Women’s Fencing Readies for 2019-20 Debut in Philadelphia

Women's Fencing team photo.

PHILIDELPHIA, Penn. Women's fencing will hit the road for its first contest of the year at the Elite Invitational at Penn in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. The women will have a first-round bye before competing against Temple University at 10 a.m.

In the rounds to follow the Crimson will meet the likes of Penn, Air Force, Penn State and Northwestern. The team will conclude their day with the final round at 6 p.m. against Princeton.

Last, year Harvard sent the maximum lot of fencers to the NCAA National Championships including returning Veronica Czyzewski in saber, Cynthia Liu and Natalie Yang in foil and epee specialist Saanchi Kukadia. This team combined with the men tallied 150 points at the NCAA Championships and tabbed a fourth-place finish to conclude the year.

What to Know

  • Harvard has never competed in the Elite Invitational at the University of Penn.
  • Harvard adds two first-years to the roster in Maria Theodore at sabre and Karina Wang at foil.
  • Seniors Marta Lasota and Natalie Yang lead the charge for the women's squad as co-captains for the 2019-20 season.
  • Adam Maczik comes over from Boston College to join the coaching staff as an assistant and Eli Dershwitz '19 returns to Cambridge as the volunteer assistant.
  • The women combined for a 51-40 record at NCAA Championships last season and a regular season record of 174-99.

At the Helm
The Crimson had a busy offseason adding many new faces to Cambridge including Daria Schneider who will enter her first season at the helm for Harvard.

Up Next
The Crimson will head down the road to in-state rival Brandeis for the Brandeis Invitational on Sunday, Dec. 1.