November 19, 2011

Bulldogs Kick Off Season with Penn State Open

New Fencers Look to Make Mark 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a difficult past season, the Yale women's fencing team will begin a new season this weekend with the Nov. 19-20 Penn State Garret Open, held in State College, Pa.

The Bulldogs have several fresh new faces in their line-up, and are excited to finally begin competition. The tournament will not only build each fencer's experience, but also give the entire team the opportunity to assess where it is at and where it can go throughout the course of the season.

With the addition of five freshman, the women's fencing team has a revitalized mix in epee and saber: Maryne Dijkstra and Margaret Kandel will represent the Bulldogs in epee while Ashley Fengand Rachel Hayes will begin their college fencing careers in saber. In addition, freshman Lauren Miller will join the foil line-up.

Despite the new weapons teams the Bulldogs have assembled, the two day Penn State Garret Open is an individual competition. As a consequence, the fencers will not technically be competing as a team, but rather, will available to support and cheer for one another.

"I believe the women's team will be able to pick up the pace from last year, but they won't be ready until next semester, when some key players return from abroad," said head coach Henry Harutunian.

That support will certainly be crucial the Bulldogs look to build on their results at last year's competition, where Madeline Oliver, the former captain and a current junior, finished 16th in saber and junior captain Robyn Shaffer took home a top-24 finish in epee. 

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

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