NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Rising senior Ilana Kamber has been elected to lead the Yale women's fencing team in the upcoming 2017-2018 season. A three-year starter on the women's saber squad, Kamber has been an integral member of the team since her first year. She qualified for NCAA Championships, the highest level of collegiate competition, as only a freshman. And success has continued to follow her. She lost a mere four bouts of 17 in the opening meet of her sophomore year and finished her junior-year season with a very solid winning record.
Kamber was an impressive recruit for the Bulldogs, committing in December of 2013. Before Yale, she was ranked thirty-third on the Junior National Points list and competed all over the globe. Much thanks is owed to Coach Marcos Lucchetti, who trained the young Kamber for five years at his club Lucchetti Fencing USA.
Outside of fencing, Kamber is extremely involved in campus life. A history major, she works as an event assistant for the Council for Middle East Studies at the Macmillan Center and acts as co-coordinator of YHHAP's Kitchen-to-Kitchen initiative, providing the New Haven hungry with leftovers from Yale Dining. In addition, Kamber devotes her time to Camp Kesem at Yale, a program that provides support for children whose parents have been the victims of cancer.
The new captain has high expectations for the upcoming season, hoping to continue the upward trajectory of Yale Women's Fencing: "We ended this season ranked in the top 10, which I think shows how much Yale [Women's] Fencing has improved in recent years." She looks forward to being part of this growth and working with the team's coaches "to build upon [the success of last] season."
Rising junior Sarah Pak will act as team manager and she, like Kamber, thinks the team stands to "only [get] better" and is "excited to see what happens next."
Although Yale Women's Fencing is sad to say goodbye to its graduating seniors, the team looks forward to the opportunities that its next season will bring.
Report by Lucy Friedmann '19, Yale Sports Publicity