The competition this weekend will prove to be an opportunity for each individual fencer to improve her power ranking and, through this, improve her chance to qualify for nationals.

Fencing Prepares to Face Fierce Opponents at Brandeis Invitational

The Cornell Fencing team heads to Waltham, Massachusetts this weekend to compete in the Brandeis Invitational. The meet will include matches with Brandeis, Boston College, MIT, UNC, and No. 5 St. John’s University. The team has not fenced a meet since the Vassar Invitational two weeks ago, where the Red was enormously successful and picked up seven of eight possible wins.

The Red defeated seven of its eight opponents, only falling to Northwestern.

Cornell Fencing Picks Up Seven Wins at Vassar Invitational

The Cornell fencing team had a successful Sunday in Poughkeepsie. The group fenced at the Vassar Invitational, winning seven of the eight matches it competed in. The Red defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, Haverford, CCNY, Sacred Heart, Vassar, Wellesley and Stevens, losing only to Northwestern. “I don’t think we even had a bout where a fencer didn’t win a single bout within one school,” said head coach Daria Schneider, “It was a really strong day for everybody even with [several] harder schools.”

In addition to the overall team performance, squad performances were almost uniformly dominant, with the foil squad going 54-18 and both the epee and saber squads going 53-19. The foil squad was undefeated in its squad matches for the day, being the only group to pull off a squad win against Northwestern.

Although the Red lost every match over the weekend, the Epee squad picked up wins over Penn and Notre Dame.

Fencing Kicks off Season at Penn Invitational

The Cornell fencing team began its season this past weekend at the Penn Invitational in Philadelphia, PA, where it went up against Penn, Temple, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Columbia. The meet featured some of the country’s best fencing programs. The Columbia Lions won the NCAA Fencing Championship last season, Notre Dame finished second and Ohio State finished fifth. Although the Red lost every match and almost every squad match, the Epee squad managed to achieve wins against Penn and Notre Dame. “This weekend we fenced some of the best schools in the country,” said first-year head coach Daria Schneider. “The pressure was mainly on our opponents in the sense that they really were expected to win.”

Given how challenging the opposition was, Schneider says she is proud of the team’s results.