Women’s Fencing Opens 2016-17 Slate at Tradition Tournament

Women’s Fencing Opens 2016-17 Slate at Tradition Tournament

Adrienne Jarocki is the defending NCAA Champion in sabre (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's fencing team is set to open their 2016-17 slate at the Tradition Tournament December 4 in Fairfield, Connecticut against Sacred Heart, Temple, New York University, Penn State and Vassar.

Last Season
Harvard went 14-1 during the 2015-16 season, finishing seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships. The reigning national champion in sabre, senior Adrienne Jarocki earned first team All-America honors and a first-place overall finish going a combined 19-4 at the NCAA tournament and a tournament-best plus-35 touch differiental. Jarocki is joined by sophomore Shawn Wallace, who accumulated All-America honorable mention distinction with a 13-10 record at the NCAA Tournament.

Harvard returns 10 letterwinners from last year's squad: Sabre fencers Adrienne Jarocki and Gabby Tartakovsky, foil fencers Liana Henderson-Semel, Mackenzie Lawrence, Hali Nelson and Liana Yamin, and epee fencers Julia Carstens, Claire Dinhut, Sharon Ra, and Shawn Wallace.

The Crimson welcome two freshmen to the squad: foil fencer Natalie Yang and sabre fencer Marta Lasota.

Scouting the Field
Harvard swept all five teams in last year's Tradition Tournament, securing the win with a 22-5 mark against Sacred Heart, 22-5 score versus NYU, outlasting Penn State with an 18-9 mark, a 23-4 score against Vassar 23-4 and challenging Temple to a 17-10 win. Harvard has gone undefeated at the Tradition Tournament for the past three years.

Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand enters his 19th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in each of the last 15 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won eight Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 228-68 record on the women's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard. 

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Adrienne Jarocki and Liana Yamin have been chosen by their teammates as the Harvard women's fencing captains for the 2016-17 season. The duo of Jarocki and Yamin will serve as the third pair of two-time captains that has been elected by their teammates in Harvard women's fencing history.

What's Next?
The women's team has a quick turnaround, as they host Wellesley College on Wednesday, December 7th at 6 p.m. The matchup will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.