CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Peter Brand, head coach of the Harvard women's fencing team, has announced the incoming Class of 2022 for the upcoming 2018-19 season. The incoming six-member freshmen class includes Catherine Beddingfield (Épée), Veronica Czyzewski (Sabre), Melissa Du (Foil), Cynthia Liu (Foil), Martha Merriam (Sabre) and Elizabeth Tartakovsky (Sabre).
Czyzewski, Du, Merriam and Tartakovsky hail from New Jersey, while Beddingfield is a local native of California and Liu of Massachusetts.
The six incoming freshmen will join a team that went 12-5 in 2017-18, finished third at the Ivy League Championships and had two All-Ivy and two All-America honorees.
Catherine Beddingfield | Épée | Pacific Palisades, Calif. | Marlborough School
Member of the gold medal Junior Olympics team in 2018... Member of the silver medal Senior World Championships team in 2018... Placed in the top eight in Juniors at 2018 National Summer Championships... Finished in the top 32 at the 2017 Junior World Cup... Member of the bronze Senior Teams at the 2017 Summer National Championships and North American Cup... Member of the 2016 Senior Summer National Championships... 2016 silver medalist in Cadet at the Summer National Championships... 2016 top 8 finalist at Summer National Championships....Silver team medalist at 2016 Junior Olympics... Placed top 16 in the European Cadet Circuit...Finished top 8 in Cadet at the 2016 North American Cup.... 2018 USA Fencing First Team All-American... Named 2018 First Team USA Fencing All-Academic in 2015-18... 2018 Marlborough Hall of Fame for fencing inductee...2017-18 Cum Laude society member... AP Scholar with Distinction... 2018 Academic Achievement Award... 2017 Winner of Wellesley Colege Book Award... 2016 and 2017 Two Scholastic Art and Writing Silver Key Award for Photography... Founder of the Blanket Project for the Homeless... Ambassador and Volunteer for Children's Skin Disease Foundation.
Veronica Czyzewski | Sabre | West Caldwell, N.J. | Newark Academy
Fenced Sabre A Strip for four years at the Newark Academy … Received All-State first team honors in 2015 and 2016 and an All-State second team nod in 2017 … 2018 Junior Olympic Team Champion … 2017 Junior Olympics Champion … 2017 silver medalist in the junior category at the Summer National Championship … 2017 Bronze medalist in Division I at the Summer National Championships … Finished in the top 16 at the Plovdiv Junior World Cup in Bulgaria in 2017 … 2017 Division I National Champion … Named to the USA Fencing 2017 High School All-American first team … Earned bronze at the Cadet Pan American Games in 2016 … Two-time Cadet North American Cup Gold Medalist in 2016 … Finished in the top eight at the Cadet World Cup in Budapest in 2015 … National finalist at the Cadet North American Cup in 2015 … Volunteer at the Polish Cultural Foundation and the Davita Dialysis Center.
Melissa Du | Foil | Short Hills, N.J. | Millburn HS
Member of the varsity fencing team for four years at Millburn … Elected captain for the 2017-18 season … Wendy's High School Heisman School winner and state finalist in 2017-18… Named the Men of Essex Scholar Athlete in 2018 … Tabbed to the NJSIAA High School Fencing first team All-State from 2016-18, third team All-State in 2015-16 and second team All-State in 2014-15 … Received the All-Conference Award, first-team in 2016-17 … Placed fifth at the High School individual State Championships in 2018 … Placed third in foil at the Squad State Championships in 2017 … Placed first in the District 3 Foil Squad Championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018 … Placed second at the Santelli Girls Foil Championships in 2018 … Placed fourth at the High School Individual State Championships in 2017 and 2016 … Placed first at the District 3 Foil Squad Championships in 2016 and 2017 … Received the Essex County Scholastic award … AP Scholar with Distinction … USA Fencing All-Academic first team in 2015-18 … Class Valedictorian … Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
Cynthia Liu | Foil | Brookline, Mass. | Brookline HS
Named the Canadian Fencing Federation 2017 Female Cadet Athlete of the Year … Placed seventh at the 2018 Junior Pan-American Championships … Placed first at the 2017 April Senior Canada Cup … Placed fifth at the 2017 Junior Pan-American Championships … Placed seventh at the 2017 Cadet World Championships … Placed first at the 2016 Junior World Cup in December … Placed third at the 2016 Pan-American Championships … Member of IFA Boston from 2016-present … Member of the Gold Fencing Club from 2011-2016 … Member of the National Honors Society … National Merit Scholarship Finalist in 2018.
Martha Merriam | Sabre | Tenafly, N.J. | Academy of the Holy Angels
Member of the bronze medal Junior World Championships team in 2016 … Junior Pan American Champion … Junior Olympic bronze medalist … Cadet World Cup bronze medalist … Member of the U.S. National Team as a Cadet and Junior in 2016 … Fenced at the Manhattan Fencing Center and the Advance Fencing and Fitness Academy … Member of the National Honors Society and Science National Honors Society … Received Honor Roll/Principles List distinctions all four years at the Academy of Holy Angels … Father, John C. Merriam, graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School … Uncle, George R. Merriam III, graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School … Grandfather, George R. Merriam Jr., played lacrosse at Brown … Sister, Martyna Urbanoqicz, fenced at Columbia.
Elizabeth Tartakovsky | Sabre | Livingston, N.J. | Livingston HS
Member of varsity fencing team for four years at Livingston … Member of the Manhattan Fencing Center, the US Cadet Under 17 National Fencing Team (2017) and the US Junior (Under 20) National Fencing Team (2016-2018) … Received the 2018 Essex County Scholar Athlete Award … Named to the New Jersey All-State first team in 2015 and 2016 … 2016 State Individual Champion in women's sabre … 2015 Santelli Sabre Squad Champion … 2015, 2016 and 2017 State Squad Champions in women's sabre … Member of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Junior National Team … Member of the 2017 Cadet National Team … Member of the 2016 bronze and 2018 silver World Medalist Junior Women's Sabre team … 2017 Individual World bronze medalist in Cadet Women's Sabre … Officer and member of the National Honor Society … Member of the Spanish National Honor Society … 2016 and 2017 Music Fest Talents Festival grand prize winner for piano … Volunteered for the Yury Gelman Foundation and the Livingston Soccer Circle … Sister, Gabrielle Tartakovsky '19, fences at Harvard.