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Ivies Leading the Charge in Fencing

PRINCETON, N.J. -- With less than a month before the Ivy League Round-Robins commence in Providence, two men's fencing teams and three women's fencing teams still hold perfect records this season. 

Brown, which will host the Round-Robins on February 8-9, sees both its men's and women's squads holding unblemished records. Princeton, the defending national champs, has an unbeaten women's squad, while Columbia's men have won 13 straight and Harvard's women are also undefeated so far. 

Most teams return to action January 25 with many of their athletes competing at the North American Cup in Virginia Beach, Va. this coming weekend. Here is a quick glance at each of the schools thus far:

Brown
The Brown men's squad is 7-0, while the women are 8-0 so far this season. Both squads went 3-0 in their last outing at the Brandeis Invitational back on December 9. Kathryn Hawrot led the women's foil squad by going 8-1, while Caitlyn Taylor also notched an impressive 8-1 mark for women's saber. Women's saber had a successful day overall, with Christine Whalen posting a 7-2 record and Lauren Altman going 6-3. On the men's team, Simon Jones led the epeeists with a 7-1 record. Barrett Weiss and Kyle Kennedy both notched 7-2 marks for the men's foil, while Alex Palabrica went 8-1 and Nick Deak went 7-2 for the men's saber.

Upcoming Tournaments: Jan. 25 at NFC #2, Feb. 1 at Eric Sollee Invitational, Feb. 8-9 hosting Ivy League Round-Robins

Columbia
Columbia's men's program is now 13-0 after an impressive showing at Penn State last weekend, while the women are 9-3. The men's outing included a 15-12 win over Penn State, which finished third at the NCAA Championship last season. The men's team was paced by its sabre squad, which won 37 of 45 bouts, and men's epee, with 33 wins in 45 bouts. Chris Ahn won all nine of his bouts to lead sabre, followed by Melvin Rodriguez, 8-1, and Rienzi Gokea, 7-2. Andrei Tapai matched Ahn's 9-0 record with one of his own in epee, as three sophomores posted 7-2 records in the weapon -- Brian RoJake Hoyle, and Angad Singh. The women's squad went 3-2 at Penn State, logging wins over Haverford, North Carolina and Duke. With NCAA finalist Jackie Dubrovich, Olympian Nzingha Prescod, and international standout Margaret Lu in fine form, the foilists won 42 of 45 bouts. 

Upcoming Tournaments: Jan. 25 at NYU Invitational, Jan. 26 at St. John's Invitational, Feb. 5 hosting Historical Meet, Feb. 8-9 at Ivy League Round-Robins.

Cornell
The Cornell women's squad has an 11-2 mark thus far this season. The Big Red have been off since a 4-1 showing at the Brandeis Invitational in early December. The lone setback of the day was a slim 14-13 loss to St. John's. The Big Red foil squad went undefeated on the day, posting a 38-7 record overall, including a 9-0 performance against MIT, to go along with 8-1 efforts vs. Boston College and John's Hopkins, as well as a 7-2 mark against national powerhouse, St. John's. Christine McIntosh was perfect on the day, going 14-0 in her bouts. Angelica Gangemi finished at 13-2 overall, while April Whitney posted a record of 9-3.

Upcoming Tournaments: Jan. 26 at Philadelphia Invitational, Feb. 8-9 at Ivy League Round-Robins.

Harvard
The Crimson men are 4-1, while the women are 6-0. Both teams last competed at The Tradition Tournament back on December 8, the Harvard women winning all five match-ups to move to 6-0 for the first time in three years. That included a 16-11 win over Penn State. The top performer for the Crimson was sabre Aliya Itzkowitz, who dropped a single bout to post a 14-1 record. Adrienne Jarocki followed with a mark of 13-2 while Kara Lee finished the day at 11-4. In the foil, Hali Nelson and Alexandra Kiefer went 13-2, respectively. Liana Yamin rounded out the foilist with a  10-5 mark. Epeeist Isabel DiTella went 12-3 while Nina van Loon compiled a 12-2 record. The Crimson men went 4-1, falling only to Penn State, 15-12. The sabre squad paced the men's performance as Eric ArzoianDuncan O'Brien and Alexander Ryjik each finished the tournament with 12-3 record. Brian Kaneshige and Jerry Chang posted 10-5 marks, respectively, in the foil. 

Upcoming Tournaments: Jan. 26 at St. John's Invitational, Feb. 8-9 at Ivy League Round-Robins. 

Penn
The Penn men are 4-3 while the women are 5-2 after their weekend performance at Penn State last week. At Penn State, the Quaker men shutout Drew and recorded solid wins over Duke and Haverford, while falling to North Carolina and Penn State. The women were a perfect 5-0 win wins over Duke, North Carolina, Penn State, Temple and Haverford. 

Upcoming Tournaments: Jan. 25 hosting Philadelphia Invitational, Feb. 1 at Northwestern Invitational, Feb. 8-9 at Ivy League Round-Robins.

Princeton
The defending national champions are 8-0 on the women's side and 6-2 on the men's side thus far. The Tigers' last outing came at Sacred Heart on December 8 with the women going 4-0, including an impressive 19-8 win over Penn State. Gracie Stone, last year's Ivy League Most Outstanding Rookie at the Round-Robins, went 12-0 on the day. The Princeton women ran their dual match winning streak to 26 straight on the day. The men were led by Alex House's 8-0 mark in epee. 

Upcoming Tournaments: Feb. 1 at Northwestern Duals, Feb. 8-9 at Ivy League Round-Robins.

Yale
The Bulldogs opened the season December 8 at Brandeis with the men's squad going 4-1 on the day and the women recording a 2-3 mark. The tournament marked the first collegiate appearances for freshmen Ian Richards, Reed Srere and Jacob Stein. Richards and Srere, fencing with the saber, delivered impressive performances. Srere swept his matches against MIT, while Richards did the same against Boston College. Stein, a member of the foil squad, also did not lose any of his three bouts against Boston College. 

Upcoming Tournaments: Jan. 18 hosting Sacred Heart, Jan. 26 at NYU Invitational, Feb. 1 hosting Drew and Vassar, Feb. 8-9 at Ivy League Round-Robins.