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February 10, 2011

Fencing Teams Set for 2011 Round-Robins

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2011 Ivy League Fencing Round-Robins Central

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2011 Ivy League Fencing Round-Robins are set to take place in Princeton, N.J. this weekend, beginning on Saturday, Feb. 12 and culminating with the men's and women's championship trophies being awarded on Sunday, Feb. 13. The two-day event will take place in Jadwin Gymnasium on the campus of Princeton University.

Women's Preview
The Princeton Tigers enter the competition as the defending champions, having posted a 6-0 record at last season's event. The Tigers edged Columbia by a 15-12 margin at the 2010 Ivy Round-Robin and Columbia went on to finish second with a 5-1 mark. Princeton will be trying to claim back-to-back titles for the first time since the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Columbia, which earned first-place honors in 2007 and 2008, was the last team to successfully mount a title defense.

With four of the nation's top-eight ranked teams participating, the 2011 Ivy League Round-Robin is sure to be another tightly contested battle to the finish, with each team capable of winning the crown or pulling off an impactful upset. Since the championship was first awarded on the women's side in 1982, all but two seasons have seen the champion finish with an undefeated record, meaning each and every bout holds great importance as the teams strive for the right to hold the Maestro Lajos Csizar Trophy at the conclusion of the 2011 Ivy League Round-Robin.

Brown – The Bears, who are receiving votes in the latest USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll, will be looking to claim their first Ivy title in 2011 … sophomore sabreist Caitlin Taylor and freshman foilist Kathryn Hawrot posted 17-1 marks to lead Brown to wins over Tufts, Dartmouth, MIT and Smith at the Northeast Fencing Conference's meet No. 2 on Jan. 22.

Columbia – The sixth-ranked Lions will be looking to claim their ninth Ivy title in 2011 and first since 2008 … Columbia has faced a challenging slate thus far, taking part in both the NYU Invitational and St. John's Cup … at the SJU Cup, the Lions picked up a 14-13 win over third-ranked Harvard … the sabre squad came up big against the Crimson, picking up six wins, including a 3-0 performance by junior Sammy Roberts.  

Cornell – The Big Red, which is receiving votes in the latest USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll, will be looking to claim their first Ivy title in 2011 … Cornell enters the Ivy Round Robin with a 7-4 record, highlighted by wins over North Carolina (22-5) and John Hopkins (18-9) at the Philadelphia Invitational on Jan. 23 … Junior foilist Rebecca Hirschfeld led the team with a 15-3 record at that event.

Harvard – The third-ranked Crimson will be looking to claim its fifth Ivy title in 2011 and first since 2009 … Harvard has competed at the Sacred Heart Invitational, the St. John's Super Cup and the MIT Invitational prior to the Ivy Round Robins and turned in impressive wins over fifth-ranked St. John's (16-11) and second-ranked Penn State (15-12) … At the St. John's Super Cup the foil squad went 15-0.

Penn – The eighth-ranked Quakers will be looking to claim their 11th Ivy title in 2011 and first since 2004 … Penn has taken part in the Philadelphia Invitational, the Penn State Invitational and MIT Invitational … highlights by the Quakers include victories over North Carolina (21-6 & 23-4), Duke (15-12) and Sacred Heart (19-8 & 19-8).  

Princeton – The fourth-ranked Tigers will be looking to make it two Ivy titles in a row as they play host to the 2011 Round-Robin … a successful defense would yield the program's fifth Ivy championship … Princeton most recently took on a challenging field at the Northwestern Duals on Feb. 5 and 6 in Evanston, Ill. and earned a notable win over ninth-ranked Temple (16-11).

Yale - The Bulldogs, who are receiving votes in the latest USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll, will be looking to claim their seventh Ivy title in 2011 and first since 2002 … Yale most recently downed Vassar (16-11) on Jan. 31 and Sacred Heart (19-8) on Jan. 29 … The Epee squad led Yale in the win over Vassar as it posted an 8-1 record, led by senior Tasha Garcia and sophomore Robyn Shaffer, who both went undefeated.


Men's Preview
As the Ivy League men's fencing teams descend upon Jadwin gym in pursuit of the Gustavus T. Kirby Trophy, Princeton enters the competition as the defending champions, having posted a 5-0 record at last season's event. Harvard and Penn tied for second, as each posted a 3-2 record in 2010. The Tigers will be looking to claim back-to-back men's titles for the first time since the 2000 and 2001 seasons. By earning a share of the 2007 crown and an outright title in 2008, Columbia was the last team to successfully mount a title defense.

With four of the nation's top-eight ranked teams participating, the 2011 Ivy League Round-Robin promises to be an exciting and close race from start to finish. Since the championship was first awarded in 1956, 73 champions have been crowned in 55 seasons, as 13 Ivy Round-Robin slates have ended with a tie atop the standings. Further asserting the importance of each match, 39 of the 44 outright titles have been claimed by undefeated teams.

Brown – The Bears, who are receiving votes in the latest 2011 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll, will be looking to claim their first Ivy title in 2011 … sophomore Teddy Weller posted a 14-1 mark in sabre to lead the Bears to wins over Tufts, Vassar, Dartmouth, Brandeis and MIT at the Northeast Fencing Conference's meet No. 2 on Jan. 22 … Freshman foilist Ben McDonald chipped in with a 10-2 record at the same event.

Columbia – The eighth-ranked Lions will be looking to claim their 35th Ivy title in 2011 and first since 2008 … Columbia has faced a challenging slate thus far as part of both the NYU Invitational and St. John's Cup fields … In the SJU Cup, freshman foilist Alex Pensler posted a 9-6 mark against some of the nation's best, while fellow freshman foilist Bo Charles posted 3-0 sweeps against Harvard and St. John's.

Harvard – The second-ranked Crimson will be looking to claim its sixth Ivy title in 2011 and first since 2007 … prior to the Ivy Round Robins, Harvard has competed at the Sacred Heart Invitational, the St. John's Super Cup and the MIT Invitational, highlighted by wins over fifth-ranked Ohio State (18-9), eighth-ranked Columbia (18-9) and third-ranked St. John's (16-11) … The Crimson wins were anchored by a strong showing in sabre, as the squad dropped only losing only one match (vs. SJU) en route to a 26-1 mark.

Penn – The seventh-ranked Quakers will be looking to claim their 15th Ivy title in 2011 and first since 2009 … Penn opened the season with an eight-match win streak that included wins over Duke (15-12), North Carolina (19-8) and John's Hopkins (19-8) … sophomore sabreist Evan Prochniak posted a perfect 10-0 record at the Penn State Invitational and was then named CollegeFencing360.com's National Fencer of the Week on Feb. 2.

Princeton – The sixth-ranked Tigers will be looking to make it two Ivy titles in a row as they play host to the 2011 Ivy Round-Robin … a successful defense would yield the program's 14th Ivy championship … Princeton most recently took on a challenging field at the Northwestern Duals on Feb. 5 and 6 in Evanston, Ill., where the Tigers' downed 10th-ranked Stanford 17-10 in their only win versus a ranked opponent.

Yale - The Bulldogs, who are receiving votes in the latest USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll, will be looking to claim their fourth Ivy title in 2011 and first since 1996 … Yale most recently knocked off Vassar on Jan. 31 by a 19-8 margin … sophomore saberist Colin Mills assembled a perfect 3-0 record against Vassar, as did senior foilist Nathaniel Botwinick and junior foilist Shiv Kachru.