Joanna Lew
Joanna Lew
Year: Senior
Hometown: Durham, N.C.
High School: North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Major: Chemistry
Weapon: Saber

2015-2016: Team captain… Placed 20th at NCAA Championships… Finished ninth at NCAA Regionals, winning an impressive total of 11 bouts… Went 13-6 at the Penn State Dual Meets… Tied for 11th at Ivies… Member of saber squad that finished fifth at squad championships.

2014-2015: Placed 16th at NCAA Regionals… Went 2-1 against Sacred Heart… Contributed to team’s wins against Air Force, Johns Hopkins, Boston College and many others… Made it to the top 16 DE bracket at Penn State’s Garret Open.

2013-14: Finished in 12th place in saber at NCAA National Championship ... Qualified for NCAA Nationals after a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional ... Closed in 10th place in saber competition at her first Ivy League Championship ... Member of the saber squad that claimed fourth place at the U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships.

Before Yale: Started fencing at eight years old under Ned Light, who admitted her to his program a year early "due to two years of insistent begging" ... Had seen Light do a fencing demonstration at a bar mitzvah and fell immediately in love with the sport ... Began training at Mid-South Fencer's Club ... Began competing nationally in ninth grade ... Just after 10th grade finished third in Juniors at Summer nationals ... That jumpstarted a "greater thirst for competition" ... In junior year traveled to London and Godollo, Hungary, for a Cadet World Cup, finishing 24th individually in London, third in team, and finishing second in team in Godollo ... Placed top 32 at a Div I NAC and competed in the Korfanty Cup, where she finished in the top 64 ... Currently coached by Darius Wei of Mid-South Fencers Club, having been coached by all members of the Mid-South staff in previous years ... Strongly influenced by Stephen Kovacs.

Fun fact: Is a member of WORD performance poetry.