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.

The fencing season is over for all but the fencers who qualified for NCAA regionals, on March 13th.

Women’s Fencing Finishes Season With Strong Showing in Philadelphia

This past Sunday, the Cornell women’s fencing team (16-8) travelled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to compete in their last competition of the dual meet season. The Red fought hard against five foes over the course of the day, defeating UNC (16-11), NJIT (20-7) and Johns Hopkins (21-6) but dropping matches to Duke (14-13) and Temple (15-12). The results of the invitational were reflective of a Red fencing program that has developed admirably over the course of the season on their way to a 16-8 record. “It is great to know the team is growing with more experience gained and [the] results reflect everyone’s overall effort this season,” said head coach Iryna Dolgikh. “The highlights were brought to us by the solid performances from our team MVP fencers on the foil squad – Angelica [Gangemi] and Ediona [Sera],” Dolgikh said.

FENCING | Women Take Home Three Medals

For the Cornell fencing team, the season is off to a great start as the women were victorious in their first tournament of the season at the Temple Open. The tournament was held in Philadelphia at Temple University this past weekend. It is an individual tournament drawing over 600 athletes from 30 different universities and the Red finished the tournament earning three medals — a gold in women’s epee, as well as two bronze medals in saber and foil. Junior Victoria Wines is hopeful for the season as a whole, explaining that the team’s hard work will ideally reflect in how it performs.

“My team made me very proud this weekend,” she said. “I am confident this season will reflect the hard work and determination of our team.”

During the Temple Open, Wines earned the gold medal — therefore winning the women’s epee section of the tournament.

Fencing to Compete in Temple Open Meet

This upcoming Saturday, the Red fencing team won’t be dressing up in spooky costumes or putting on crazy makeup. No, the Red will be making a trip down to Philadelphia where they will compete in the the Temple Open meet. The Open features many of the top fencerss in the nation, and will be a great test to open the year for Cornell. The Temple Open meet, hosted by Temple University in Philadelphia, is an individual meet, but Cornell’s team makes the trip every year to compete together against hundreds of collegiate fencers from across the East coast. Last year at the meet, Cornell had their best showing yet, with three women earning medals at the event.

Fencers Conclude Season in Penn.

While much of the country has been caught up in the NCAA men’s basketball finals, other winter sports, including fencing, have also been ending their seasons this month. Last weekend, four fencers traveled to State College, Penn., to fence in the 2009 NCAA Fencing Championship, where the team finished 19th out of 24 teams. Sophomore foil co-captain Jessica Tranquada came in 20th out of the 24 foilists, senior co-saber captain Alex Heiss placed 20th among the 24 saberists, and of the 25 epeeists, junior epee co-captain Tasha Hall came in 19th and junior Sallie Dietrich came in 24th.[img_assist|nid=36230|title=Lay down your weapon|desc=Cornell sent four fencers to the NCAA Fencing Championship last weekend in State College, Penn.