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 Sara Taffel
Career Record         Ivy   Overall 
Junior 2015-16       14-1   80-17
Sophomore 2014-15       12-2   64-19
First-Year 2013-14       15-2   64-29
Overall         41-5   218-65

Junior (2015-16): Named second team All-America after taking fifth place at the NCAA Championships (March 24-25) with a 17-6 record and +34 touch differential … earned fourth place at the NCAA Northeast Regional (March 13) after an 18-4 record and +51 touch differential … earned first team All-Ivy League after taking silver with a 14-1 record at the Ivy League Round-Robins (Feb. 6-7) while only loss came to fellow teammate and Ivy League Champion Jackie Dubrovich … went 10-2 at the Penn State Invitational (Jan. 16) … recorded a perfect 9-0 record at the Penn Elite Invitational (Nov. 21) … opened the season with a  6-1 record at the Columbia Invitational (Nov. 6) … received the Columbia women’s fencing Kestler Award … team captain

Sophomore (2014-15):
All-Ivy League First-Team … Went undefeated at the Columbia Invitational to lead the Lions (Nov. 15) ... Turned in an unbeaten 15-0 performance at the Penn State Invitational (Jan. 17) ... Went 6-3 at the St. John’s Invitational (Jan. 24) … Posted a 7-5 ledger at the NYU Invitational (Jan. 25) … Tallied a 12-2 record at the Ivy League Round-Robins including a perfect 3-0 record vs. Harvard, Cornell, Penn (Feb. 8-9) … Notched an 8-1 mark at the Historical Meet (Feb. 10) ... Captured fifth at NCAA Northeast Regionals (March 8). 

First-Year (2013-14):
Placed 15th at the NCAA Championships (March 20-23) …Finished 10th at NCAA Northeast Regional (March 9) … Earned All-Ivy League second team honors … Turned in an unbeaten 6-0 performance at the Historical Meet (Feb. 21) … Went 13-1, which was good for second, at the Ivy League Round-Robins (Feb. 8-9) … Notched a 7-2 record at the Penn State Invite (Jan. 12) … Posted an unbeaten 9-0 mark at the Brandeis Invitational (Dec. 8) … Made her collegiate debut with a 5-1 showing at the Columbia Invite (Nov. 22).

International Experience:

Placed fifth in the Junior Women's Foil and 26th in the Division I Women's Foil at the January NAC (Jan. 9-12) ... Took seventh in Division I women's foil at the December NAC (Dec. 5-8) ... Finished 11th at the World Cup in Timisoara, Romania (Sept. 27-28) ... Placed sixth at the October NAC (Oct. 10-13) ... Turned in gold medal performance at the November NAC in Junior Men’s Foil (Nov. 7-10) ... Earned an individual spot on the US Junior Team ... Took sixth in the Division I Women’s Foil at the USA National World Championships (Feb. 27-March 2).

Before Columbia:
Silver medalists in the Division I women’s foil at the 2014 USA Fencing National Championships in Minnesota … Silver medalist at the 2013 Junior World Team Championships in Croatia … Earned the silver at the Cadet World Championships in Moscow … Captured the gold medal at the Cadets NAC in Richmond, Va., in 2011.

Position: Foil
Year: Senior
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
High School: Dwight School
College: BC
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