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Yale Heads to U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships

Olivia Briffault (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Olivia Briffault (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale women's fencing team is off to Princeton, N.J., to fence in the United States Collegiate Fencing Squad Championships on Sunday. The Bulldogs will face Brandeis, Columbia, Fairleigh Dickson, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Penn, Princeton and University of the Incarnate Word.

After a three-week break from competition, the team is once again ready to compete. Last year the team was snowed out of this event, so this will be Yale's first time competing in the tournament since 2014. Going into the competition, Yale women's epee is ranked seventh, women's saber is fifth, and women's foil is fourth.

"Squad championships is our last team tournament of the season, and it's always a lot of fun," said captain Joanna Lew. "It's a low pressure environment for us to work on new skills and try to beat individual squads, as opposed to entire teams. I'm excited for it, and I think that the team is too!"

There are some very strong teams competing, including Ivy League schools Columbia, Penn and Princeton. Princeton and Columbia tied with Harvard for first place in the Ivy League Round-Robins that Yale placed sixth in earlier this month.

Sunday's competition will be broken down into overall rankings, as well as single weapon team rankings. 

The event will take place in the Jadwin Gym at Princeton. The competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Report filed by Caroline Hart '17, Yale Sports Publicity