NEW YORK, NY — In the final home match of the season, Columbia fencing decided to have a little fun. Some fencers, including seniors who were fencing in their final home meet of the season on senior night, swayed away from their usual weapon and picked up a new one. 

SHOWCASE OF VERSATILITY

Sara Taffel (foil) fenced epee vs. NYU: 2-1

James Sands (foil) fenced epee vs. NYU: 1-2

Jessie Laffey (foil) fenced epee vs. Sacred Heart: 2-1

Giana Vierheller (epee) fenced foil vs. Sacred Heart: 3-0

James Sands (foil) fenced sabre vs. Vassar: 1-2

Maciej Biernacki  (sabre) fenced epee vs. Vassar: 1-1

Jessie Laffey (foil) fenced sabre vs. Vassar: 3-0

MEN’S RECAP

Columbia fencing fell to NYU in their first match of the night, 13-14.  With the score tied at 13, James Sands, who usually fences foil, lost the final epee bout 5-3. They were also forced to forfeit one foil bout due to an injury. The Lions rebounded against Sacred Heart with an 18-9 victory.  A sabre squad featuring seniors Maciej BiernackiElijah Granet and Chris Ahn went 8-1.

Columbia finished off the night with a 17-10 victory of Vassar. Senior Chris Ahn (sabre) and John Avendano (foil) both went 3-0 in their bouts.

WOMEN’S RECAP

The Lions won their first match of the night handily, 24-3 over NYU. Foil continued their dominance, with Margaret Lu, Quinn Crum and Jessie Laffey all going undefeated. Foil fencer Sara Taffel fenced epee in the final home meet of her Columbia career, and won two of her three bouts.

Columbia continued to perform against Sacred Heart. The Lions defeated the Pioneers 25-2, paced by foil and sabre who both did not drop a bout.

The Lions ended the meet with a very dominant victory over Vassar, 26-1. Senior foil fencer Jessie Laffey picked up a sabre in her final home bouts of the season and went 3-0.

Columbia will now prep for NCAA Northeast Regionals, which will be held on Sunday March 12 in New Haven, Conn.

MEN’S FENCING – HISTORICAL MEET RESULTS

COLUMBIA, NYU (13-14)

SABRE (5-4)

Maciej Biernacki  (1-2)

Chris Ahn (2-1)

Elijah Granet (2-1)

FOIL  (3-6) (Columbia forfeited one)

John Avendano (2-1)

Drew Johnston (0-1)

Albert Zhang (1-2)

Marc Berghouse (0-1)

EPEE (5-4)

Porter Hesslegrave (3-0)

James Sands (1-2)

Sacha Schouker (1-2)

COLUMBIA, SACRED HEART (18-9)

SABRE (8-1)

Elijah Granet (2-1)

Chris Ahn (3-0)

Maciej Biernacki (3-0)

FOIL (4-5)

John Avendano (1-2)

James Sands (2-1)

Albert Zhang (1-2)

EPEE (6-3)

Jarett Poliner (1-2)

Porter Hesslegrave (3-0)

Sacha Schouker (2-1)

COLUMBIA, VASSAR (17-10)

SABRE (6-3)

Elijah Granet (2-1)

James Sands (1-2)

Chris Ahn (3-0)

FOIL (7-2)

John Avendano (3-0)

Albert Zhang (2-1)

Marc Berghouse (2-1)

 

EPEE (4-5)

Maciej Biernacki (1-1)

Sacha Schouker (1-2)

Jarett Poliner (1-2)

Porter Hesslegrave (1-0)

WOMEN’S FENCING: HISTORICAL MEET RESULTS

COLUMBIA, NYU (24-3)

SABRE (8-1)

Lena Johnson (3-0)

Anastasia Ivanoff (3-0)

Violet Michel (2-1)

FOIL (9-0)

Margaret Lu (3-0)

Quinn Crum (3-0)

Jessie Laffey (3-0)

EPEE (7-2)

Giana Vierheller (3-0)

Elise Gout (2-1)

Sara Taffel (2-1)

COLUMBIA, SACRED HEART (25-2)

SABRE (9-0)

Ilana Solomon (3-0)

Anastasia Ivanoff (3-0)

Violet Michel (3-0)

FOIL (9-0)

Margaret Lu (3-0)

Ester Schreiber (3-0)

Giana Vierheller (3-0)

EPEE (7-2)

Mason Speta (2-1)

Jessie Laffey (2-1)

Amy Tong (3-0)

COLUMBIA, Vassar (26-1)

SABRE (9-0)

Ilana Solomon (3-0)

Violet Michel (3-0)

Jessie Laffey (3-0)

FOIL (9-0)

Ester Schreiber (9-0)

Quinn Crum (9-0)

Sara Taffel (9-0)

EPEE (8-1)

Mason Speta (3-0)

Elise Gout (0-1)

Audrey Yun (2-0)

Amy Tong (3-0)