UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—The Yale women's fencing team fared well under significant pressure from highly ranked teams this weekend at Penn State. The women walked away with a win against Haverford and a narrow 14-13 loss to UNC.
"It was a very long day, longer than we've ever fenced before. But I'm incredibly proud of how we fenced. Our seniors also had a particularly strong showing," said captain Joanna Lew.
The saber squad beat Penn State 5-4, a huge upset that was led by Ilana Kamber, who went 3-0 and beat Kacy Charpin after coming back from a four-point deficit. Other highlights included the performance of Lew, who went 13-6 in saber for the day, sweeping opponents from Duke and UNC. Fellow saber team member Lillie Lainoff went 2-1 against the current NCAA Champions Columbia, and beat Lena Johnson, who came in ninth at NCAA Championships and second in NCAA regionals.
Additionally, senior foil Megan Murphy won against an All-American fencer from Penn State.
"We fenced seven rounds, and we were at the venue for more than 10 hours. Everyone managed to pull through, with the enthusiasm and sportsmanship that our team is known for," said team manager Lainoff.
The freshman fencers also continued to show their potential, with Lucy Friedmann finishing the day 14-7, sweeping both Columbia and Penn. And both Sarah Pak and Jenny Zhao beat Jessie Laffey, one of Columbia's top foil fencers.
The women will prepare in the coming week for their next competition on Sunday at St. John's.
Report filed by Caroline Hart '17, Yale Sports Publicity.