NEW YORK – Over the next few weeks, GoColumbiaLions.com will take a look at the teams, student-athletes, coaches and staff members set to be inducted in the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame this October. Our next installment features two of the best women’s fencers in the rich history of Columbia Fencing in Emily Jacobson ’08CC and Daria Schneider ’10CC.
The 1996 Football Team
1929 Heavyweight Rowing
Liz Cheung-Gaffney ’98CC
Ted Kiendl 1911CC & John Howard Johnson ’22CC
Milena Kachar ’07CC
2005 Women’s Cross Country Team
Jackie Adelflo ’06SEAS
Howard Endelman ’87CC & The 1986 Men’s Tennis Team
Len Renery ’71CC and Amr Aly ’85CC
Emily Jacobson '08CC
On the fencing strip, Emily Jacobson did it all for the Lions, but her most prominent contribution came in 2005. During her first year in Columbia Blue, the sabre fencer became the first female Lion to bring an individual NCAA Championship back to Morningside Heights since Tzu Moy ’90CC did so in 1990.
Jacobson’s success continued at the national championships throughout her four-year career. As a sophomore in 2006, she went home with the silver medal and earned bronze as a junior and senior, respectively. To go along with the hardware, Jacobson garnered four first team All-America nods, to make her the second female fencer in Columbia history to accomplish the feat and first since Katy Bilodeau ’87CC did so from 1983-87.
Jacobson built on her fencing resume at the IFA Championships. In 2007, she helped the Lions to a second place overall team finish as the Atlanta, Georgia, native captured silver in the individual tournament.
The two-time All-Ivy League first team selection, helped Columbia to three Ancient Eight Titles (2005, 2007, 2008) including the Lions perfect 14-0 season in 2007. Jacobson, who served as co-captain, built a 131-16 overall record throughout her collegiate career that included a 17-1 mark against Ivy League opponents in 2008.
Jacobson started her illustrious fencing career on top. In fact, her outstanding accomplishments began before she even stepped on campus, as she became the 2004 Junior World Champion and was apart of the gold medal winning team. A member of the 2004 United States Olympic Team, Jacobson ranked as high as second nationally and 11th in the world.
Daria Schneider '10CC
Daria Schneider made an impact on the strip long before she picked up the coach’s whistle at her alma mater for four seasons. Her contributions came immediately as she stepped on campus, as she led all Lion fencers in victories as a first-year with a 45-9 overall record.
Two years later, Schneider permanently wrote her name in the Lions’ record book when she captured the individual NCAA sabre crown, becoming just the fifth female Columbia fencer to win an individual national title. The two-time All-American found herself on the NCAA podium again in 2009. After taking a year off to train for a spot on the 2008 United States Olympic team, Schneider claimed bronze at the national tournament.
A three-time first team All-Ivy League selection, Schneider was a key component of two Ivy League titles during her fencing days, including Columbia’s unblemished 14-0 Ivy League season in 2007. A well-rounded leader, the two-time captain earned the Kestler Award in 2009 for inspiring the team and leading the way to victory. That same year, CollegeFencing360.com named her National Fencer of the Week twice. Schendier concluded her career with the Lions with a 124-20 overall record.
Internationally, the Brookline, Massachusetts, local made the U.S. Senior National Team during her senior campaign and finished 15th at the World Championships.
Schneider also excelled in the classroom, as the Russian literature major was a three-time Academic All-Ivy Leaguer.