Bulldogs Fence in Philly

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Strong Performances from Individual Squads

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Yale men's fencing traveled to Philadelphia for the Feb. 23 US Collegiate Squad Championships. The Bulldogs put together a strong performance in the bracket-style tournament.

The competition differed in format from Yale's other events this season. In this tournament, the individual squads—epee, foil, and saber—competed individually against teams from Brandeis, Boston College, FDU, Haverford, OSU, Penn, Princeton, Stevens, Temple, UNC and Vassar. The tournament was single-elimination, with the losing teams entering into a consolation bracket.

Yale's saber squad, composed of junior Hugh O'Cinneide, freshman Ian Richards, and freshman Reed Srere, performed well, finishing in 5th place. After losing in the first round to 3rd-seeded UNC, Yale swept the consolation bracket, beating Vassar and NYU in turn.

The epee squad also put on a strong performance, coming in 4th place in its bracket. The squad, featuring seniors Peter Cohen and Cornelius Saunders, as well as sophomore Derek Soled, started the afternoon with an upset of 4th-seeded UNC. The team then lost to Princeton in a match that would have secured 3rd place.

The foil squad finished 5th in another strong field. Junior Sam Broughton, together with sophomores Jin Ishizuka and Brian Wang, lost in the first round to Boston College, but then went on to beat Haverford and UNC.

This was a successful overall showing for the Bulldogs, who were coming off a 5th-place finish at the Ivy League Championships. Their performance this weekend was indicative of the strength of the individual squads that make up the Yale side.

Yale will now look ahead to the Mar. 9 NCAA Northeast Regional in Wellesley, Mass. That event will determine whether any of Yale's fencers will move on to compete in the Mar. 20-23 NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio.


Report filed by Owen Kaye-Kauderer '16, Sports Publicity