First-Year Elizabeth Tartakovsky Captures Sabre Individual Ivy Champion Title

First-Year Elizabeth Tartakovsky Captures Sabre Individual Ivy Champion Title

Complete Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Concluding the Ivy League Championships, the No. 5 women's fencing squad added one more victory over Brown and to its 3-3 weekend venture, finished tied for third. Additionally, first-year Elizabeth Tartakovsky won the 2019 Sabre Individual Ivy Champion honor after posting a 14-2 record with +39-touch differential on the weekend.

Beginning the morning with bouts against No. 9 Penn, Harvard was edged out by the Quakers after they captured a 5-4 win from the sabre squad before the foil squad tallied four more victories. 

The Crimson quickly bounced back for its second round of bouts against Brown.  After posting a sweep, Elizabeth Tartakovsky paved the way for her fellow sabre teammates, Veronica Czyzewski, Martha Merriam and Gabrielle Tartakovsky to take a commanding 7-2 win over the Bears. Shortly thereafter, the momentum carried into the foil teams offensive attack as Natalie Yang and Cynthia Liu swept their opponents for another 7-2 win. Epee team members, Cindy Gao, Shawn Wallace, Saanchi Kukadia secured the overall win after picking up a 6-3 win. 

In the final contest of the tournament against No. 10 Princeton, the Crimson fell by a 14-13 margin. Despite posting a 7-2 victory from the foil group, the Tigers answered with their own 7-2 victory in epee. The outcome came down to the sabre bouts where Princeton clinched the overall win after going on a four-bout run prior to back-to-back scores from Elizabeth Tartakovsky and Czyzewski.

As competition concluded, four Crimson members earned All-Ivy accolades. After earning her individual champion title, Elizabeth Tartakovsky was named First-Team All-Ivy, while teammates Cindy Gao, Cynthia Liu and Veronica Czyzewski were named second-team. In sabre, Czyzewski tabbed a +26-touch differential during her 10-4 campaign, while Gao tallied a +7-touch differential in her eight epee victories. Fellow first-year Cynthia Liu additionally took home second-team Ivy honors as she put together 10 victories and an overall +7-touch differential.

Harvard Highlights

  • Additional to earning he individual title, Elizabeth Tartakovsky tabbed an 8-1 record with a +24-touch differential on the day, including sweeps over her competitors from Penn and Brown.
  • In Foil, junior Natalie Yang and first-year Cynthia Liu picked up a sweep across their Brown opponents, collecting a +9-touch differential each.

Harvard 12, No. 9 Penn 15
Sabre: 5-4
Foil: 4-5
Epee: 3-6

Harvard 20, Brown 7
Sabre: 7-2
Foil: 7-2
Epee: 6-3 

Harvard 13, No. 10 Princeton 14
Sabre: 4-5
Foil: 7-2
Epee: 2-7 

What's Next?
The Crimson women prepare for the 12th annual Beanpot hosted by Brandeis to face local competitors from Boston College, MIT and Brandeis on Wednesday, Feb. 13 beginning at 6 p.m.