29 Nov 2021 | 10:10 | Fencing
ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ivy League Fencing Round-Robins, widely regarded as one of the premier college fencing events each year, visits Ithaca, New York for the first time this weekend.
This year’s Ivy League event includes four men’s teams and four women’s teams ranked in the United State Fencing Coaches Association’s top 10 poll. With the ranking committee set to release another set of rankings, all eyes will be on results from this weekend’s Round-Robins.
This year will be the second Round-Robins to include weapons champions for the individual with the top record in each weapon.
Here is a quick look at each of the squads:
Brown’s men’s squad received 31 votes in the first ranking of the year, making them the second squad outside of the top 10. Simon Jones was a first-team All-Ivy finisher last year after going 11-4 at the Round-Robins. The Bears went 4-1 last weekend at the Eric Sollee Invite.
James Yoon went 10-4 at the invite to pace the men’s epee.
Brown’s women’s squad received five votes in the first ranking this season. Signe Ferguson went 10-8 at last year’s event in epee to pace Brown as a freshman. Ferguson went 9-5 last time out at the Eric Sollee Invite.
Columbia’s men’s and women’s squads are the reigning Ivy and national champions and currently ranked first and second, respectively, in the nation.
The top-ranked men had five All-Ivy selections last year, including returning seniors Jake Hoyle, Geoffrey Loss and Adam Mathieu. The Lions most recently went 4-2 at the Penn State Invitational.
Columbia’s women were ranked No. 2 in the initial poll of the year. The Lions will look to repeat as outright Ivy champions with the same formula as last year, which starts with the continued dominance in the foil.
The trio of Margaret Lu, Sara Taffel and Jackie Dubrovich went a combined 46-4 last year, and over the last two Round-Robins they are 91-12.
At the Penn State Invitational, the Lion’s foil contingent went a combined 51-12 to lead Columbia to a perfect 7-0 invite.
Cornell’s women’s squad received 45 votes in the first poll of the season, one spot out of the top-10.
Victoria Wines, a 2014 and 2015 All-Ivy selection in her first two Round-Robins, went 13-5 last year en route to being the first member of the Big Red to ever be a first-team selection two years in a row.
Wines has been key to the Big Red’s successful season so far, and has individual finishes in the top eight of three-straight North American Cup competitions. The junior is in contention for a US Olympic team spot for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.
Both the Crimson men and women are ranked fourth in the country after the first poll. Both squads are undefeated in team decisions so far this year.
Harvard’s men have won a share of the last three titles and return two All-Ivy performers, Jerry Chang and Duncan O’Brien. Cheng was a first-team selection after going 13-2 and O’Brien landed on the second team with a 10-5 record.
The women’s squad is paced by Adrienne Jarocki, who is 36-0 in her career at the Round-Robins and is the defending sabre individual champion, as well as the 2014 Most Outstanding Performer and top rookie winner.
The Quakers were ranked third on the men’s side and ninth on the women’s side in the initial poll of the season.
The men went 3-2 last year to finish third in the Ivy League standings. The Quakers return the reigning League foil champion, John Vaiani, who went 14-1 in his first Round-Robin last year. The Quakers return three of their five All-Ivy selections from last season.
The women’s squad received a first-place vote in the initial poll of the year, a season after tying for second in the League. Alejandra Trumble is the lone returning All-Ivy selection for the Quakers, and has 33 total Round-Robin wins in two seasons.
The Princeton women ranked third in the first ranking this season, while the men were eighth.
The women’s share of second place last year marked the first time since 2009 the Tigers did not win the League title. Princeton is 15-5 this year in team competitions, and return All-Ivy picks Desirae Major and Isabel Ford.
The men return all four 2015 All-Ivy selections, including the reigning epee champion, Alex House. House went 11-4 to help the Tigers to a 3-2 finish, good to share third overall.
The Bulldogs received votes in both the men’s and women’s polls. The men are coming off a pair of 15-12 wins over Sacred Heart and Vassar. Freshman Walter Musgrave went undefeated on the day.
The women also took a win over Vassar, 17-10.