Four Newcomers Set to Join Women's Fencing in 2013-14

Four Newcomers Set to Join Women's Fencing in 2013-14

Harvard adds four freshmen to a roster that returns three All-Americans from a year ago (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's fencing team will welcome four student-athletes from the Class of 2017 to the program this fall, head coach Peter Brand announced. Adrienne Jarocki, Hali Nelson, Liana Yamin and Erica Zhao will join the Crimson for the upcoming campaign.

Two members of the Class of 2017 are sabre fencers, while the other duo are foil fencers.

The Crimson newcomers will be joining some talented company as the squad finished the season with an 12-8 overall record in 2012-13, while going 4-2 in the Ivy League, finishing third in the Ancient Eight. Harvard also finished sixth at the NCAA Championships and had three All-Ivy honors, while three fencers receive All-America accolades.  
The Class of 2017

Adrienne Jarocki/Middle Village, N.Y./Bronx High School of Science/Sabre
Competed for the USA Junior National Team ... Member of the 2013 Junior World Champion Women's Saber Team ... Won the gold medal at the 2012 Junior Olympics ... In 2013, won gold at the Budapest Junior World Cup and Phoenix Junior World Cup ... Won gold at the Division I North American Cup in 2012 ... In 2013, won the silver medal at the Junior World Championships ... Silver medalist at the 2012 Summer Nationals ... Finished second in FIE World Ranking for Junior Women's Saber in 2012-13 ... Had a silver medal finish at the Camden Cadet Circuit in 2012 and fifth-place finish in 2011... Won the bronze medal at the Dormagen Junior World Cup in 2012 ... In 2012, placed ninth at the Sosnowiec Junior World Cup ... Finished 10th at the Udine Junior World Cup in 2013.

Hali Nelson/Brookline, Mass./Brookline/Foil
Placed seventh at the Division IA Nationals in women's foil in 2012 ... Recipient of the Society of Women Engineers honor award in 2013 ... Member of National Honor Society.

Liana Yamin/Allendale, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional/Foil
Four-year letterwinner ... Led Northern Highlands Regional to three New Jersey state championships ... Helped Northern Highlands Regional to three New Jersey Girl's Fencing Team of the Year Honors ... Three-time Women's Foil All-League first team selection ...  Three-time New Jersey Foil Squad state champion ... In 2011, won the individual District 4 championships ... Member of the Summer Nationals Juniors silver medalist team in 2011 ... Two-time Junior Olympics Junior Teams bronze medalist ... Finished eighth at the Junior Olympics Juniors in 2012 ... Had a ninth-place finish at the Junior Pan American ZOnal Championships in 2013 ... In 2013, placed 14 at the Junior Olympic Juniors ... At the November North American Cup Division I in 2012, placed 15th ... Member of the US Junior Women's Foil Team at the World Cup in Zagreb, Croatia in 2012 ... AP Scholar ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... Member of the Science League and National Honor Society ... Her sister, Jennifer Yamin, fences at Northwestern University.

Erica Zhao/Plano, Texas/Shepton/Sabre
Competed for the Dallas Fencers Club at the national and international level ... In 2010, won the gold medal at the European Cadet Circuit in Germany ... Silver Medalist at the European Cadet Circuit in Poland in 2011... In 2012, had a second-place finish in Juniors at the North American Cup ... Placed third in Cadets at the Junior Olympics in 2012 ... At the Junior Olympics in 2011, finished third in Juniors ... Had a top-eight finish in Juniors at the Junior Olympics in 2012 ... Placed sixth at the European Cadet Circuit in London (2012), Senior National Championships (2011) and Division I North American Cup ... Youth 14 national champion ... AP Scholar ... Junior Representative of Diversity Club ... Communications Officer of Itinerary Club ... President and Co-Founder of the French Club for middle school students ...  Honor Roll student ... Member of National Honor Society and French Honor Society.