Emma Baratta
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

Emma Baratta, a four-time All-American fencer at Columbia, finished her impressive collegiate career with a record of 109-8. The standout fencer was named to the All-American first team in 2004 after a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships and again in 2006 following a third-place finish at nationals.

Also a three-time All-Ivy League and Academic All-Ivy League selection, Baratta was named to the 2006 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-American Women's First Team.

A well-rounded leader, Baratta earned the Kestler Award in 2004 for inspiring the team and leading the way to victory. In 2006, Baratta earned the Columbia Women's Fencing Award for the greatest contribution to the team based on leadership and ability. That same year, Baratta won the Marion R. Philips Watch as the Barnard/Columbia senior female student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average. Baratta's success continued after her collegiate career concluded, as she was one of 58 winter sport recipients in the nation to receive an NCAA postgraduate Scholarship.

Internationally, Baratta continued to fence with much success; so much so that her individual results from 2002-2008 included 9 national medals and 2 international medals. Baratta's career took off in the international fencing community in 2004 when she was a member of the 2004 U.S. National Team, which won silver at the World Championships and a coveted team gold medal at the World Cup in Moscow.

In 2007, Baratta was a member of the U.S. Team at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, during which the United States won silver. Most recently, Baratta was a member of the USA team, which won the bronze medal at the World Cup in Istanbul, Turkey.