Botwinick Earns Bronze at North American CupOn Monday, Apr. 26, junior foilist Nathaniel Botwinick competed at the fencing North American Cup in Virginia Beach, Va., in the foil Division I category. The North American Cups are a series of tournaments organized by the US Fencing Association. These tournaments give fencers from across the world the opportunity to fence others in similar ability/age competitions. Division I competitions are the precursors to and the qualifiers for the United States National Team, which is how the Olympic Team is chosen. Botwinick finished third in a field of almost 200 fencers, earning the Bronze medal. He lost only one bout all day, in the semifinal medal round to Andras Horanyi, who was the NCAA champion in 2007 and 2008.
Fencing Holds Annual BanquetThe Yale fencing teams had its annual end of the year banquet on Saturday, Apr. 10. The banquet is meant to celebrate the past season and to honor the achievements of certain fencers who have distinguished themselves. The team also announced the election of sophomore Jonathan Holbrook as the new men's fencing captain.
Ten Bulldogs Earn Winter Academic All-Ivy HonorsTen Yale student-athletes were honored today, as the Ivy League released its list of those selected for Academic All-Ivy recognition in winter sports. Eligible student-athletes include all starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Botwinick Finishes Sixth at Nationals, Named All-AmericanAt the conclusion of the second and final day of the NCAA Men's Fencing National Championship hosted by Harvard, Yale junior Nathaniel Botwinick claimed sixth place among all foilists. The performance was good enough to earn Botwinick a spot on the All-America team. Teammate John Gurrieri finished 23rd among the foilists, and Colin Mills finished 24th among the saberists.
Botwinick in Second Place at End of Day OneAfter one day of competition, Junior Nathaniel Botwinick stands in second place overall in the men's foil portion of the NCAA Fencing National Championship. Along with senior foilist John Gurrieri and freshman saberist Colin Mills, Botwinick is representing Yale at the National Championship. Gurrieri stands in 21st place among the foilists and Mills stands in 24th place among the saberists.
Botwinick, Gurrieri, Mills Advance to NationalsOn Tuesday, March 16, the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Committee announced a field of 144 competitors who will participate in the NCAA Fencing National Championships. Among these 144 competitors, the Yale men's fencing team will have three representatives: junior foilist Nathaniel Botwinick, senior foilist John Gurrieri, and freshman saberist Colin Mills.
Botwinick, Holbrook, Gurrieri Qualify for NationalsJohn Gurrieri, Jonathan Holbrook, and Nathaniel Botwinick qualified to fence at NCAA Nationals this Sunday. Botwinick had an incredible performance, only losing three bouts the entire day to finish first overall. Gurrieri finished third, and Holbrook eighth.
Bulldogs Head to NCAA Regional ChampionshipsThe Yale mens fencing team is spending the week preparing for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, to be held this Sunday, March 14 at Brown University. The Regional Championships are the main determinant of which fencers qualify to move on to the NCAA National Championships, to be held on March 27 and 28. Yale has qualified 11 fencers for the Regional Championships.
Botwinick, Gurrieri, Mills Named All-IvyAt the conclusion of the Ivy League Championship this past Sunday in Philadelphia, Penn., three fencers from the Yale mens fencing team were named to All-Ivy squads. Junior Nathaniel Botwinick was named to the first team All-Ivy in foil, senior John Gurrieri was named to the second team All-Ivy in foil and freshman Colin Mills was named to the second team All-Ivy in saber.
Yale Finishes Fourth in Ivy LeagueThe Yale men's fencing team completed Ivy League competition with a 15-12 loss to Brown this afternoon. In the second half of the Ivy League Championships, hosted by Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn., Yale had only Brown to fence. The loss brought the Bulldogs' Ivy League dual-meet record to 2-3, good for fourth place in the Ivy League. Junior Nathaniel Botwinick was named to the first team All-Ivy in foil, senior John Gurrieri was named to the second team All-Ivy in foil and freshman Colin Mills was named to the second team All-Ivy in saber.
Bulldogs to Fence Brown in Second Half of Ivy ChampionshipsThe Yale men's fencing team will complete competition in the Ivy League Fencing Championships this Sunday, Feb. 28. Last week, in the first day of competition hosted by Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., the Bulldogs fenced to a 2-2 record against Columbia, Harvard, Penn and Princeton. The second day of the Championships will be hosted by Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn. The Bulldogs have only Brown left to fence during this final day of the Ivy Championships.
Bulldogs Win Two at First Day of Ivy ChampionshipsThe Yale mens fencing team finished up the first day of the Ivy League Championships with a 2-2 record. Todays dual meets were part of the first half of competition, hosted by Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. As the only team to fence against four opponents, the Yale had a full schedule, fencing against Columbia, Harvard, Pennsylvania and Princeton. The Bulldogs came away with wins against Columbia and Pennsylvania, while losing two heartbreakers against Harvard and Princeton.
Bulldogs Get Ready for Ivy CompetitionThis Sunday, Feb. 21, the Yale mens fencing team will head up to Ithaca, N.Y., where Cornell will host the first half of the Ivy League Championships. Competition will begin at 11 a.m. and Yale will fence Columbia, Harvard, Penn and Princeton. The championships are a two-day event, and the second half will take place the following Sunday, hosted by Penn in Philadelphia. The Bulldogs head into Ivy competition with an 11-2 dual-meet record. The team will leave for Ithaca Saturday at noon bringing 16 fencers along for the competition.
Nathaniel Benzimra Finishes Competing at Junior OlympicsOn Friday, Feb. 12, sophomore saberist Nathaniel Benzimra competed at the fencing Junior Olympics, in the saber Junior category. The Junior Olympics are the are the national championships for junior and cadet fencers, and are the precursors for the Junior and Cadet World Fencing Championships. Benzimra placed 71 out of 157 competitors. He was accompanied to Memphis for the tournament by head coach Henry Harutunian.
Nathaniel Benzimra to Fence at Junior OlympicsOn Friday, Feb 12, freshman Nathaniel Benzimra will take part in the fencing Junior Olympics. Benzimra will be fencing in saber in the Junior category. The tournament will take place in Memphis and will last throughout the weekend. Benzimra, along with coach Harutunian, will leave New Haven on Thursday.
Yale Defeats Sacred Heart, DrewOn Saturday, the Yale men's fencing team soundly defeated Sacred Heart and Drew in a final tune-up before the Ivy League Championships. The Bulldogs hosted the meet in the seventh-floor fencing salon in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Before a supportive hometown crowd, the Elis defeated Sacred Heart by a final score of 16-11 and Drew by a final score of 21-6. The victory against Drew was an improvement of six wins over last year, while the victory against Sacred Heart was an improvement of one win over last year.
Yale to Fence Sacred Heart, DrewThe Yale men's fencing team will host Sacred Heart and Drew for a meet on Saturday, January 30. The meet will take place in the seventh floor fencing salon in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium. This will be the Elis' final competition of the regular season, before they begin Ivy League competition.
No. 9 Bulldogs Win Three of Five at NYUThe Yale mens fencing team traveled to New York to compete in the NYU Invitational fencing tournament on Saturday, Jan. 24. The Bulldogs came away with a 3-2 record on the day, defeating NYU, Wayne State and Stevens Tech. Yale lost to arguably the top two teams in the country, Notre Dame and Ohio State. By defeating NYU, the Elis improved on last years 2-3 record at the event.
Bulldogs Prepare for NYU InvitationalNEW HAVEN, Conn. The Yale mens fencing team will compete in the NYU Invitational tournament this Saturday, Jan. 23 in New York, N.Y. The meet will be the Bulldogs first major multi-team competition since returning from winter break, and it will be the Bulldogs last such event before Ivy League competition. Yale will fence against Notre Dame, Stevens, Wayne State, NYU and Ohio State.
Bulldogs Down VassarThe Yale men's fencing team kicked off the new year with a 15-12 win over Vassar, on Monday January 18. The Bulldogs hosted the dual meet in the Seventh Floor Fencing Salon at Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The victory indicates that the Elis have not missed a beat since their sweep of the Brandeis Invitational right before winter break.
Bulldogs Sweep Brandeis InvitationalThe Yale mens fencing team pulled off a clean sweep at the Brandeis Invitational fencing tournament on Saturday, winning all five dual meets in which it participated. The Bulldogs compiled a 5-0 record against St. Johns (14-13), UNC (14-13), Brandeis (17-10), Boston College (18-9) and MIT (21-6).
Bulldogs to Fence at Brandeis InvitationalOn Saturday Dec. 5, the Yale mens fencing team will travel to Waltham, Mass., to compete in the Brandeis Invitational. The event will be the Bulldogs first team competition of the season; before the Thanksgiving break, the Elis kicked off the season with the Penn State Openan individual tournament.
Bulldogs Finish Fencing at Penn State OpenOn Saturday and Sunday, the Yale men's fencing team took part in its first competitive tournament of the year, the Penn State Open, in State College, Pa. In the individual tournament, the Bulldogs performed well, with four of their six foilists finishing in the top 16. Nathaniel Botwinick finished fourth in foil, Colin Mills finished seventh in saber, and the team as a whole defeated Harvard fencers over ten times over the course of the tournament. Taylor Gregorie-Wright fenced very well and made it into the top 16 before losing to two-time NCAA champion Andras Horanyi.
Revamped Fencing Team Gears Up for 09-10 SeasonThe Yale mens fencing team will begin its 2009-2010 season this weekend with the Penn State Open, in State College, Pa. The tournament will be the teams first competitive meet of the season, and will serve as a tune-up for what the Bulldogs hope will be an exciting and successful season. The Elis have four returning seniors, including captain Andrew Holbrook and team manager Thomas Bell. Joining them will be a talented class of freshmen fencers who will fill necessary holes, making the Bulldogs a more complete and well-rounded teamone that has legitimate aspirations for the Ivy League title this season.
Bulldogs Tune Up For Season With Dernell Every OpenOn Saturday, Nov. 14, the Yale fencing teams participated in the Dernell Every Open, held in the seventh floor fencing hall of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The annual event brings together current fencers with alums to compete against one another in a friendly tournament. It is organized by the Yale Fencing Association, and serves as a fundraiser for the team, as well as a gathering for alumni/ae. Though winners are crowned for each weapon category, for both men and women, the true focus of the tournament is to give current fencers and alums a chance to get together for a friendly day of fencing and camaraderie. The Dernell Every Open also allows alums an opportunity to reconnect with each other and with beloved head coach Henry Harutunian.
Harutunian Inducted Into U.S. Fencing Hall Of FameDuring a formal ceremony at the 2009 U.S. National Fencing Championships, legendary Yale coach Henry Harutunian was inducted into the U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame. A large crowd was on hand to witness Harutunian's induction, including dozens of past and current Olympians, nearly 150 active fencers, U.S. fencing officials and a vocal and enthusiastic group of more than a dozen Yale fencers and family.