April 28, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale women's fencer Sada Jacobson (Dunwoody, GA) has been named to the United States Olympic fencing team. Jacobson, who defeated younger sister Emily 15-13 in the sabre final at the U.S. Fencing national championships in Atlanta last weekend, is the world's top ranked women's fencer in the sabre category. She earned that ranking last June at the New York City Grand Prix, defeating two-time World Cup champion Elena Jemayeva, of Moscow, Russia, 15-11, to earn the gold.
Jacobson, a two-time NCAA champion for the Bulldogs, left Yale in November of 2002 to concentrate on her fencing full time. She plans to re-enroll in the fall.
Women's sabre will be an Olympic event for the first time in 2004. The Ivy League has not had an Olympic fencing medalist since the Los Angeles Games of 1932 when Columbia's Hugh Alessandroni and Yale's Dernell Every and Frank Righeimer each earned bronze in team foil.