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Madeline Oliver. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Rolling Into Competition On Heels of Dominant Weekend

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – When the Yale women's fencing team competes for the Ivy League Championship at Coxe Cage on Feb. 11-12, the Bulldogs will draw confidence from their lopsided victories in recent weeks.

"The team has certainly been working hard to be in top fencing shape with a competitive mindset going into Ivies," junior captain Robyn Shaffer said.

Just last weekend, the Bulldogs routed Vassar, 19-8, and Drew, 26-1, at Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Those wins built on momentum generated by the team's 15-12 victory at home against Sacred Heart on Jan. 28.

"We've come together as a team throughout the season, and I'm hoping our results will reflect that as we try to improve over last year's performance," Shaffer said.

With a stronger and more developed team this year, Yale will look to avoid a repeat of its performance at last year's Ivy League Championships. Then, the Bulldogs finished with a 0-6 record after a tough weekend of competition.

This year, the team will open its bid for the Championship at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, when it takes on Brown. After a short lunch break, the Bulldogs will take on Harvard, at 2:45 p.m., and Cornell, at 4:15 p.m.

The next day, Yale will face Princeton at 10:00 a.m. before the lunch break. Then, the team will finish-off competition with matches against Penn and Columbia.

"The Ivy League Championship is a tough tournament, and we've known that from the beginning," Shaffer said. "We'll be as competitive as we can, while maintaining a positive attitude and good spirit throughout the weekend."

Tickets for the Ivy League Championship can be purchased at the door. A day pass costs $5 for adults and $3 for students. A weekend pass costs $8 for adults and $5 for students.

After the Ivy League Championship, the Bulldogs will compete at the United States Collegiate Squad Championships at NYU on Feb. 26.

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Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.

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