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Bulldogs Shine at Squad Champs

Bulldogs Shine at Squad Champs

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Yale women's fencing team held its own against some of the top-ranked teams in the country on Sunday. The team finished fifth in saber, fourth in foil and fifth in epee. 

"As the last team competition of the season, our result at squads really represents how far we've come as a team," said captain Joanna Lew. "I'm really proud of how well everyone banded together across the day and fought hard down to the last bout. Days like this make me excited for regionals and for next season!"

It was a strong day for the epee squad, which beat NYU No. 2 before losing narrowly to NYU No. 1, 45-44. The squad displayed tremendous depth, with freshman Lucy Friedmann coming back from a defecit in every bout she fenced, the largest being a 12 point consecutive run against NYU's Joanna Tabor.

Saber lost a hard-fought quarterfinal bout against St. John's, 45-35.  However, the women then beat Johns Hopkins, 45-25, and Brandeis, 45-27.  In foil, Yale won a close bout against Brandeis, but fell to Princeton in the semifinals. 

In the dual meets, Yale beat Johns Hopkins, 16-11. Saber went 6-3, epee went 1-8, and foil went 9-0.  This was an exciting win for the Bulldogs, as they had seen Johns Hopkins at multiple competitions throughout the season. 

Next up for the Bulldogs is the NCAA Regionals on March 13 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Report filed by Caroline Hart '17, Yale Sports Publicity