Junior saber fencer Adrienne Jarocki (left) avoids her opponent's attack during the FIE Sabre Grand Prix at the Gordon Indoor Track.
Junior saber fencer Adrienne Jarocki chats with Harvard coach Peter Brand in between bouts at the FIE Sabre Grand Prix.
Harvard fencer Eli Dershwitz (left) faces off against Korea's Junghwan Kim, the No. 2-ranked men's saber fencer in the world.
Before and even in the middle of their Harvard careers, a select few Crimson athletes chase international glory for their respective national teams.
Fencing against fields that featured three different Olympic champions and a handful of Olympic medalists over the weekend, three Crimson fencers took part in the FIE Grand Prix at Harvard’s Gordon Indoor Track and held their own against the best saber fencing competition in the world.
Both the men’s and women’s fencing teams went undefeated over the weekend at the annual Traditional Tournament to carry momentum from last season’s strong NCAA Tournament finishes.
Led by two sabers, Adrienne Jarocki and Aliya Itzkowitz, the women’s fencing team will be trying to make history.
The Crimson (1-0) routed Wellesley (7-7) by a 27-0 score at the Malkin Athletic Center on Thursday evening. Harvard’s foil, sabre, and epee weapons all posted perfect 9-0 bout records in an impressive start to the season.
After a long offseason layoff, the Harvard men’s and women’s fencing squads travelled to Penn State to compete in the Garret Penn State Open, which saw Harvard fencers competing as individuals in a crowded field. Despite competing with what junior foil fencer Stephen Mageras described as one of the smallest collegiate teams in the field, the Crimson had a few solid performances in the season’s first competition.
For some athletes, collegiate competition is not enough. Freshman sabre fencer Eli Dershwitz came to Harvard with the full knowledge that he would be taking a break from the team after his freshman season.
Dershwitz and his American teammates celebrate Dershwitz's victory at the Junior World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Dershwitz competes against Italy's Francesco Bonsanto at the Junior World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on April 7.
Dershwitz is carried aloft by teammates after a win at the Junior World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Harvard freshman Eli Dershwitz, pictured above in action in early April at the Junior World Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, will be taking a year off from his studies to pursue a spot on the US Olympic team.