Women’s Fencing Welcomes Three Freshmen for 2014-15 Season

Women’s Fencing Welcomes Three Freshmen for 2014-15 Season

The incoming Crimson will join a defending national champion and six All-America selections (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Peter Brand, the head coach of the Harvard women's fencing team, has announced the addition of three recruits for the upcoming 2014-15 season; Claire Dinhut, MacKenzie Lawrence, and Hellary Zhang

Hinhut will compete in the epee, while Lawrence and Zhang look to add depth in the foil.

The three incoming freshmen join a Harvard squad that returns nine letterwinners from 2013-14 who helped the Crimson post a 16-4 overall record and go 4-2 against Ivy League competition to finish second in the league. Harvard's six All-Ivy honorees, including Outstanding and Rookie Performer Adrienne Jarocki, helped the Crimson take fifth at the NCAA Championships, where Jarocki was crowned the NCAA individual sabre champion and six fencers garnered All-America accolades.

Meet the Class of 2018

Claire Dinhut | Fr. | Sabre | Los Angeles, Calif. | Marlborough
At the Junior Olympics in 2013, took ninth in the Junior class and finished in the top-eight in the cadet class … As a cadet in 2012, captured bronze at the Junior Olympics … Placed in the top-eight at Summer Nationals in 2012 as a cadet … In 2012, earned a team silver medal at Summer Nationals … AP Scholar … CSF Tutor.

MacKenzie Lawrence | Fr. | Foil | Leawood, Kan.| Phillips Exeter Academy
Earned a team silver medal at the Summer Nationals in 2013 … Captured bronze in the Division 1A division at the 2013 Summer Nationals … Finished 18th at the Junior Olympics in 2012 … In 2011, took 16th at the Junior Olympics … Served as the co-head of the fencing club as a senior … USFA All-Academic first team selection in 2011 … Worked as the Admission Head Tour Guide and Communications Manager of Women in Math and Science at Phillips Exeter in 2013-14 … Her father, Willie Edward Lawrence, Jr., graduated from Harvard in 1979 and Harvard Medical School in 1983 while her mother, Sandra '85, graduated from Harvard Business School.

Hellary Zhang | Fr. | Foil | Louisville, Ky. | DuPont Manual
Took 12th at the 2014 Division I National Championships … Finished 10th in Junior at the January 2014 North American Cup … Won Gold at in Division I-A at the 2013 Summer Nationals … Earned 16th in Junior at the 2013 Junior Olympics … At the 2012 Summer Nationals, finished 12th in Junior … Placed first in the Division II North American Cup in March 2012 … Took bronze in Cadet at the 2012 Junior Olympics … Captured gold in the Division III Summer Nationals in 2011 … Member of the Bluegrass Fencers' Club since 2009 … National Merit Scholar … National AP Scholar … U.S. President Scholar Program Semifinalist … Two-year FBLA Chapter President … FBLA State Reporter … Scholastic Writing Awards Silver Medalist … Member of National Honor Society.