NEW HAVEN The first day of the Ivy League Round Robin is over. Both the men’s and women’s fencing teams emerged with 2-1 records after defeating Yale and Harvard while losing to Columbia.
The action started with meets between the Quakers and the Bulldogs. The women defeated Yale, 18-9. The Red and Blue won all three weapons, however it was the 8-1 win in foil that clinched the victory. Abby Emerson and Zoya Abdikulova each went 3-0 in foil matches. Danielle Kamis also was 3-0 in her sabre bouts.
On the men’s side, the Quakers used a 9-0 sweep in sabre to secure a 17-10 victory over Yale. Andrew Bielen, Jonathan Berkowsky and Matthew Kolasa all went 3-0. Penn won a close epee match, 5-4 while the Bulldogs took the foil competition, 6-3.
Up next for both squads were bouts with Columbia. In the women’s match, Columbia swept all three weapons winning sabre 6-3, foil 5-4 and running the table in epee for a 9-0 win.
The men’s meet was closer, but still ended in favor of the Lions, 15-12. The Quakers used Ron Berkowsky’s 3-0 performance in foil to take the weapon, 5-4. Columbia responded with a 5-4 win of its own in epee before winning the bout via a 6-3 decision in sabre.
The final matches of the day pitted Penn against Harvard. The men defeated the Crimson, 16-11, and the women were also victorious, winning a close match, 14-13.
The Berkowsky brothers played an important role in the defeat of Harvard, each going 3-0. They were joined in the ranks of the undefeated by freshman Alex Salsman, who went 3-0 in foil. The Quakers and Crimson split a pair of 8-1 weapon victories, with Penn winning foil and Harvard taking epee. It was the Red and Blue’s 7-2 win in sabre that proved to be the difference in the match.
The women’s bout was the closest of the day. Harvard won the sabre and epee via matching 5-4 scores. The Quakers countered with a 6-3 win in foil to take the match. With the teams tied 13-13, Emerson’s match with Misha Goldfeder came down to the last touch. Emerson was able to score with a quick strike before Goldfeder could attack, securing the win for Penn. Captain Ilana Sinkin was 3-0 in her foil matches against Harvard.
Both teams will finish Ivy action February 10 when they have their final three matches as part of Ivy League Round Robin #2 at Princeton. The Quakers will fence against Brown, Cornell and the host Tigers. As always, you can find the most up-to-date info on Ivy League fencing here.