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Princeton Captures Ivy Men's Fencing Title

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Portions courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

PHILADELPHIA -- Princeton men's and women's teams left no doubt after the second day of the 2010 Ivy League Fencing Round-Robins, going undefeated over the two-day competition to clinch their first Ivy titles since 2001.

Ranked fourth ranked fourth in the latest U.S. Fencing Coaches Association polls, the Princeton men (19-3, 5-0 Ivy League) dropped Columbia and Harvard while the Tigers' women's team (24-3, 6-0) dispatched Columbia, Cornell and Harvard in the final three rounds on the second Sunday of competition to secure the top spots. The Princeton women's team take home its fourth League championship in Ivy history while the men's team captured its 13th crown.

While the Ivy championship trophies are certainly the first for any current Tiger, they are also the first for Princeton's coach, Zoltan Dudas, who took over in 2006 after five years as an assistant coach at Notre Dame.

Princeton's women started the day with an especially key match against then-fellow undefeated Columbia, edging the Lions 15-12. The Tiger women then held serve against Cornell, winning 20-7 to clinch at least a shared title.

Then came the final match against Harvard, which already had two losses but could still allow the winner of the Penn-Columbia match, going on at the same time, to join in on the Ivy title party.
After Princeton's foilists played a big role in carrying the Columbia match, it was the epeeists' turn to propel the Tigers to a win over Harvard. Princeton kept it close in the saber and foil, absorbing 5-4 losses, but won the epee 6-3 to reach the clinching number in a 14-13 win.

As it played out, however, victories by the foilists were the ones that put Princeton's women over the top against the Crimson. Freshman Joanna Cichomski won the 13th point, and Andrea Oliva made it 14 victories.

There was no such drama for the Princeton men, who had two matches Sunday and rolled to victory to finish 5-0. The Tiger men eased past Columbia 23-4 to clinch at least a share of the title and made it an outright championship with an 18-9 win over Harvard.

Accordingly, Princeton was also the school with the most All-Ivy honorees, led by freshman Brianna Martin who had the highest winning percentage at the Ivy championships of any regular fencer, male or female, winning 15 of 16 (.938) bouts. A complete listing of the 2010 Men's and Women's Fencing All-Ivy teams can be found here.

For complete results from all seven rounds from both days, go to 2010 Ivy Fencing Round-Robins Central.