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Bulldogs Undefeated, Shelanski Named Champion on Day Two of Ivies

Isaac Shelanski (Photo courtesy of Ivy League)
Isaac Shelanski (Photo courtesy of Ivy League)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – At the final team competition of the season, the Bulldogs were victorious against both UPenn and Brown, earning third place in the Ivy League.

Captain Isaac Shelanski earned the championship title for men's epee after having won nine of his twelve bouts over the course of the two days. On the first day, he performed at a high level, having finished undefeated against Harvard, winning the majority of his bouts against Columbia's top-ranked team, and securing Yale's victory against Princeton. His ranking after day one was a respectable second place, but Shelanski was determined to do even better on the second day.  He began the morning with a victory against Penn, before going undefeated against Brown, securing his spot at the top of the rankings.

Walter Musgrave received First Team All-Ivy honors after finishing third in saber. In the last Ivy League Championship of his Yale career, he was determined to finish strong. After a brilliant day-one performance with a winning record against Columbia and no bouts lost against Princeton, Musgrave secured his spot at the top of the rankings by sweeping both UPenn and Brown.

One first year in each weapon received Second Team All-Ivy Honors: Foilist Earnest Chen, who placed sixth, epeeist Safi Haider, who placed fifth, and saberist Andrew Zhang, who placed fifth.

Overall, the Bulldogs had a successful second day of competition. They began the day going up against UPenn's talented team. The last time Yale faced them was in January, when the Bulldogs were victorious 14-13, so the Quakers were hungry for a rematch. While the score this time was still particularly tight, the Bulldogs were able to secure another close victory. Saber squad performed especially well against the Quakers, going 6-3, and epee also posted a positive win record.

Yale had yet to fence Brown this season, but the Bulldogs were determined to come out on top against the Bears. Carried by the momentum of their victory against UPenn, Yale was able to finish strong against Brown, earning a 26-1 victory. Cameron Allen, Earnest Chen, Skyler Chin, Daniel Flesch, Safi Haider, Elijah Hong, Walter Musgrave, Isaac Shelanski, Jonathan Xu, and Andrew Zhang all went undefeated.

With victories against Brown, Princeton, and UPenn, Yale finished the day ranked third, below only Columbia and Harvard.

When asked to reflect on his team's performance, Captain Shelanski said, "I'm really proud of how everyone fenced today. While we were disappointed because we missed out on a championship, we had the best Ivies our team has had in almost a decade, continuing our historic season. We also had five fencers finish on All-Ivy teams which was awesome!"

With Ivies behind them, the Bulldogs have finished their team competitions for the year. They will compete next at the NCAA Northeast Regionals, where qualifying fencers will vie for a spot at the national championships.