The Cornell women’s fencing team opened up its season with three decisive wins yesterday. In impressive fashion, the Red defeated Sacred Heart 23-4, Case Western 20-7 and Cleveland State 24-3.
Head coach Al Peters praised his fencers saying, “We trained hard and it showed. It was truly a team effort.”
Co-captains Patricia Blumenauer and Ellyn Rajfer led the way for the Big Red. Blumenauer went 9-0 in the epee and Rejfer went 9-0 in the foil competition.
In the epee competition Blumenauer set a great standard for fellow team members. Peters praised Blumenauer one of the strongest fencers, stating, “She did a very good job.”
Other strong finishers included Erica Gale and Stephanie Glaser.
Rejfer also posted an unblemished record.
“She had an outstanding day,” commented Peters, adding, “She finished strongly.”
Kata Mihaly led the way In the saber competition finishing with a 7-2 record. Also fencing well was Elinor Granzow.
“It was a great way to start the season,” said Peters.
He was very pleased with the results and said that the team demonstrated, “intelligent fencing and good technical fencing.”
Look for the Red as it takes on Yale at home on December 2nd. The Bulldogs, perennially one of the best teams, will be a true test for the Red.
Archived article by Kristen Haunss