NEW HAVEN, Conn. The Bulldogs are hosting the Ivy League Fencing Round-Robins this weekend in the Lanman Center of Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The team will face off against Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and Cornell at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:45pm, and 4:45pm respectively on Saturday. On Sunday, the team faces Penn at noon and Brown at 2:45. Dartmouth does not field a varsity fencing team and thus will not be represented.
The team's results in the Ivy League Round-Robins has been on an upward trend over the last four years. After coming in sixth place for two consecutive years, the team finished in fifth last year and is aiming higher this weekend. Last year, the Bulldogs won decisive victories against Cornell and Brown, lost a bitter 14-13 match against Harvard, and fell to Princeton, Penn, and Columbia.
Already, the Bulldogs have had the opportunity to sample the competition, losing to Columbia and taking a tough 15-12 loss against Penn earlier this season. The team has been working hard to build up the competitive edge needed to flip those scores and eagerly anticipates the rematch.
Individually, the Bulldogs will have the opportunity to earn All-Ivy recognition, which is awarded to the top finishers in each weapon. Titles are given on the criteria of proportion of wins throughout the tournament. The first three finishers make First Team All-Ivy, and those who finish between third and sixth place will make Second Team All-Ivy. In 2016, now seniors Sarah Pak and Lucy Friedmann came in 11th and 10th place in foil and epee respectively. In 2017, Pak and now junior Anna Zhou came in ninth and 14th place in foil; now junior Michelle Nam met the percentage requirement for epee but not the mandatory minimum of bouts fenced. In 2018, Pak and Nam both made Second Team All-Ivy, taking sixth and fourth in foil and epee respectively. The Bulldogs are represented this weekend by several of the best in the Ivy League.
report by Jacqueline Hayre-Pérez '21, Yale Sports Publicity