In an unprecedented result, Yale women's fencing upset No. 5 St. John's with a definitive score of 18-9 at the Brandeis Invitational on Dec. 4. The day was a resounding success for the Bulldogs, with a full sweep of the competition, 5-0. UNC was the only team to reach double digits against the Bulldogs (Yale won 15-12.)
Yale started off the day with a trio of wins against BC, Brandeis and MIT (the scores were 21-6, 19-8 and 19-8, respectively.)
After lunch, the Bulldogs took on the Red Storm. The foil squad led the way with an incredible 9-0 finish. The saber squad also had a phenomenal performance, going 6-3 against a Red Storm squad with two top-eight NCAA Championship finishers in Margaret McDonald and Mathilde Taharo. Senior saber fencer Joanna Lew swept her three saber bouts. Sam Wood, the saber squad's alternate, also fenced and beat McDonald in the last round.
"I was thrilled to win against St. John's for the first time in my Yale career," Lew said.
Captain and senior epeeist Katherine Miller was equally elated over the Bulldogs' 5-0 sweep. "I'm so incredibly proud of the team. We dominated from the very beginning of the day, and I think the decisiveness of virtually all of our victories is a testament to how hard we've all been working. I can't wait to see what we do next."
The Bulldogs will take a break for Winter Recess, before returning to campus to prepare for the Penn State Dual Meets on Jan. 15.