The Harvard fencing teams further established themselves as dynasties on the collegiate fencing scene this weekend in Philadelphia.
Two weeks after capturing the Ivy League crown, the men took home the 112th Intercollegiate Fencing Association (IFA) championship on Saturday. The women followed suit yesterday, winning the three-weapon crown in a dominant fashion.
Additionally, Harvard took home the six-weapon title for having the best men and women’s teams combined.
The Crimson men began the meet by totaling 71 wins, good enough for 156 points.
The closest opponent was Penn, which finished with 125 points. Columbia, Princeton, and Brandeis composed the rest of the top five, in that order.
Senior David Jackus took home the gold medal in the indivdual saber by beating teammate and junior Tim Hagamen 15-11 in the championship bout.
It was in the team saber events, in fact, that Harvard dealt the most devastating damage to its opponents, winning a near-perfect 27-of-30 matches in this category. Junior Dan Sachs won all 10 of his bouts in that section of the meet, finishing at plus-29 overall.
Sophomore Ben Ungar also took home an individual medal when he won the bronze medal match in the epee.
Harvard’s team epee championship performance was carried by the strength of senior Julian Rose’s eight wins and plus-11 standing over all his matches.
Penn grabbed victory in the only weapon that the Crimson did not emerge victorious—the foil. Harvard finished fourth. In that weapon, junior Enoch Woodhouse led the way with seven wins.
Competing a day later, the Harvard women won 85 of 99 bouts to finish an impressive +263.
In the foil, only one Crimson competitor lost a match, with seniors Chloe Stinetorf and Anne Austin going 11-0 and sophomore Emily Cross following right behind with a 10-1 record. All three of them won the divisions in which they competed.
In the individual portion of the competition, Cross and Austin both advanced to the championship round. Cross dispatched her teammate to take the gold medal by a final tally of 15-10.
Classmate Alexa Weingarden swept her 11 matches in the team portion of the saber competition, while also taking home the gold medal in the weapon.
To win the individual event, Weingarden just barely edged out Penn’s Katelyn Sherry 15-14.
With Weingarden’s perfect record in the team portion as a boost, the Crimson finished 28-5 in the saber. Another sophomore, Carolyn Wright, won 10-of-11 bouts in her division, placing second for Harvard.
In the third and final competition, the epee, the Crimson struggled more than in it had in the other two. Harvard finished third, just a single win behind both Princeton and Columbia.
Junior Jasmine McGlade went 9-2 for the epee squad—good enough for second place.
In the individual portion of the event, however, McGlade reached the semifinals of the weapon. Nevertheless, she was ousted by silver medalist Meghan Phair of Cornell by a score of 15-9.
McGlade herself rebounded against Jasjit Bhinder of Princeton to take home the silver medal.
Next up for the Crimson are the NCAA Northeast Regional championships, which will be held at the Malkin Athletic Center next weekend.