Last December, in the last meeting with NYU, Harvard left with a win for the women’s and a loss for the men’s. On Sunday, all that could be heard was the roar of the athletes cheering on their teammates, palpable energy that translated into wins for both the women’s and men’s teams.
Taking to the strips once again for the first time in a month and a half, Harvard traveled to Queens, N.Y., for the St. John’s Invitational, squaring off against some of the top ranked programs in the nation.
Junior Eli Dershwitz, in the midst of an impressive career of fencing at Harvard, is also an established prominent figure on the international stage. No stranger to world competitions, the Sherborn, Mass. native recently set out overseas searching for more glory.
Two years after a third-place result, Dershwitz has national saber fencing crown and the team a fifth place finish.
The men’s side sported a top-three finisher in each of the weapons, and women’s co-captain Adrienne Jarocki began her quest for her third saber individual championship crown with a second-place finish.
Coming off a tough weekend at the Ivy League Championships that saw neither squad come back to Cambridge with an Ancient Eight title, the Harvard men’s and women’s fencing teams both capped off their regular seasons by capturing their tenth-consecutive respective Beanpot titles.
That result came despite distinguished performances from several individual athletes.
Saturday at the Malkin Athletic Center, the men's and women's teams downed a combined three opponents.
With both squads entering the day ranked seventh in the country, the Crimson men’s side (5-5) suffered close defeats and finished with a 1-4 match record against other top collegiate fencing programs, while the Harvard women (5-6) ended their day with a 2-3 match record.
After coming to Harvard and dominating the fencing field on her way to an NCAA title in 2014, Jarocki dropped out of the national title in 2015 before reclaiming the top spot in the nation this season.