February 26, 2001

Fencing Prepares for IFA Champs

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Entering the weekend, the fencing team knew that a near impossible task lay at hand. Not only would it have to battle against five teams on Saturday afternoon, but in doing so, the Red would also have to tackle some of the toughest teams in the league.

Competing at Penn State, the Red faced the host Nittany Lions — the national champions the last several years running — Temple, Penn, Columbia, and Hunter College.

Cornell left the weekend with a 1-4 record, its sole victory coming against Hunter.

“Despite the losses, everybody fenced their hearts out,” said senior tri-captain Ellyn Rajfer.

“We knew it was going to be our hardest weekend of the season,” senior tri-captain Patricia Blumenauer added.

Stephanie Glaser — still a freshman — may have had the best performance for the Red when she destroyed an opponent from Penn by a 3-0 score.

“She gave it her all and fenced really well this weekend,” explained senior tri-captain Elinor Granzow.

“It was amazing,” Blumenauer added about Glaser’s performance.

The Red will focus its attention on next weekend’s IFA Championships at Harvard, where it will once again meet many of the teams it saw this weekend.

Archived article by Shiva Nagaraj