April 27, 2011

Fencing Holds Annual Banquet, Elects Captains

Robyn Shaffer and Shiv Kachru To Lead Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – At the Yale fencing teams' annual end of year banquet on Apr. 23, a number of fencers were celebrated for their efforts this past season and the new captains for next season were announced. Junior Shiv Kachru will captain the men's team while sophomore Robyn Shaffer will lead the women's team.

Kachru's election to the captaincy comes after a consistently strong season performance – he placed second in the NCAA Northeast Regional and competed admirably at the NCAA National Championships to take 21st place in foil competition. He was also rewarded at Saturday's banquet with the Stephen Blum Award for the men's manager and the Coach Harutunian Award for the best junior fencer.

Another top performer, freshman Peter Cohen, was awarded the team's Most Valuable Player award, a recognition that head coach Henry Harutunian said is not given out every year. Cohen capped off an exceptional season with a third-place finish at the NCAA National Championships.

Senior Tasha Garcia, who is at the other end of her Yale career, received a number of honors to end on a high. Garcia took home the Everett M. Wetchler Memorial Award, given to that senior member of either the men's or women's varsity team who best exemplifies the qualities of competitive spirit, achievement and dedication to Yale fencing. In addition, she won the Corey Friedlander Award for the women's manager.

The sophomore captain of the women's team, Madeline Oliver, was awarded both the Coach Harutunian Award for the best sophomore fencer and the Sherry Marcy Award for the captain of the women's fencing team.

Outgoing junior men's captain Jonathan Holbrook also took home the "Pop" Grasson Cup, which Harutunian said is awarded to the captain of the men's fencing team. 

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.