NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's fencing team will head to Princeton this weekend to take part in the two-day Ivy League Championships. Having put together a 6-6 record during the regular season, the Bulldogs will now look to try their hand against some formidable Ivy League opponents.
The Ivy League Championships are held in a round robin-style format, with each school fencing against every other school one time. The Ivy Championship goes to the school with the best overall record in the tournament, with head-to-head matchups serving as the tiebreaker in the case of even records. Previously, the Ivy Championships had taken place over the course of two weekends, with two separate hosts. However, for the sake of logistical convenience, this year's tournament for the first time has been condensed into one weekend. Princeton will play host to the other Ivy League fencing teams for Saturday Feb. 12 and Sunday Feb. 13.
At last year's Ivy League Championships, Yale finished with an overall record of 2-4, good for fifth place overall. With such a young team, this year will prove to be a tough test for the Elis, as both Harvard and Princeton have particularly strong teams.
"We are facing a really tough series of schools this weekend," said captain Madeline Oliver, "but our team has been picking up momentum and I'm hoping we can finish the season strong. If people do their best and leave everything on the strip, then it will have been a good competition."
10:30 am Columbia
1:45 pm Brown
10:00 am Penn
11:15 am Cornell
1:15 pm Princeton
2:30 pm Harvard
Report by Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity