Itzkowitz Featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd

Itzkowitz Featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd

Itzkowitz boasts a 17-1 record (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Aliya Itzkowitz of the Harvard women's fencing team has been selected as one of Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd featured in the December 23 issue. The sabre fencer is one of six athletes across the nation to earn the honor that has been published in every week of the magazine dating back to 1956.

Itzkowtiz, who calls London, England home, has been one of the Crimson's top performers this season as she has only dropped a single bout to boast a 17-1 record. To begin her sophomore campaign, she went 3-0 against local rival Tufts Dec. 5 to help Harvard continue its dominance on its home strips, extending the Crimson's home winning streak, which dates back to the 2002-03 season, to 34-straight matches in Cambridge. The victory also stretched Harvard's undefeated streak against the Jumbos to 21 matches.

At the Tradition Tournament Dec. 8, Itzkowitz highlighted the Crimson fencer's performances. With a 14-1 mark, she helped the squad go unbeaten against its five opponents to boast a 6-0 overall record, marking the best start under head coach Peter Brand since the Crimson matched that record to begin the 2010-11 season.

Harvard will put its unbeaten streak on the line when it travels to Queens, N.Y., for the St. John's Invitational Sunday, Jan. 26. Fencing will commence at 10 a.m. at the Taffner Field House.