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Bulldogs Top North Carolina, Haverford At Penn State Invitational

Kristina Kim Photo
Kristina Kim Photo

NEW HAVEN, Conn. On Sunday, the Women's Fencing Team competed against six schools, facing Penn State, Haverford, and Columbia in the morning, and UNC, Temple, and Duke after the lunch break.

The Bulldogs lost to Penn State, but first-year Joy Ma went undefeated throughout all three bouts.

Bouncing back, the team brought home a decisive 22-5 victory against Haverford. The foil and saber squads both emerged with 7-2 victories. Senior captain Sarah Pak and sophomore Mary Barnett went undefeated in foil and saber respectively. In epee, senior Lucy Friedman won all three of her bouts, and Ma remained undefeated. Overall, the epee squad lost only a single bout.

Against Columbia, the team struggled in several close 4-5 bouts, ultimately losing.

The afternoon started off strong with an exciting 21-6 win against UNC, a school against which Yale narrowly defeated 14-13 in their previous three encounters. The foil squad won every single bout, resulting in clean sweeps for starters Pak, junior Anna Zhou, and sophomore Camille Pham. Junior squad captain Michelle Nam went undefeated in epee, and sophomore Lauren Kim went undefeated in saber. Overall, squad totals came to 9-0, 6-3, and 6-3 wins for foil, epee, and saber respectively.

The match against Temple was bitterly fought; after a three-bout comeback, the team lost in the final bout 5-4 to ultimately lose 14-13. Foilist Zhou maintained her undefeated record from UNC, and first-year Shirley Wang won all three of her bouts in epee.

Against Duke, junior Samantha Wood won both of saber squad's two bouts, an especially impressive feat given her recent transfer from foil to saber. Pham was undefeated for the entire round, wrapping up what was, overall, an impressive record for the foil squad.

Upon returning to campus, the team is doubling down in practice in anticipation of the Pennsylvania Invitational on January 20th.

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