February 9, 2001

Fencers Hope to Roll

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The Big Red steamroller heads towards another set of victories.

What do Princeton, James Madison and Farleigh Dickinson all have in common? They are all about to encounter a full offensive salvo from the women’s fencing team.

The Red travels to Princeton this weekend with hopes of retaining its impressive 2000-01 record. And what a record it is. If recent results are anything to go by, it is certain that the Red will be aiming for nothing less than a triple victory. Thus far, it has amassed a 9-2, 0-1 Ivy record — the only blemish is the loss against Ivy foe, Yale. However, that statistic can be easily overturned if the Red manages to overcome a resilient Tiger squad. It won’t be easy though.

The Tigers successfully put one over the Red at the same tournament last year. But this is a different team, and hopefully they will draw confidence from their last competitive outing at Wellesley, MA.

Last weekend, women’s fencing went 3-0 at the Wellesley College Invitational, defeating Tufts 19-8, Vassar 20-7 and Wellesley 22-4. Sophomore Roopa Rangi finished the day 8-1. She was unbeaten in the epee event against Tufts and Vassar. Junior captain Patricia Blumenauer won 6 of her 7 bouts in the epee, going undefeated against Tufts and Wellesley.

Senior Ellyn Rajfer was also extremely potent, winning in all eight of her foil events. Junior Tara Hatami was perfect against Vassar and Wellesley, and finished the day strongly at 8-1.

In the saber event, Junior Elinor Granzow contributed to the Big Red win with a 7-1 record.

After returning from New Jersey, the Red will host Harvard at the Stifel fencing salle the following weekend in more league competition.

Archived article by Kris Rajan