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 

Oliver is in Ezra Stiles College and hails from New York, NY. She has been fencing since the sixth grade and competing seriously since ninth grade. She graduated from Walt Whitman High School.   

“It is my true passion and I really feel lucky to be allowed to fence on a team as talented and supportive as the Yale team,” noted Oliver. 

“I am looking forward to being captain next year because we had a great season this year and I'm excited to see what we can do next year.”  

It is unusual to have a sophomore captain, but the captaincy is not limited to seniors.

The fencing banquet is an annual event that showcases the history and culture behind the Yale fencing program. Alumni from graduating classes in the '60s to the graduating class of '09 return for the banquet. Awards are presented to a member of each class. Each award is named after a Yale fencer and the story of that fencer is recounted when the award is presented.

“It is so interesting to hear about the amazing people who fenced on the team and the legacies that have been left behind,” remarked Oliver. 

Every senior makes a speech at the banquet and additionally, Coach Henry Harutunian makes a speech to each senior. 

“It is a great opportunity for alumni to get to know the student-athletes and exchange stories. The banquet really makes the whole team feel as though we are being woven into the tapestry of Yale Fencing's legacy and history,” noted Oliver. 

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity

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