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Fencers Celebrated at Banquet

Fencers Celebrated at Banquet
             At the end of season celebration banquet for Yale women's fencing, fencers were recognized for their performances and contributions to the program.

            The biggest moment of the night was when team captain and senior epeeist Katherine Miller was presented with not only the Sherry Macy Award for her tenure as captain, but also the Sada Jacobson Award for excellence in the sport. It is not an annual award – in fact, this is the first time it has been conferred in over four years. Miller finished eighth at the most recent NCAA Championships, therefore earning Second Team All-American, her highest finish in her three trips to the event. She was also a member of the Brazilian Olympic team at the 2016 Olympic Games.

            Senior saber fencer Joanna Lew was presented with the Everett M. Wetchler Memorial Award, given to the "senior member of either the men's or women's varsity team who best exemplifies the qualities of competitive spirit, achievement and dedication to Yale fencing." Lew placed 13th at this season's NCAA Championships, her third and final trip to the competition. She served as captain of the team for the 2015-2016 season.

            Two other seniors, epeeist Olivia Briffault and saber fencer Lillie Lainoff were also honored at the celebration. Briffault helped the epee squad to a fifth place finish at the 2016 squad championships and fenced in both the 2011 and 2013 Maccabi Games. Lainoff tied for 11th with Lew at the 2017 Ivy-League Round-Robins and finished 24th at the 2017 NCAA Championships. She also served as manager of Yale women's fencing for the 2015-2016 season.

            Junior saber fencer and team manager Ilana Kamber was awarded with both the Coach Harutunian Award for Best Junior and the Corey Friedlander Award for the team member who, "through the great personal sacrifice, along with a deep sense of devotion to her fellow fencers, has contributed most to the organization, wellbeing, and general morale of the Yale fencing team." Kamber finished ninth at this year's Ivy-League Round-Robins.

Kamber was elected by the current members of the team to serve as captain for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.