 11th place. Chou was the Crimson's other entrant in the field tallying six wins and 23rd.

Freshman Emma Vaggo was the Crimson's best fencer with the epee finishing 14th ending her time at the tournament with 10 wins. Junior Nadia Eldeib was Harvard's other competitor in the field as she tallied nine wins and finished in 18th.