Six seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The men’s fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Jeffrey Hatten (Farmington, Conn.) of the men’s golf team and Talis Trevino (Marietta, Ga.) of the gymnastics team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Adam Fields (Jericho, N.Y.) of the men’s fencing team and Abigail Nunn (Richmond, Va.) of the women’s swimming and diving team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) of the women’s ice hockey team and Michael Pratt (Garden City, N.Y.) of the men’s lacrosse team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.
The new captains for next season were announced and several players received awards for their efforts this past season at the Yale fencing teams' annual end of year banquet. Sophomore Cornelius Saunders will captain the men’s team while junior Robyn Shaffer was elected to lead the women’s team for another year.
The Yale men’s fencing team wrapped up competition at the Mar. 24-25 NCAA National Championship in 12th place overall, with each of the three fencers competing displaying their skill in Columbus, Ohio over the course of the weekend.
After the day’s competition at the Mar. 11 NCAA Northeast Regional Championship, held this year at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., the Yale men’s team has qualified three fencers for the Mar. 22-25 NCAA National Championship.
It was a difficult second day of competition for the No. 10 Yale men’s fencing team at the Feb. 11-12 Ivy League Championship in Coxe Cage, as they finished the tournament with a 1-4 record to slot in fifth place.
Despite the difficult competition at the Feb. 11-12 Ivy League Championships, two members of the Yale men’s fencing team — freshman James Broughton and sophomore Peter Cohen — earned second team All-Ivy honors for their strong performance over the weekend.
At last year’s Ivy League Championship, the title came down to just one match — the Yale men’s fencing team fell to Harvard in the final bout, losing 14-13. The No. 10 Bulldogs hope to avenge that result this year at the Feb. 11-12 Ivy League Championships, hosted at home at Coxe Cage for the first time.
Sophomore Cornelius Saunders’ fourth-place finish in epee highlighted the opening weekend of competition for the Yale men’s fencing team at Penn State’s Garret Open. En route to the fourth-place finish Saunders topped one of the best fencers in the country, Notre Dame’s James Kaull, 15-7.