No. 4 Women’s Fencing Sends 10 to New York for NCAA Northeast Regionals

No. 4 Women’s Fencing Sends 10 to New York for NCAA Northeast Regionals

Jarocki returns to the NCAA Northeast Regionals as two-time defending saber champion (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ten women fencers travel to Poughkeepsie, New York to compete in the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Sunday, March 13, hosted by Vassar. 

About the NCAA Northeast Regionals
Harvard is sending 10 student-athletes to compete at the NCAA Northeast Regionals, giving each the chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. A year ago, Adrienne Jarocki earned her second gold medal in the saber division to lead all fencers for the No. 4 Crimson, while Aliya Itzkowitz finished third also fencing saber. 

NCAA Northeast Regionals Program

Saber: Adrienne Jarocki, Aliya Itzkowitz, Gabrielle Tartakovsky
Foil: Liana Yamin, Liana Henderson-Semel, MacKenzie Lawrence, Hali Nelson
Epee: Shawn Wallace, Sharon Ra, Claire Dinhut

Last Time Out
Harvard tallied its ninth-straight Beanpot Championship after defeating Brandeis (20-7), MIT (20-7), and Boston College (16-11). Saber fencers Adrienne Jarocki and Gabby Tartakovsky went a perfect 9-0 at the event, while saber teammate Aliya Itzkowitz finished with an 8-1 record.

In the Ranks
*as of March 11, 2016
1. Notre Dame
2. Columbia
3. Princeton
4. Harvard
5. Northwestern
6. Ohio State
7. Penn State
    St. John's
9. Pennsylvania
10. Temple

Date Rank
Jan. 15    
Jan. 29 
March 11 
No. 4
No. 4 
No. 4 

Related Link: Fencing Coaches Poll

By the Numbers
Eleven fencers sport a record above .500, with three winning 30-or-more bouts. The team has combined to win 231 individual matches, putting its winning percentage at .724.

Fencer Weapon Record Winning %

Adrienne Jarocki
Aliya Itzkowitz
Shawn Wallace
Gabby Tartakovsky
Hellary Zhang
MacKenzie Lawrence
Hali Nelson
Liana Yamin
Sharon Ra
Liana Henderson-Semel
Julia Carstens


Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time. 

Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand is in his 17th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in the last 14 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won four Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 228-68-1 record on the women's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard. 

Last Season
Harvard went 13-5-1 during the 2014-15 season, finishing seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships. Returner Adrienne Jarocki earned first team All-America honors for the second-straight season, along with Aliya Itzkowitz who received All-America honorable mention. Harvard returns six letterwinners from last year's squad: saber fencers Aliya Itzkowitz, Adrienne Jarocki, foil fencers Mackenzie Lawrence, Hali NelsonLiana YaminHellary Zhang.  

Fresh Faces
Harvard added four women freshmen to the 2015-16 roster including Liana Henderson-Semel (foil), Sharon Ra (epee), Gabby Tartakovsky (sabre) and Shawn Wallace (epee).

Aye Aye, Captain
Adrienne Jarocki '17 and Liana Yamin '17 were named the captains for the 2015-16 campaign.

Coming Up
The top fencers at the NCAA Northeast Regionals will have the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Championships which will be from March 24-27 at Brandeis. The official list of who will vie for the title will be announced Tuesday, March 15.