Two Incoming Freshmen Join Women’s Fencing in 2017-18

Two Incoming Freshmen Join Women’s Fencing in 2017-18

CAMBRIDGE – Mass. – Peter Brand, the head coach of the Harvard women's fencing team, has announced the addition of two freshman for the upcoming 2017-18 season: Cindy Gao (Epee) and Saanchi Kukadia (Epee). 

"Despite a small class this year, both Saanchi and Cindy are vital in shoring up our Epee squad.  Both have extensive competitive experience both nationally and internationally," said head coach Peter Brand. "More importantly their personal traits are in line with what we look for in a Harvard fencer.  We are confident that this combination will insure quick integration that will greatly enhance the probability of them both making an immediate impact on the women's program."

The incoming freshmen join a team who finished fifth at the NCAA Championships last season. 

Cindy Gao | Epee | Toronto, Ontario | University of Toronto Schools
Named National Fencing Athlete of the Year during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons … Senior National Champion in 2017 … Finished third at the 2017 Junior Pan American Games … At the 2017 Pan American Games, finished first … Won the Cadet North American Cup in 2016 and finished sixth at the Cadet World Championships that same year … Earned Dr. T.M. Porter Memorial Scholarship for highest average in 2014-15.

Saanchi Kukadia | Epee | Manhasset, N.Y. | Manhasset
Captain and anchor all four years at Manhasset … Member of the Fencers Club Inc. since 2013 … All-County Athlete in 2014 … All-Long Island Athlete in 2014 … Nassau County Scholar-Athlete in 2014 … 2015 Cadet World Team member … Won the FC Grand Prix  series in 2015 and 2017 … New York Athletic Club HS Invitational Champion in 2015 … Senior Team Champion at Division 1 Nationals in 2016 … Finished in the top eight at the 2017 Junior World Cup in Burgos, Spain … AP Scholar with Distinction … Gold Honor Roll Member … Part of the Women's Education Project in 2017 … Volunteered with the Khumbu Foundation in 2016-17.