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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.
Freshman fencer Eli Dershwitz won the World Junior Saber Title on Tuesday at the Cadet and Junior World Championships after tying for third place in the NCAA Championships two weeks ago.
Despite finishing the grueling 23-bout pool play round with 20 wins to earn the top seed, Jarocki will have to wait another year for another shot at an NCAA championship.
With spots at the upcoming NCAA Championships up for grabs at the NCAA Northeast Regional, the Harvard men’s and women’s fencing squads walked away with medals and a handful of top-10 finishes.
The Crimson continued its Beanpot dominance, as the men and women took home the title for the seventh and eighth straight year, respectively.
Another year, another hoisting up of the annual Beanpot trophy for the Harvard men’s and women’s fencing teams.
Closing out the conference season, the men's fencing team was able to finish atop the Ivy League, while the women took home second place.
Though the Crimson men could not find a way to stave off its second defeat at the hands of Penn State for the second time this season to start off the St. John’s Invitational, the group won out the rest of the day to take the tournament in a tiebreaker.
The Harvard women's fencing team, shown here in previous action, went 6-0 on the weekend.