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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Men Remain No. 1; Women Up to No. 5 in Polls as Fencing Gears for Ivy League Championships

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 02/06/2014
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NEW YORK – Columbia’s fencing team heads to Providence, R.I. for the Ivy League Championships on Feb. 8-9 in a round robin tournament which will see the Lions face all of their Ancient Eight foes in the two day event.

The men’s team remains No. 1 in the CollegeFencing360.com Coach’s Poll, while the women moved up one spot to No. 5 as the ballots were revealed this evening.

Complete CollegeFencing360.com Coach's Poll (Feb. 6, 2014)

SETTING THE SCENE
Columbia is in search of its 42nd and 43rd Ivy League Championships and first since 2008 when they take the strip at the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center on the campus of Brown.

Last season, the women’s team finished in second place with a 4-1 record, falling only to the eventual National Champions Princeton. The men went 3-2 and tied for second place with Penn and Princeton who placed behind Harvard.

The women’s team had six All-Ivy League honorees and the men posted six fencers on the all-conference squad.

LAST TIME OUT
The Lions are coming off a huge weekend on the international stage. Nzingha Prescod took silver in the Gdansk Grand Prix World Cup and earned a No. 6 ranking on the world stage.  Jackie Dubrovich and Geoffrey Loss took bronze in their respective events. Margaret Lu, Drew Johnston, and Sara Taffel all took top-40 finishes over the weekend. The Lions have not competed since the NYU and St. John’s Invitationals, when their meet with Vassar, Sacred Heart, and NYU was cancelled due to weather.

SCOUTING THE FIELD
Harvard brings two top-five teams to the competition this year. Neither the men nor the women had a great showing at the St. John’s Invitational where they were swept by Columbia. Adrienne Jarocki, a crucial part of the Crimson’s sabre team, was named National Rookie of the Week last week.

Penn is on a hot streak after taking down top-ten ranked Notre Dame. The Quakers’s Michael Mills won the national title in saber last year. The men’s team also acquired Shaul Gordon who finished behind Mills last year.

Princeton’s women’s team is ranked No.1 and is currently on a 41 dual-match winning streak. They are the four time reigning Ivy Champions. The men’s team finished second in the Ivy League last year. The Tigers swept all four Most Outstanding honors last year. Neither team has faced any other Ivy team this season.

Both Yale teams are currently undefeated in dual-match competition. Neither team has competed against another Ivy team this season.

Brown is having their best season in several years, cracking into the top 10 in the Coaches’ Poll for the first time ever. Both teams have only suffered one loss so far and swept their tournament this past weekend. The Bears have never placed higher than fourth in the Ivy Championship.

Cornell only has a women’s team. The team holds a 14-4 record this year and finished 3-2 in their last tournament.

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