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Three Fencers Join Elis

The Yale men's fencing team huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale men's fencing team huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Freshmen Bring More Than Two Decades of Experience

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale men's fencing team will bolster its ranks with three freshmen—Ian Richards, Reed Srere and Jacob Stein—this fall. Together, the three newcomers will add more than two decades of fencing experience and bring new energy to a team led by senior captain Cornelius Saunders.

Two of the freshmen, Richards and Srere, already knew each other before Yale: they fenced together at DC Fencers Club. Richards, a native of Chevy Chase, Md., fences saber and attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He has fenced at DC Fencers Club from age 10, and experienced what he calls a "big jump in fencing ability" in his junior year at high school. His results have been improving ever since, and he is currently a B2013 and ranked 37th in the country for U19 men's saber.

Srere, meanwhile, lives in Washington, D.C., and has fenced saber for DC Fencers Club since the age of 12. He attended St. Albans School and fenced consistently through junior year of high school, earning a B2012. During his senior year he concentrated on other activities he wanted to pursue, but he is back fencing now and is currently ranked 80th nationwide in U19 men's saber.

Hailing from the other side of the country, Stein is a San Francisco-native and attended San Francisco University High. He has been fencing for 11 years and fences foil and saber. He is currently ranked 15th in the US for U20 men's foil, and placed fifth in the 2013 Junior Olympics in U20 men's foil. He achieved fifth and seventh-place finishes at the November and January North American Cups, respectively, and he holds an A2013 rating for foil.

The three freshmen will take the place of a strong graduating class. Last year, the Elis said farewell to three fencers—Nate Benzimra and William Zhao in saber, and Nicholas Wan in epee—who all contributed to the team's performance in recent years.

But if the new fencers' past experiences and results are anything to go by, they will certainly be up to the challenge of Ivy League fencing. They will add their skills to a team working hard to improve upon its performance last season, which ended with a fifth-place finish at the Ivy League Championship

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