Improves Substantially Over Past Performances
PHILADELPHA—Facing off against some of the top teams in the nation, the Yale women's fencing team posted an all-round performance at the Feb. 23 US Collegiate Squad Championships, with its saber squad claiming fourth, epee team finishing fifth and foil squad coming in sixth.
The squad championship, hosted this year by Penn in Philadelphia, brought together teams from Boston College, Brandeis, Fairleigh Dickinson, Haverford, North Carolina, NYU, Ohio State, Penn, Princeton, Stevens, Temple and Vassar.
Defending NCAA national champion Princeton clean swept the field, claiming victory in the saber, epee and foil. Yale's best performance of the day came in saber, where the team comprised of junior Rachel Hayes, freshmen Lillie Lainoff and Joanna Lew and sophomore Maria Martinez finished in fourth place.
The Bulldogs' epee squad—senior Alison Barton, freshman Olivia Briffault, sophomore Katherine Miller and senior Brenda Seah—came fifth, while the foil team, featuring junior Josephine Massey, junior captain Lauren Miller and sophomore Megan Murphy, finished in sixth.
Those results built substantially upon Yale's past performances at the US Collegiate Squad Championships. Although Yale did not compete at last year's tournament, two years ago the Bulldogs finished in eighth overall. At that tournament, the epee squad closed in eighth place, the foil team claimed ninth place and the sabre weapon squad finished 13th.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the Mar. 9 NCAA Northeast Regional, which will take place Wellesley, Mass. Performance at the Ivy League Championship, as well as throughout the regular season, will determine which fencers advance to the regional tournament.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.