NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Rising senior Sarah Pak has been elected to lead the Yale women's fencing team in the upcoming 2018-2019 season. Since she joined the team three years ago, she has been an integral member of the foil squad. Her teammates speak highly of her positive attitude and ability to remain calm at tournaments and her results speak for themselves.
Before Yale, Pak also enjoyed great success in the fencing community. At Summer Nationals in 2015, her team won the gold medal in Junior Foil and the year before she placed fifth at the 2014 Junior Olympics. As a Cadet, she even competed internationally.
Her time on the Yale team began with a silver medal at Penn State's Garret Open and a top-fifteen finish at the Northeast Regionals. Her impressive results at the Ivy League Round-Robins have climbed steadily since then. In her first year, she placed 11th, as a sophomore she took ninth, and this year, she placed sixth.
Academically, Pak is pursuing the challenging molecular, cellular and developmental biology major and doing research. In the future, she hopes to attend medical school.
As the manager this year and a dedicated teammate, she is particularly proud of the team's successes. At the Ivy League Round-Robin, women's fencing came within one bout of defeating Harvard and earlier in the season, the Bulldogs scored a victory against Temple's highly successful team. The Bulldogs' success culminated with being ranked ninth in the nation.
Proud of her team's accomplishments, Pak is excited to lead the Bulldogs next season.
"I'm looking forward to working even harder next year and building upon the success of this past year," she said.