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Kamber, Lainoff and Lew Receive Team Awards

Ilana Kamber, Lillie Lainoff and Joey Lew. (photos by David Silverman,
Ilana Kamber, Lillie Lainoff and Joey Lew. (photos by David Silverman,

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- At the end of season celebration banquet for the Yale women's fencing team, three fencers were recognized for their performances and contributions to the program.

Captain Joanna Lew received the Sherry Macy Award, which is given to the team member who "through improvement, enthusiasm, dedication and love of fencing, has made the greatest contribution to the team."  Lew was a major force behind the team's victories this season and finished the year off with a trip to the NCAA Championships in Waltham, Mass. -- she placed 20th in women's saber.

Team manager Lillie Lainoff received the Corey Friedlander Award.  Presented by Friedlander, who presided over the banquet, the accolade is given to the team member who, "through great personal sacrifice, along with a deep sense of devotion to her fellow fencers, has contributed most to the organization, wellbeing, and general morale of the Yale fencing team."

Saber fencer Ilana Kamber was presented with the Coach Harutunian Award for Best Sophomore.  The award is in honor of Ayo Griffin '00, Yale's first NCAA fencing champion, who attended the banquet and presented Kamber with her trophy.

The team's two graduating seniors, Ashley Feng and Megan Murphy, were also celebrated for their commitment and dedication to the program.  Both fencers had wonderful performances in their final season: Feng recorded her highest NCAA regional finish (30th in women's saber) and Murphy came back from injury to regularly upset higher ranked opponents, including an All-American from Penn State.

The banquet wrapped up a noteworthy season for Yale women's fencing that included the team's first win in three seasons at the Ivy League Championships (against Brown), as well as standout individual performances such as freshman foilist Sarah Pak's second-place finish at the Garret Open – the last Yale women's fencer to get second place at the highly competitive tournament was two-time Olympic medalist Sada Jacobson '06.

Report by Yale Sports Publicity