Ivy Round-Robin Central
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Harvard and Yale men’s fencing teams each recorded two wins on the opening day of the 2011 Ivy League Fencing Round-Robins, which were contested at Princeton’s Jadwin Gymnasium on Saturday. Penn and Princeton posted 1-1 marks, while Brown and Columbia went 0-2 on the day.
In the day’s first round of action, Yale scored an upset win over eighth-ranked Columbia, 19-8. The Bulldogs used an 8-1 mark in sabre and a 7-2 record in foil to get past the Lions. Harvard bested Penn, 16-11, in the first round’s other match.
In round two, Penn edged Columbia in the closest men’s contest of the day, 15-12. The Quakers posted 6-3 records in foil and sabre en route to the victory. Princeton downed Brown, 20-7, in the round’s other matchup.
Harvard and Princeton, each carrying 1-0 records at the time, clashed to highlight the third round of action. The second-ranked Crimson prevailed over the sixth-ranked Tigers, 17-10, led by 6-3 marks in sabre and epee.
In the individual epee standings, Columbia’s Alen Hadzic, Yale’s Cornelius Saunders and Princeton’s Michael Elfassy find themselves embroiled in a three-way tie as each posted 5-1 records on the day.
In foil, Nathaniel Botwinick posted an unblemished 6-0 mark, while Princeton’s Alexander Mills and Penn’s Vidur Kapur each went 5-1.
In sabre, Yale’s Nate Benzimra also went 6-0 on the day, followed by Thomas Kolasa of Harvard, who went 5-1.
The top three individual finishers in each weapon will earn All-Ivy first team status following the conclusion of the two-day event, while the next three fencers will earn All-Ivy second team honors. Also, starting with the 2011 Round-Robin, the men’s fencing head coaches will vote for a Performer and Rookie of the Round-Robin, with each weapon’s top finisher eligible for the Top Performer award.
The teams will return to Jadwin Gym tomorrow, Feb. 13 for the final four rounds of the 2011 Round-Robin looking to capture the Gustavus T. Kirby Trophy, awarded annually to the men’s fencing Ivy League Round-Robin Champion. Fencing is slated to begin at 10:00 a.m.
Day One Results
Yale def. #8 Columbia, 19-8
#2 Harvard def. #7 Penn, 16-11
#6 Princeton def. Brown, 20-7
#7 Penn def. #8 Columbia, 15-12
#2 Harvard def. #6 Princeton, 17-10
Yale def. Brown, 19-8
Day Two Schedule
Columbia vs. Princeton
Yale vs. Penn
Harvard vs. Brown
Columbia vs. Harvard
Brown vs. Penn
Princeton vs. Yale
Brown vs. Columbia
Princeton vs. Penn
Yale vs. Harvard
Harvard and Yale are Tied Atop the 2011 Men's Ivy League Round-Robin Standings