CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Harvard women's fencing team opened up home play with wins over Tufts (25-2) and Wellesley (24-3) during the weekday contests. The Crimson moves to 6-1 on the season.
In the first bout of the night against Tufts, the Crimson created a strong offensive attack, sweeping the Jumbos 9-0 in sabre and epee. Senior Gabrielle Tartakovsky and junior Marta Lasota recorded Harvard's highest touch differentials of the night, posting a plus-14 against the jumbos in sabre. The foil squad added a 7-2 score to top Tufts, 25-2.
Against Wellesley, foil fencers Liana Henderson-Semel, Melissa Du, and Cynthia Liu had a perfect performance to give the Crimson a 9-0 lead. Liu bested each of her opponents to string together a touch differential of plus-13. In sabre, first-years Elizabeth Tartakovsky, Veronica Czyzewski and Martha Merriam recorded an 8-1 score to add to Harvard's winning efforts before a 7-2 epee battle. The Crimson topped the Blue 24-3 to conclude the nights' events.
- Saanchi Kukadia and Catherine Beddingfield recorded sweeps across the board in epee.
- In foil, Liana Henderson-Semel put up a perfect record, 6-0, while posting a combined plus-24 touch differential against Wellesley, the senior recorded a perfect 5-0 against two of her opponents.
- Elizabeth Tartakovsky notched two sweeps in her field, sabre, tallying a plus-11 touch differential over Tufts.
The Crimson heads south after the new year to Brooklyn, N.Y. to partake in the St. Johns Invitational, Jan 19. Harvard will face Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State, Columbia and host St. Johns.
Harvard 25, Tufts, 2
Harvard 24, Wellesley 3