Nov. 2, 2006
The Yale women's fencing team is poised to improve on last year's 8-6 regular season record. It will certainly miss Carly Guss '06 but can expect strong performances from a group of six freshmen. The sabre team will likely see the most improvement of any of the squads from last year. The Bulldogs will rely on the epee squad to set the tone.
The epee squad boasts the most experience of any of the three weapons. Seniors Anne Nguyen and Tejas Srinivas return to lead the way. Nguyen placed 23rd in the region last season and Srinivas took 20th. They will look for support from junior Eugenia Poland and sophomore Abigail Freeman.
The team has extremely high hopes for freshman Rebecca Moss, who tied for third in foil in the 2006 Junior Olympics. She will be a major strength of the epee squad and the entire Bulldog team.
Senior captain Alisa Mendelsohn will lead the foil squad. The team's strongest returning competitor is junior Diana Schawlowski. Schawlowski placed in the top 16 at last year's IFA's in Philadelphia, making her Yale's highest foil finisher. Newcomer, freshman Lidia Gocheva, will likely round out the Bulldogs' starting three. And sophomore Jennifer Cohen will add much needed depth.
Three freshmen additions -- Katherine Arden, Jennifer Ivers, and Farrah Kimovec -- make the sabre squad the most likely to show improvement. Senior Genevieve Tauxe and junior Umi-shakti Ausar-Sahu return to lend experience. The squad's strongest returner, however, is junior Erin Frey, who placed 16th in the region last season. It will be tough, however, to compensate for the loss of national qualifier Carly Guss '06.
Report filed by Nicholas Thorne '08, Yale Sports Publicity