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Vloka Leads Women's Sabre Field and Princeton Moves To Fourth at 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships

Harvard's Caroline Vloka
Harvard's Caroline Vloka

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The women’s portion of the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships got underway on Saturday, with fencers competing in the first four rounds of competition from Ohio State’s French Field House. Princeton had a strong day for the Ivy League contingent, vaulting into fourth place with 111 points. Harvard moved to sixth with 106 points, followed by seventh place Penn (79) and eighth place Columbia (74).

Yale remained steadily in 11th for the third consecutive day (43), while Brown’s 16-win Saturday moved the Bears up to 15th. Cornell, which joined the competition today, totaled 13 foil wins to settle into 19th.  

In Saturday’s first four rounds of fencing, the Ivies showcased their collective strength in women’s sabre as Harvard’s Caroline Vloka, who is looking to defend her 2010 NCAA title, is in first place with 13 wins, followed by Princeton’s Eliza Stone, who is in second with 12 wins. When the two met on Saturday, Vloka came away with a 5-2 victory.

Also in sabre, Samantha Roberts of Columbia ended day three in seventh place with nine victories to remain in striking distance of the top-four as did Penn’s Dominika Franciszkowicz, who is in 11th with eight wins.

The Ivy League foilists also had a strong opening day, led by Harvard’s Alexandra Kiefer, who ended day one in second. Her nine wins tie for the most, but she trails Penn State’s Doris Willette in indicator margin, 26-21. Four other Ivy Leaguers ended day three in the foil top-12, including Cornell’s Christine McIntosh and April Whitney as well as Princeton’s Eve Levin and Hyun-Kyung Yuh.

In epee, Harvard’s Noam Mills leads the Ivies as she ended the day in second place with 12 wins, one behind Courtney Hurley of Notre Dame’s 13 victories. Mills could make up that difference when she faces Hurley on Sunday. Penn’s Amrit Bhinder sits in fifth with nine wins on the day, while Princeton’s Phoebe Caldwell also totaled nine wins and is in seventh based on indicator margin. Columbia’s Lydia Kopecky rounds out the top-10 Ivy contingent as she ended the first day of women’s fencing in ninth after amassing eight wins on the day.

The 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships conclude tomorrow, March 27 with the final rounds of women’s fencing followed by direct elimination bouts. The top-four finishers in each weapon after pool play will compete in 15-touch bouts to determine the individual 2011 NCAA champions in each weapon. The top-12 finishers earn All-America status.

2011 Ivy League All-Americans

Men’s Epee (5)
First Team: Jonathan Yergler (Princeton)
First Team: Peter Cohen (Yale)     
Second Team: Mike Raynis (Harvard)
Third Team: Alen Hadzic (Columbia)
Third Team: Jacob Wischnia (Penn)

Men’s Foil (4)
Second Team: Nathaniel Botwinick (Yale)
Second Team: Alexander Mills (Princeton)
Third Team: Alexander Pensler (Columbia)
Third Team: Vidur Kapur (Penn)

Men’s Sabre (4)
First Team: Evan Prochniak (Penn)
Third Team: Valentin Staller (Harvard)

Standings (Through Day Three)
1. Notre Dame 136      
2. Penn State, 129     
3. St. John’s, 118
4. Princeton, 111
5. Ohio State, 110     
6. Harvard, 106     
7. Penn, 79     
8. Columbia, 74     
9.  Stanford, 61     
10. Duke, 60     
11. Yale, 43     
12. Air Force, 37           
13. Northwestern, 32
14. Sacred Heart, 27                  
15. Brown, 23
16. Temple, 21
17. Vassar, 18            
18. Brandeis, 15                
19. Cornell, 13                      
20. Wayne State, 11                             
21. Boston College, 9                             
21. NYU, 9                           
21. UNC, 9    
24. Detroit Mercy, 8                            
24. Drew, 8                            
24. M.I.T., 8           
27. Cleveland State, 7                       
27. U.C. San Diego, 7    
29. Hunter College, 5                  
30. Cal Tech, 2