Harvard Fencing Takes Sixth at NCAAs, Three Women and Four Men Earn All-American Status

Harvard Fencing Takes Sixth at NCAAs, Three Women and Four Men Earn All-American Status

Three Harvard women's fencers earned All-American honors at the 2013 NCAA Championship (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

SAN ANTONIO – The Harvard fencing teams completed the 2013 NCAA Championship with 134 victories for sixth place on Sunday at Freeman Coliseum. Junior Alexandra Keifer and freshmen Iliya Itzkowitz and Nina van Loon earned All-American honors on the final day of bouts to give the Crimson seven such honors on the weekend.

Keifer led the women's charge with 15 victories and a +26 indicator at the tournament. The Lexington, Ky., native finished the championship in sixth place to collect the third All-American honor of her collegiate career.

In the epee, van Loon managed to amass 12 wins and a +4 scoring differential to take 11th in her first run at nationals. Sophomore Emma Vaggo picked up 10 victories (-8) to end the weekend in 14th place.

Freshman sabre Iliya Itzkowitz collected an All-American honorable mention with a 12th place finish at the national meet. Itzkowitz won 11 bouts and turned in a +3 indicator to secure the honor in her first season. Sophomore Kara Lee also delivered 11 victories, but a -9 scoring differential left the sabre in 15th place at the conclusion of the competition.

The three All-American honors by the women complemented the four earned by the men's squad over the first two days of the tournament. Sophomore epee Peregrine Badger fought his way to a bronze medal for first team accolades, while classmate Brian Kaneshige and freshman Michael Woo nabbed second-team honors in the foil. Junior epee Michael Raynis earned an All-American Honorable Mention.

Princeton won the team title with 182 victories. Notre Dame (175), Penn State (163), Ohio State (146) and St. John's (139) rounded out the top five teams.

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