First-years Tartakovsky and Czyzewski Bring Home Medals for No. 5 Women’s Fencing

Photo by: Derek Hamilton
Photo by: Derek Hamilton

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.- The No. 5 Harvard women's fencing team concluded its NCAA Regional campaign with two medal winning performances from first-years Elizabeth Tartakovsky and Veronica Czyzewski in sabre. Adding to the Harvard success, four other student-athletes found themselves in the top 10 of their respective weapons class.


In their NCAA Regional debut, first-years Elizabeth Tartakovsky and Veronica Czyzewski took home second and third place finishes, respectively after three pools of play in sabre. The duo collectively tallied 38 victories and a +92-touch differential. The duo swept their opponents in the opening round before registering five more victories each in the following pool.

The epee quartet of Saanchi Kukadia, Catherine Beddingfield, Shawn Wallace and Cindy Gao put together stellar top-10 performances to carry momentum for the Crimson. In her second NCAA Regional appearance, Kukadia sought 14 victories and accumulated a +18-touch differential while first-year Beddingfield tabbed 13 wins. Following closely Wallace's 16 victories and +11-touch differential garnered her a sixth-place finish of Cindy Gao's ninth to cap off Harvard's dominant epee outing.

With its last weapons bout of the day, Natalie Yang took home a 10th place for Harvard followed right behind by Liana Henderson-Smel. Yang compiled 10 victories while teammate Semel-Henderson tallied 11 of her own.

Harvard Highlights

  • First-year sabre specialists Elizabeth Tartakovsky and Veronica Czyzewski led the charge for the Crimson, both posting a perfect 6-0 sweep in the opening round against their competitors.
  • In epee, Saanchi Kukadia marked her second consecutive top-five finish at NCAA Regionals. The Sophomore improves to a 48-25 record on the year.
  • After a 10th-place finish, Yang leads Harvard in foil with a 38-26 record. 

On Tap
Upon the NCAA's announcement on Tuesday, March 12 of the fencers to advance to the NCAA Championships, the Crimson will prepare for the journey to Cleveland State with competition beginning March 21 and running through the 24.