Four Freshmen to Join Women's Fencing in 2015-16

Four Freshmen to Join Women's Fencing in 2015-16

The incoming Crimson will join two All-America selections from last year's squad (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Peter Brand, the head coach of the Harvard women's fencing team, has announced the addition of four freshmen for the upcoming 2015-16 season: Liana Henderson-Semel (foil), Sharon Ra (epee), Gabby Tartakovsky (sabre) and Shawn Wallace (epee).

Henderson-Semel hails from Millwood, New York, while Ra is a native of New City, N.Y. Tartakovsky is from Livingston, New Jersey, and Wallace joins Harvard from Singapore. 

The four incoming freshmen will join a Crimson team that went 14-5-1 in 2014-15 and has two All-Americans returning in Aliya Itzkowitz (sabre) and Adrienne Jarocki (sabre).

Meet the Class of 2019

Liana Henderson-Semel | Foil | Millwood, N.Y. | Horace Greeley
Member of FAW ... Served as team captain at Junior Olympics ... Team captain at NAC Nationals ... Junior team national silver madalist in 2014 and gold medalist in 2013 and 2012 ...  Cadet NAC silver medalist in 2014 and 2013 ... Junior Olympic silver medalist and team gold medalist in 2014 ... Winner of Conner Porter Memorial Scholarship.

Sharon Ra | Epee | New City, N.Y. | Clarkstown South
Fenced epee at Clarkstown South and for the Fencing Academy of Westchester … Two-time USFA New York State Champion … 2014 NJ division Women's Epee Open Champion …Helped team place second at 2015 Junior Olympics … Placed ninth in cadet North American Cup in October, 2013 … Took 12th at January North American Cup in 2014 … USFA All-Academic first team from 2012-14 … Academic Excellence Award … National Honor Society member.

Gabby Tartakovsky | Sabre | Livingston, N.J. | Livingston
Four-year letterwinner and two-time captain at sabre for Livingston … Named to All-State first team in 2014 … New Jersey Scholar Scholarship Award recipient … Led team to 2015 state championship, and three district championships … Gold medal winner at 2013 North American Cup … Medaled at the Cadet Junior Olympics, German World Cup and Junior North American Cup … National Honor Society member … National Spanish Exam Gold Winner.

Shawn Wallace | Epee | Singapore | Middlesex School
Ranked eighth in national point standings for junior women's epee and 23rd in senior women's epee ... Placed fourth on 2014 Junior team at Junior Olympics ... Finished top 32 at Junior World Cup in Laupheim, Germany ... Helped team finish second at 2014 Division I Championships ... Also a two-year member of crew team ... AP Scholar ... Co-Founder of Migrant Workers Outreach Club ... Volunteered for Read Global NGO ... Father, Sean, graduated from Harvard in 1985 and was co-captain of the wrestling team ... Uncle, Todd Pollack, played football at Boston College.