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Women's Fencing en garde at the Penn State Invitational

Lucy Friedmann
Lucy Friedmann

NEW HAVEN, Conn. After a week of intensive winter training, the team is in peak shape to defend their undefeated record and avenge last year's losses at the Penn State Invitational.

The Bulldogs are travelling to the Penn State Invitational to compete this Sunday against Penn State, Haverford, UNC, Temple, and Duke.

Last year, the team brought home victories over UNC, Haverford, and Duke and suffered close losses against Columbia, and Temple. Penn State posed a particular challenge, but the Bulldogs have the momentum of a five-meet winning streak coming out of the Brandeis Invitational in December.

Captain Sarah Pak says, "we've been training really hard for the past week, and although Penn State is a long and physically challenging tournament, I think we are well prepared, and I'm excited to see how we do this weekend."

The team is also buoyed by the addition of Coach Michael Kim, who specializes in saber. Throughout winter training, he has been working closely with the squad to improve technique and revitalize its performance.

"Saber has been training really hard all week. We've improved a lot since our last meet at Brandeis and are excited to see how we do," says saber squad captain Lauren Kim.

Coach Kim will be accompanying Head Coach Harutunian, Coach Wang and the team to provide the squad with his experience and guidance throughout the competition.


report by Jacqueline Hayre-Pérez '21, Yale Sports Publicity