Bulldogs Start Season At Penn State Open
Nov. 4, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -
The Bulldogs traveled south to the 35th Garrett Penn State Open today. Fourteen Yale fencers competed in the event. The team's highest finisher was junior Diana Schawlowski, who finished 17th out of 55 competitors in women's foil.
Schawlowski, freshman Lidia Gocheva and team captain Alisa Mendelsohn competed in the foil. Gocheva took 19th, while Mendelsohn finished 26th. Schawlowski was ranked first after the first found of fencing, with 25 touches and a +22 indicator. Gocheva was 15th and Mendelsohn was 19th after the same period.
Schawlowski and Gocheva advanced through the second round but both were eliminated after round three. Schawlowski missed advancing to the finals by one place.
Freshmen Kristin Saetveit (20th) and Rebecca Moss (24th), junior Eugenia Poland (50th), seniors Tejas Srinivas (55th) and Anne Nguyen (59th) and sophomore Abigail Fraeman (60th) all competed in the women's epee. There were 70 overall competitors.
Moss and Saetveit both advanced through the first two rounds of pool fencing. Saetveit won 3 of 4 bouts in the second round, with 18 touches and a +4 indicator. Moss won 2 bouts in the round. Unfortunately, neither was able to advance to the finals.
The Bulldogs' highest finisher in the women's sabre was freshman Katherine Arden, who placed 23rd out of 57 fencers. Freshman Farrah Kimovec (23rd), junior Erin Frey (29th), senior Genevieve Tauxe (36th) and junior Umi-shakti Ausar-Sahu (39th) also competed for Yale. Arden was the only Eli to advance through the first two rounds. She ranked 16th after the second round of fencing, winning two of her four bouts. She did not, however, reach the finals.
The Open continues tomorrow when the Yale men's fencing team will compete. The Bulldogs next take on NYU at home on November 30th at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Report filed by Nicholas Thorne '08, Yale Sports Publicity