Yale fencer Sada Jacobson (Dunwoody, Ga.) has now done what no other American woman has ever done -- achieve the world's top ranking!
Jacobson claimed her first senior World Cup at the New York City Grand Prix over the weekend, defeating two-time World Cup champion Elena Jemayeva, of Moscow, Russia, 15-11, to earn the gold. Jacobson's sister, Emily, was the second-highest U.S. finisher at sixth, after being defeated by Jemayeva, 15-10, in the quarterfinals.
Sada Jacobson has been a two-time NCAA Champion for the Bulldogs and looks to be a force at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. The Ivy League has not had an Olympic fencing medalist since the Los Angeles Games of 1932 when Columbia's Hugh Alessandroni and Yale's Dernell Every and Frank Righeimer each earned bronze in team foil.
The preliminary rounds of the NYC Grand Prix took place at the Dodge Physical Fitness Center on Columbia's campus while the finalists dualed at the historic Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal.