NEW YORK – The Karen Blank Award was given to Katie Angen of the Columbia fencing team at the 97th edition of the Varsity C Celebration in the Roone Arledge Auditorium Tuesday night.
The award is given to a senior female student-athlete enrolled in Barnard College who exemplifies the qualities of academic success, athletic achievement, strong sporting behavior and commitment to the community.
Angen is the sixth recipient of this accolade and second consecutive honoree from the fencing program.
Angen was a part of Columbia's back-to-back NCAA Championship teams from 2015 and 2016 and achieved second-team All-America honors in 2018. She also helped the women's fencing team capture three Ivy League titles in 2015, 2016 and 2018. This season, she won the championship clinching bout over Penn to capture the outright Ivy crown for Columbia, completing the Lions' undefeated 6-0 sweep at the Ivy League Round Robins. Angen went 35-15 in her native weapon of epee during her senior season and picked up All-Ivy League second team accolades. She was a first team All-Ivy league selection in 2017 as well.
A native of Los Angeles, Angen compiled 174 career wins and had a winning percentage of .770 in her Columbia career and captained the Lions during her junior and senior seasons.