July 23, 2008

Sada Jacobson '06 to Represent U.S. at Olympics

July 23, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sada Jacobson '06, a two-time NCAA sabre champion at Yale, will compete for the U.S. in the Olympics for the second time at the upcoming Beijing games. Jacobson won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Jacobson, a native of Dunwoody, Ga., entered Yale in the fall of 2000 as a member of the Class of 2004 and already had a list of impressive accomplishments. She was a member of the 1999 U.S. team at the first Women's Sabre Cadet/Junior World Championship in Dijon, France. Her individual wins in the NCAA saber championship in 2001 and 2002 helped Yale finish ninth and sixth, respectively, in the country those years. Yale also won the Ivy League Championship in 2001-02. Jacobson then took a leave from Yale to prepare for the 2004 Olympics.

Jacobson claimed her first senior World Cup at the New York City Grand Prix in June of 2003, becoming the first American woman to achieve the world's top ranking. She then won the next World Cup event in Cuba. At the 2004 Olympics she defeated her first two opponents before falling to Tan Xue of China 15-12 in the second of two semifinals. She won the bronze medal by defeating Catalina Gheorhitoaia of Romania, 15-7.

Jacobson returned to Yale to complete her degree after the Olympics.

Jacobson's younger sisters, Emily and Jackie, are both fencers as well. Her father, David `74, was a fencer at Yale. Despite not having any fencing experience prior to coming to New Haven, David Jacobson became the school's first All-American under the tutelage of head coach Henry Harutunian. Jacobson captained the 1974 Yale team and earned a bronze medal at the 1974 U.S. National Championships.

Fencing competition at the 2008 Olympics runs from Aug. 9 to Aug. 17.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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