NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The No. 5 Harvard women's fencing squad went 2-1 on the first day of the Ivy League Championships finding victories over Yale and Cornell, while falling to No. 3 Columbia.
Opening up tournament play against host Yale, the women jumped out to a dominant 8-1 lead over the Bulldogs as the sabre group of Elizabeth Tartakovsky, Veronica Czyzewski, Gabby Tartakovsky, Martha Merriam and Marta LaSota took a strong offensive charge. Harvard tabbed seven more wins in in epee when Shawn Wallace, Cindy Gao and Saanchi Kukadia tabbed six victories in a row. The Crimson sealed the overall victory after collecting three more scores in foil.
Moving onto the rematch with No. 3 Columbia, the Crimson struggled to find its grove after putting up a 5-4 mark from the sabre squad of the Elizabeth Tartakovsky, Czyzewski, and Merriam and fell to the Lions, 18-9. Harvard quickly bounced back in the contest with Cornell, posting back-to-back 6-3 scores in foil and epee. The Crimson fortified a positive outcome when the sabre squad collected four more victories
- Rounding out the day in sabre, first-year Elizabeth Tartakovsky sits second on the leader board after recording six victories in seven bouts with a +15-touch differential.
- First-year Melissa collected a sweep over her Cornell opponents, boasting a +9-touch differential.
- In epee, Sophomore Cindy Gao swept her Yale competitors and tallied a +5-touch differential.
Harvard 18, Yale 9
Harvard 18, No.3 Columbia 9
Harvard 16, Cornell 11
Harvard looks to the final day of competition, closing out the Ivy League Championships against No. 10 Princeton, No. 9 Penn and Brown tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.