Hosting both Columbia and Tufts on Saturday, the Harvard fencing teams both fell to Ivy foe Columbia, while the men polished off Tufts.
The Harvard men (1-3) easily defeated Tufts 22-5, but dropped to Columbia 20-7.
The Crimson women (2-1) lost to Columbia, 18-9. They face Tufts in February.
Despite the split this weekend, the men gave a solid showing in the foil. They beat Tufts 8-1 in this event, and managed to capture two bouts against a fierce Lion squad.
Columbia boasts a strong foil team, with three nationally ranked fencers.
Among the Crimson, sophomore Mark E. Lee shined, capturing the two foil matches for Harvard. He defeated two nationally ranked Lions--junior Jed Dupree and junior captain Raphael Bruckner.
Dupree is among the five best in the country and a likely selection to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
"I went into the matches thinking that they were beatable," Lee said. "I think that they might have underestimated me."
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