February 2, 2006

Bulldogs to Compete in Ivy Championships

Feb. 2, 2006

The women's fencing team (10-3, 0-0 Ivy) will be traveling to Ithaca to participate in the new Ivy championships this weekend. The competition, previously a series of dual meets spread out over several weeks, has been changed this year to a two-day format. The women will face three opponents on February 5th and finish up Ivy competition the following Sunday in New York City.

Yale will take on every other Ivy school except for Dartmouth, the only Ivy school without a varsity women's fencing program. On Sunday, Yale faces perhaps the tougher of the two days of competition, competing against Penn, Harvard, and Columbia. Harvard, the reigning Ivy champion, returns five first-team All Ivy fencers from 2005, and Penn has two returning first-team members. On February 12, Yale will take on Princeton, Cornell, and Brown on the last day of the Ivy competition.

Fencing multiple schools in one day is nothing new to the Bulldogs. At the Brandeis Invitational, many of Yale's fencers participated in 15 bouts. Still, the women recognize that they need to stay energetic throughout both days of competition to come out on top.

"We need to be able to keep up high energy all day," Carly Guss said.

Although this competition begins official Ivy play, the Bulldogs have already taken on Brown. In December, Yale topped the Bears 16-11, aided by the foil squad's shutout performance. The epee squad, with a 7-2 loss, did not fare as well.

The women recognize that the coming Sundays will prove to be challenging.

"We are an underdog amongst most of the Ivies," Alisa Mendelsohn said.

Still, the Bulldogs know that they have to stay focused in order to be successful.

"We must think about what we have to do and what will work against each opponent and implement those ideas in our bouts," Mendelsohn said.

Sunday, February 5 at Cornell
Yale vs. Penn, 10 am
Yale vs. Harvard, noon
Yale vs. Columbia, 2 pm

Sunday, February 12 at Columbia
Yale vs. Princeton, 11 am
Yale vs. Cornell, 1 pm
Yale vs. Brown, 5 pm

Report by Lauren Wiznia '09, Sports Publicity

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