Jarocki leads all Crimson fencers with a 55-5 record (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After winning its eighth-straight Beanpot championship in its last outing, No. 4 Harvard women's fencing looks to continue its momentum at the NCAA Northeast Regional, hosted by NYU. An individual event, Harvard won five medals a year ago.
Last Time Out
For the eighth-straight year, the Crimson earned a championship at the Beanpot after taking down teams from MIT (22-5), Boston College (19-8) and Brandeis (21-6). The Crimson improved to 14-5-1 with the victories.
The sabre squad led the way for Harvard, as Aliya Itzkowitz and Kara Lee turned in perfect 9-0 records. Adrienne Jarocki was close behind, ending at 8-1. Among foil fencers, Hali Nelson recorded a 7-2 record, while MacKenzie Lawrence finished unbeaten at 6-0. Emma Väggö's 7-2 mark led the epee group.
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By The Numbers
Ten student-athletes hold a record above .500, and seven have posted more than 30 wins. The team has combined for 358 total wins, posting a .664 winning percentage through 20 contests.
Harvard's sabre squad, comprising of Adrienne Jarocki, Aliya Itzkowitz and Kara Lee, has gone unbeaten through 20 matches, posting a 19-0-1 overall record with seven 9-0 shutouts. Each of the three has eclipsed the 40-win plateau, with Jarocki logging the best indicator at +170. Itzkowitz has recorded a +113 touch differential, while Lee is at +59.
Four Harvard student-athletes earned All-Ivy honors in 2015, including three placements on the first team. Adrienne Jarocki and Aliya Itzkowitz earned first team honors at sabre, and Isabel DiTella made the cut wielding the epee. Emma Väggö was placed on the second team.
Senior captain Kara Lee was recognized as the ECAC Co-Fencer of the Week on February 18 after turning in a undefeated performance at the Beanpot. The Islip, New York, native went 9-0 with a +27 touch differential to lead Harvard to the tournament title.
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.
Behind the Crimson
About the NCAA Northeast Regional
Harvard is sending ten student-athletes to compete at the NCAA Northeast Regional, giving each the chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. A year ago, Adrienne Jarocki and Isabel DiTella won gold medals, while Aliya Itzkowitz and Alexandra Kiefer '14 earned silver, and Nina Van Loon donned the bronze.
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 214-67-1 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's top performers will compete in Columbus, Ohio, at the NCAA Championships from March 19-22.