NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's fencing team is preparing to participate in the first ever US Squad Championships this Sunday, February 27. The tournament will be hosted by NYU and will feature the top 24 fencing programs in the country.
In their last time out on the strip, the Bulldogs competed in the Ivy League Championships. With many inexperienced fencers, Yale faced an uphill battle and eventually finished seventh overall.
The format of the US Squad Championships will be a bit different from other college fencing competitions. Under normal college fencing rules there are nine bouts to five points, per weapon. This weekend's events will use "rally scoring" to 45. Each squad will be allowed three fencers and one substitute. The fencers on each squad will fence all of their opponents. The first matchup will go to five points, the next will keep the same score and go to 10 and so on, until the final matchup goes to 45. This format means that large comebacks are possible if one team's strongest fencer is significantly stronger than the opposing team's strongest fencer.
"It's a new tournament and a new format for most of the team," said captain Madeline Oliver, "so we're looking forward to experiencing something different and hopefully finishing the season strong."
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity