CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's fencing team will look for its eighth-straight Beanpot championship, competing at Brandeis on Wednesday, February 11 at 5 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's fencing team ended the two-day Ivy League Round Robin Tournament with a 4-2 record, tying for second place with Penn and Princeton.
Adrienne Jarocki posted the top record in the entire field at 18-0, and was one of two fencers to end undefeated. Aliya Itzkowitz finished third among sabre fencers at 13-5. Isabel DiTella finished second among epees at 15-3, and MacKenzie Lawrence was Harvard's top foil fencer, ending the event at 9-8.
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By The Numbers
Nine student-athletes hold a record above .500, and five have posted more than 27 wins. The team has combined for 294 total wins on the season.
Harvard's sabre squad, comprising of Adrienne Jarocki, Aliya Itzkowitz and Kara Lee, has gone unbeaten through 17 matches, posting a 16-0-1 overall record with five 9-0 shutouts. Each of the three has eclipsed the 30-win plateau, with Jarocki leading the way at 47-4 overall.
Behind the Crimson
Four Harvard student-athletes earned recognition on the All-Ivy League first and second teams. Adrienne Jarocki, Aliya Itzkowitz and Isabel DiTella were each placed on the first team, while Emma Väggö was honored on the second team.
Junior captain Aliya Itzkowitz was named the ECAC Fencer of the Week on December 11, 2014 after compiling a perfect 18-0 record to start the year. Itzkowitz is no stranger to on-the-strip accolades, as she was an All-America first team selection a year ago.
About the Beanpot
Harvard won the Beanpot in each of the last seven years, and looks for its eighth-straight Beanpot title at Brandeis on February 11. The Crimson will take on Boston College, MIT and the host Judges at the event.
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 Alexandra Kiefer '14 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.
Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand is in his 16th season at the helm for the Crimson, posting 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 211-66-1 record on the women's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard.
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.
Harvard women's fencing posted a 16-4 record in 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 returned 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.
Harvard competes next at the NCAA Northeast Regional on March 8 in New York City.