Yesterday, the fencing team traveled to Penn to compete against seven other schools in the first of two Ivy League Round-Robin competitions.
Teams from Penn, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Harvard, Columbia and Cornell spent the day fencing, with the first match kicking off at 10 a.m.
It was a tough day for the Red, as it finished 0-3 against Harvard, Columbia and Penn.
There were, however, a few strong individual performances for Cornell throughout the course of the day.
In the first round, the Red was no match for defending national champion and two-time Ivy League champion Harvard, falling 21-6 overall and 7-2 in foil, sabre and epee. The lone highlight for the Red was freshman sensation Katherine Thompson, who won two bouts against tough competition in epee.
Thompson continued her stellar play in the second round, finishing 3-0. Junior Erica Waichmann also performed well in the second round, winning two of her bouts against her competition. The epee squad finished the second round with a 5-4 victory. As a whole, however, Cornell did not perform quite as well, falling to Columbia by an overall score of 21-6, including an 8-1 loss in sabre and a 9-0 loss in foil.
The Red saved its best for last, though, as it was one win away from upsetting a Penn team that finished 3-1 on the day.
Cornell lost 14-13, but its Sabre squad of sophomore Alex Heiss, and seniors Ivana Zglaji and Elise Pasoreck was able to come away with a 7-2 win. The foil and epee squads both fell, 6-3.