Women’s Fencing Opens Season Against Tufts

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's fencing kicks off its fall schedule against Tufts at the Malkin Athletic Center. The first matches will take place at 6 p.m.

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NCAA Champion

Sophomore Adrienne Jarocki returns to the Crimson lineup after winning the NCAA Championship in the sabre division as a freshman. Jarocki defeated her teammate, junior Aliya Itzkowitz, in an all-Crimson final.

Seniors Isabel DiTella and Emma Väggö placed sixth and ninth, respectively, in the NCAA epee championship a year ago and then-senior Alexandra Kiefer posted a top-five finish in the foil bracket. All five of the Crimson student-athletes who placed in the top-10 earned All-American status.

Season Preview

Series Against Tufts

The Crimson boasts a 21-0 record all-time against the Jumbos, including a 22-5 victory to kick off the 2013-14 slate. The Crimson is unbeaten in Cambridge over the last 35 matches, with the last defeat coming during the 2002-03 season.

Last Season

Harvard women's fencing posted a 16-4 record during 2013-14, including a 5-1 record in conference play. The team ended the season by sweeping the opposition at the Beanpot and taking fifth as a team at the NCAA Championships in March.

Harvard returns seven letterwinners from last year's squad: seniors Kara Lee and Emma Väggö; juniors Isabel DiTella and Aliya Itzkowitz; and sophomores Adrienne Jarocki, Hali Nelson and Liana Yamin.

Leading the Way

Head coach Peter Brand enters his 16th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in every season under his watch. Harvard has won three Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 200-62 record on the women's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard.

Fresh Faces

Harvard has added four freshmen from around the country for the 2014-15 season. MacKenzie Lawrence and Hellary Zhang join the Crimson's foil squad, while Claire Dinhut and Julie Park will compete wielding the epee.

Aye Aye, Captain

Kara Lee '15 and Aliya Itzkowitz '16 were named the captains for the 2014-15 campaign, marking the 19th time in program history that the Crimson has had two captains. Lee is the 13th Harvard fencer to be a captain for two seasons.

Scouting Tufts

Tufts enters tonight's matchup at 0-0, like the Crimson, though competed in a series of scrimmages at the Vassar Invitational. The Jumbos went 6-2 over their preseason schedule, defeating Stevens Tech, Queens, Lafayette, Army, Yeshiva and CCNY during the tournament. Tufts ended the 2013-14 season with a fifth-place showing at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championships.

Coming Up

Harvard will be back in action this Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Tradition Tournament, hosted by Sacred Heart. In addition to the host Pioneers, the Crimson will face Temple, New York University, Penn State and Vassar. Harvard women's fencing went a perfect 5-0 at the Invitational last season.