2009-10 Yale Women's Fencing News

May 22, 2010
Yale Honors Six Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior Student-Athlete Reception
Six seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The women's fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Travis Henry (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) of the football team and Allison Mak (Richmond Hill, Ont.) of the gymnastics team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Chris Labosky (Tallmadge, Ohio) of the men’s cross country and track & field teams and Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) of the field hockey team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Stephanie Colantonio (Watertown, Mass.) of the field hockey team and Ben Wescoe (La Jolla, Calif.) of the men’s golf team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.

May 10, 2010
Madeline Oliver Named 2010-11 Captain
Rising-sophomore saberist Madeline Oliver was named 2010-11 women’s fencing captain at the team’s annual banquet. At the banquet, Oliver was also awarded the freshman award.

April 7, 2010
Ten Bulldogs Earn Winter Academic All-Ivy Honors
Ten Yale student-athletes were honored today, as the Ivy League released its list of those selected for Academic All-Ivy recognition in winter sports. Eligible student-athletes include all starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

March 26, 2010
Pitt Takes 13th at NCAA Championship, Oliver 23rd & Buxton 24th
Yale’s fencers have wrapped up competition at this year’s NCAA Championship. The three competitors, sophomore foilist Katharine Pitt, freshman saberist Madeline Oliver and freshman epeeist Madeline Buxton traveled to Cambridge, Mass. and finished 13th, 23rd and 24th, respectively.

March 25, 2010
After Day One: Pitt 10th, Oliver 23rd, Buxton 24th
Yale's three fencers at the 21st NCAA Fencing Championships have wrapped up day one of competition. Sophomore foilist Katharine Pitt is ranked 10th. Freshman Madeline Oliver is 23rd and freshman epeeist Madeline Buxton is 24th. Yale is currently in 15th. Competition concludes tomorrow.

March 18, 2010
Pitt, Oliver and Buxton Qualified for Nationals
Yale will send three representatives to the 21st NCAA Fencing Championships: sophomore foilist Katharine Pitt, freshman saberist Madeline Oliver and freshman epeeist Madeline Buxton. Harvard will host the competition on Mar. 25-26.

March 14, 2010
Two Bulldogs Qualify for NCAA Nationals
Out of the eight fencers Yale sent to Regionals this Sunday, two—Freshman saberist Madeline Oliver and sophomore foilist Katharine Pitt—will head to NCAA Nationals in Cambridge, Mass. Two more—epeeists Madeline Buxton and Tasha Garcia—received wild-card spots and may still be able to qualify. The collegiate head coaches in the region will vote to determine which at-large selection fencers will fill the final spots.

March 10, 2010
Eight Bulldogs Head To NCAA Regionals
Eight Yale fencers head to Providence, R.I., this Sunday for the NCAA Regional Tournament. The competition at Brown will determine which fencers head to the national tournament later this month. Heading to Providence from Yale are epeeists Rebecca Moss, Madeline Buxton and Tasha Garcia, saberists Katherine Arden, Jennifer Ivers and Madeline Oliver and foilists Katharine Pitt and Zoe Engelman.

February 28, 2010
Bulldogs Top Cornell and Brown
Yale fencers wrapped up the second half of Ivy competition today with two wins against Cornell and Brown. The Bulldogs won both of those match-ups by scores of 17-10. The two wins leave Yale 2-4 in the Ivy League for a fifth place finish identical to last year’s.

February 25, 2010
Yale Heads to Second Round of Ivy Competition
Yale fencers head to Philadelphia, Pa. this Sunday for the second half of Ivy competition. The Bulldogs will fence Brown and Cornell, the two teams they did not confront at last weekend’s Ivy competition at Cornell. Competition begins at 11 a.m. when the Bulldogs face Cornell. Yale will then finish its day against Brown at 3 p.m.

February 21, 2010
Bulldogs Fall in First Ivy Test
Yale's fencers wrapped up the first of two Ivy competitions today at Cornell. The Bulldogs went 0-4 for the day against four opponents: Columbia, Harvard, Penn and Princeton. In a tough day of competition, the Bulldogs improved on last year's performances against these teams but failed to turn the same losses as last year into wins.

February 18, 2010
Bulldogs Head to First Ivy Test
On Sunday Yale will head to the first of two competitions that will eventually crown the 2010 Ivy League Champion. The competition, hosted by Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., will be an opportunity for the Bulldogs to improve on last year’s 2-4 Ivy record and fifth place in the league. The Bulldogs head to Cornell’s Newman Arena with a 10-3 record for the season and will face the four Ivy schools they lost to last year.

January 31, 2010
Yale Downs Sacred Heart and Drew
Yale fencers wrapped up their last home meet of the season with two wins against Sacred Heart and Drew. From here, the team heads into Ivy competition.

January 28, 2010
Fencers to Host Sacred Heart and Drew
Yale fencers are getting ready to host two teams, Sacred Heart and Drew, in Payne Whitney Gym’s 7th floor fencing salon this weekend. The two teams have made the trip to Yale in the past, most recently last year, when the Bulldogs sent them home defeated. These two opponents will be Yale’s last team competitions before they head to the first half of Ivy competition at Cornell on Feb. 21. The meet begins at 1:00 p.m. and will be the Bulldogs’ last home competition of the season.

January 23, 2010
Bulldogs Finish 2-3 at NYU Invitational
The Bulldogs wrapped up a long day of competition at the NYU Invitational with a 2-3 record. Yale topped hosts NYU and visitors Wayne State, but fell to Notre Dame, Northwestern and Ohio State. At last year’s event, the Bulldogs left with the same final score.

January 22, 2010
Yale Heads to NYU Invitational
Yale continues competition on the road this weekend at the NYU Invitational in New York, N.Y. At NYU the Bulldogs will fence the host school along with Wayne State, Ohio State, Northwestern and Notre Dame.

January 19, 2010
Fencers Top Vassar 17-10
Yale’s fencers took home a win in their first home event of the season. Against Vassar, Yale won by a score of 17-10.

January 17, 2010
Fencers to Face Vassar in Home Opener
After a long winter break Yale’s fencers are back in action this Monday. Starting at 7 p.m. they will be hosting Vassar in Payne Whitney Gym’s 7th Floor Fencing Salon. The month of January will be a busy one for Yale as the Vassar dual is the first of three meets, two of which are at home.

December 5, 2009
Fencers Sweep Brandeis Invitational
Women's fencing saw a great start to their intercollegiate season this weekend with a sweep at the Brandeis Invitational. It was the first meet this year in which fencers competed as a team. The Bulldogs beat hosts Brandeis as well as Boston College, MIT, North Carolina and St. John's.

December 4, 2009
Fencers Head to Brandeis
Yale fencers head to Waltham, Mass. this Saturday for the annual Brandeis Invitational. The team is coming off a strong showing at the Penn State Open and hopes to make its mark on this first team competition.

November 22, 2009
Fencers Make Push at Penn State
Yale fencers kicked off their season this weekend at the Penn State Open. The Open, a two-day event, is an individual event that serves as a warm up for the regular season that begins after winter break.

November 19, 2009
Bulldogs Geared Up to Fence
Yale fencers will kick off their season on Nov. 21 at the Penn State Open. The Open, a two-day event, is an individual event that serves as a warm up for the regular season that begins after winter break.

November 19, 2009
Bulldogs Tune Up For Season With Dernell Every Open
On Saturday, Nov. 14, the Yale fencing teams participated in the Dernell Every Open, held in the seventh floor fencing hall of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The annual event brings together current fencers with alums to compete against one another in a friendly tournament. It is organized by the Yale Fencing Association, and serves as a fundraiser for the team, as well as a gathering for alumni/ae. Though winners are crowned for each weapon category, for both men and women, the true focus of the tournament is to give current fencers and alums a chance to get together for a friendly day of fencing and camaraderie. The Dernell Every Open also allows alums an opportunity to reconnect with each other and with beloved head coach Henry Harutunian.

October 30, 2009
Fencing Announces 2009-10 Schedule That Includes Two Home Meets
Yale fencing announced its competition schedule for the 2009-2010 season. The year will see Yale host three home meets, including the IFA Championships. In all, Yale fencers will compete at 11 different events this year.

July 16, 2009
Harutunian Inducted Into U.S. Fencing Hall Of Fame
During a formal ceremony at the 2009 U.S. National Fencing Championships, legendary Yale coach Henry Harutunian was inducted into the U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame. A large crowd was on hand to witness Harutunian's induction, including dozens of past and current Olympians, nearly 150 active fencers, U.S. fencing officials and a vocal and enthusiastic group of more than a dozen Yale fencers and family.

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