PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Princeton Tigers turned
in an unbeaten performance at home to capture the 2011 Ivy League
Women’s Fencing Round-Robin title on Sunday afternoon inside
the Jadwin Gymnasium. The Tigers’ 6-0 record allowed
Princeton to successfully defend its title from a season ago.
Columbia put together a strong showing and remained in the title hunt for the duration of the two-day event. The Lions ultimately finished second with a 5-1 mark. Harvard went 4-2 to take third place, improving by one spot on last season’s fourth place showing.
Penn went 3-1 on Sunday to finish at an even 3-3 at the Round-Robins, good for fourth place. Cornell went 2-1 in its final three matches to vault into fifth place with a 2-4 record. It marked the Big Red’s best showing since 2007, when it tied for fourth. Brown finished sixth (1-5), while Yale placed seventh (0-6).
In the day’s first round, Princeton squared off against Columbia. Both teams carried 3-0 records into the match and the Tigers survived, 15-12. The difference between the two teams proved to be in women’s foil, where the Tigers squad bested the Lion foils, 6-2. Nzingha Prescod earned all three Lion foil wins meaning Princeton’s Hyun-Kyung Yuh, Lucile Jarry and Eve Levin each earned two victories in the pivotal weapon group.
With a bye in round five and a 20-7 win over Yale in round six, Princeton entered round seven needing a win over Penn to clinch the outright title. The Tigers went on to down a spirited Quaker squad, 17-10, to keep hold of the Maestro Lajos Csiszar Trophy.
“I think the major thing is that all of us believed we are capable of doing it,” said head coach Zoltan Dudas about winning the Ivy League title. “And I would also like to give credit to our men’s team because they are fencing day-by-day with the women and it obviously helped.”
Another highlight of the second day of Round-Robin fencing was the bout between Columbia’s Prescod and Harvard’s Alexandra Kiefer in women’s foil. In what could turn out to be a preview for a match later in the season involving NCAA medals, Keifer recorded the first touch only to see Prescod land the next four. Keifer rallied for the next three just before time expired. The duo headed to overtime where Kiefer- who was fencing with priority - landed the winning touch.
The top three fencers in each weapon went on to earn All-Ivy first team honors, while the next three finishers were named to the All-Ivy second team. For the first time in Ivy Round-Robin history, an Outstanding Performer and Outstanding Rookie of the event were named based on a vote by the League’s head coaches at the conclusion of Sunday’s competition.
Harvard’s Caroline Vloka, who went 16-2 in sabre, earned 2011 Outstanding Performer honors.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Vloka when asked to reflect on her performance at the 2011 Ivy League Round-Robin. “The [Harvard] women did great overall so they helped me out a lot by cheering and everything … a lot of the girls did great.”
Columbia also picked up some hardware as freshman foilist Prescod earned Outstanding Rookie Honors.
“It was a great two days and I am really excited to be on the Columbia team,” Nzingha remarked. “I am looking forward to the following years of Ivies … hopefully we will win!”
Ivy Interview: Harvard’s Caroline Vloka
Ivy Interview: Columbia's Nzingha Prescod
1. Princeton, 6-0
2. Columbia, 5-1
3. Harvard, 4-2
4. Penn, 3-3
5. Cornell, 2-4
6. Brown, 1-5
7. Yale, 0-6
2011 Award Winners
Women’s Most Outstanding Performer: Caroline Vloka (Harvard, 16-2)
Women’s Most Outstanding Rookie: Nzingha Prescod (Columbia, 16-2)
Women’s First Team All-Ivy
Hannah Safford (Princeton, 15-3)
Stephanie Wheeler (Penn, 14-4)
Katya English (Columbia, 13-5)
Nzingha Prescod (Columbia, 16-2)
Alexander Kiefer (Harvard, 15-3)
Kathryn Hawrot (Brown, 11-4)
Caroline Vloka (Harvard, 16-2)
Eliza Stone (Princeton, 16-2)
Loweye Diedro (Columbia, 16-2)
Women’s Second Team All-Ivy
Amrit Bhinder (Penn, 12-6)
Lydia Kopecky (Columbia, 12-6
Dakota Root (Harvard, 9-6)
Eve Levin (Princeton, 13-5)
Shelby Macleod (Harvard, 13-5)
Hyun-Kyung Yuh (Princeton, 12-6
Kathy Chou (Harvard, 12-6)
Sammy Roberts (Columbia, 15-3)
Dominika Franciszkowicz (Penn, 14-4)
Danielle Kamis (Penn, 13-5)
Diamond Wheeler (Princeton, 13-5)
Joanna Chichomski (Princeton, 13-5)
Complete Team Results
Princeton def. Cornell, 21-6
Columbia def. Yale, 21-6
Harvard def. Penn, 14-13
Princeton def. Brown, 22-5
Columbia def. Penn, 15-12
Harvard def. Cornell, 23-4
Princeton def. Harvard, 15-12
Brown def. Yale, 15-12
Columbia def. Cornell, 21-6
Princeton def. Columbia, 15-12
Penn def. Yale, 18-9
Harvard def. Brown, 23-4
Columbia def. Harvard, 15-12
Penn def. Brown, 16-11
Cornell def. Yale, 17-10
Princeton def. Yale, 20-7
Columbia def. Brown, 22-5
Penn def. Cornell, 14-13
Princeton def. Penn, 17-10
Harvard def. Yale, 17-10
Cornell def. Brown, 19-8