Princeton Places Second to Lead Four Teams in Top 10 at NCAA Fencing Championships
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Harvard's Adrienne Jarocki claimed the women's saber individual title and four Ivy League schools placed in the top 10 in the team standings at the NCAA Fencing Championships, which concluded Sunday.
The Princeton Tigers fell short in defending their national crown, placing second behind Penn State. The Nittany Lions won 180 bouts in the co-ed championship. Princeton was second with 159 wins. The Tigers raced out to an early lead with 60 wins on the first day of women's competition, but the Nittany Lions rallied during the men's competition.
Harvard placed fifth with 146 bout victories, whille Columbia was seventh (107) and Penn was eighth (89). Yale placed 12th, Brown 15th and Cornell 20th.
Jarocki, who was named the Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie Performer at last month's Ivy League Round-Robins, marched through the final portion of the round-robin competition, totaling 18 wins over the two days with 108 recorded touches and a plus-53 scoring index. The Middle Village, N.Y., native entered the medal round as the second-seed behind teammate Aliya Itzkowitz who notched 20 victories with 105 recorded touches and a plus-51 indicator.
To open the medal rounds, Jarocki took the strip against third-ranked Gracie Stone of Princeton. The Ivy rivals battled in a tightly contested bout, but Jarocki came out on top, 15-10, to advance to the finals. Itzkowitz, who hails from London, England, clashed against Penn State's Teodora Kakhiani, the fourth seed, in the semifinals. Itzkowitz set-up the all-Crimson final by downing Kakhiani, 15-12.
After trailing 6-5 Jarocki tied the bout at 6-6 and went on to best Itzkowitz, 15-10, in the final to capture the fourth individual crown for the Harvard women's fencing program and first since Alexandra Kiefer captured the women's foil title in 2011. Jarocki won the Crimson's second saber event, following Carolina Vloka NCAA saber win in 2010.
Joining Jarocki and Itzkowitz in All-America honors were Princeton's Stone and Diamond Wheeler and Yale's Joanna Lew.
In women's epee, Princeton's Susannah Scanlan finished third, falling to Stanford's Francesca Bassa in the semifinals, 15-14. Scanlan earned All-American honors along with Harvard's Isabel DiTella, Princeton's Katherine Holmes and Harvard's Emma Vaggo.
In women's foil, Columbia's Jackie Dubrovich also finished third, losing her semifinal match to Notre Dame's Madison Zeiss. Dubrovich earned All-American along with Harvard's Alexandra Keiger, Princeton's Ambika Singh and Sharon Gao and Penn's Luona Wang.
In men's epee, Princeton's Jack Hudson placed third, losing to eventual national champion Yevgeniy Karuchenko from St. John's in the semifinals. Hudson was joined in All-American honors by Harvard's Mike Raynis and Columbia's Brian Ro.
In men's saber, Penn's Shaul Gordon placed third, dropping his semifinal match to eventual national champion Kaito Streets of Penn State. Gordon earned All-American honors along with Princeton's Peter Pak, Columbia's Geoffrey Loss and William Spear, Harvard's Eric Arzoian and Penn's Steven Yang.
In men's foil, Harvard's Brian Kaneshige and Michael Woo both earned All-American honors.
With the second-place finish, Princeton is also the only school to finish in the top two in each of the last three years. Princeton was second to Ohio State in 2012 before winning the national title last year.