No. 7 Women’s Fencing Goes 3-2 at St. John’s Invitational

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

QUEENS, N.Y.- After a day of multiple bouts, the No.7 women's fencing squad took home three wins from the St. John's Invitational, with victories over ranked opponents No. 3 Columbia, No. 5 Ohio State and host St. John's. 

Opening up the invitational with a back and forth banter against Penn State, the women were edged by the Nittany Lions 15-12. With a quick rebound, the Crimson topped third-ranked Columbia 14-13, as the epee team of Cindy Gao, Shawn Wallace and Saanchi Kukadia notched a 7-2 score to propel Harvard to its first victory of the day.

After falling to No. 1 Notre Dame 19-8, Harvard climbed to back-to-back wins, besting the Buckeyes 15-12 and the host, St. John's, 17-10. Despite two losses Head Coach Peter Brand stated, "the women showed great improvement over last year," referring to the previous 2-3 outing at the invitational.

Harvard Highlights

  • First-year Veronica Czyzewski took the charge for the Crimson in sabre going 8-4 on the day as fellow sabre fencer tabbed a 7-5 record.
  • Epee fencers, sophomore Cindy Gao and senior Shawn Wallace tabbed standout performances as they swept their Columbia competitors. Wallace additionally tallied an 8-3 record on the day.
  • Junior Natalie Yang notched a 7-6 on the day as first-year Cynthia Liu produced a pair of wins against Ohio State and St. John's.

Results
Harvard 12, Penn State 15
Sabre: 6-3
Foil: 5-4
Epee: 3-6 

Harvard 13, Columbia 14
Sabre: 7-2
Foil: 3-6
Epee: 3-6

Harvard 8, Notre Dame 19
Sabre: 6-3
Foil: 5-4
Epee: 3-6

Harvard 15, Ohio State 12
Sabre: 5-4
Foil: 5-4
Epee: 5-4 

Harvard 19, St. John's 8
Sabre: 7-2
Foil: 6-3
Epee: 6-3

Up Next
The Crimson concludes its play at the Malkin Athletic senior when it hosts NYU for Senior Day on Feb. 2 beginning at noon. Broadcast coverage will air on EPSN