Yale Wins Inaugural US Collegiate Squad Championships

Shiv Kachru.
Shiv Kachru.

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Yale men's fencing team earned a pair of silver medals and a bronze at the United States Collegiate Squad Championships, held Sunday at NYU. Top three performances by all three Bulldog weapons squads gave Yale a total of 26 overall points and a share of the inaugural US Collegiate Squad Championships. UPenn also compiled 26 points to tie the Elis for first place.

The Yale epee team of freshman Peter Cohen, freshman Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer, freshman Cornelius Saunders and sophomore Nicholas Wan took silver after falling to Ohio State 45-32 in the championship. Yale had beaten UNC and Haverford.

The Yale foil team of senior Nathaniel Botwinick, junior Jonathan Holbrook, junior Shiv Kachru and junior Jose Dario Martinez took silver after falling to Notre Dame 45-33 in the final. The Bulldogs had wins over Columbia and Penn to advance to the championship.

The Yale sabre team of sophomore Nathaniel Benzimra, freshman Peter Cohen, junior Adam Fields and sophomore William Zhao tied for the bronze medal with Brown after beating Haverford and falling to Penn in the semifinals.

"All three squads had excellent results today," said Holbrook. "This caps off a highly successful season for our team. Winning the US Collegiate Squad Championships reflects hard work from everyone on our team and bodes well for us for the upcoming NCAA Regional qualifying tournament."

The Bulldogs will next compete in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships on March 13.


Report by Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity