Ivy League Fencing Championships on Tap for This Weekend

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First-year sabre fencer Mel Rodriguez
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK – Winners of 41 Ivy League championships during their storied history, Columbia will look to add another line to their history of titles this weekend at Princeton, where the 2011 Ivy League Championships will take place on February 12 and 13.

Columbia recently competed in the NYU Historical Meet Plus on Wednesday, February 9, when the women defeated Sacred Heart, Vassar and NYU by decisive margins.  The men knocked off Vassar but lost close matches to Sacred Heart and NYU by a combined three points.

The women have been paced by a number of fencers early this season, including sophomore Loweye Diedro and Lydia Kopecky, who hold the team lead with 21 wins apiece.  D'Meca Homer has posted 20 wins this season and Katya English is close behind with 17 victories.  First-year Nzingha Prescod is also 9-0 in limited competition.

On the men's side, a crop of rookies have led the way.  Newcomers Magnus Ferguson and Alex Pensler own identical 27-12 records during the early season of dual meets.  Classmates Mel Rodriguez (21 wins) and Bo Charles (18 wins) have also made an impact with their strong fencing during their first collegiate seasons.

The complete schedule for the 2011 Ivy League Championships follows:

Saturday, February 12

Columbia vs. Yale (Women)    10:30 a.m.
Columbia vs. Yale (Men) 10:30 a.m.
Columbia vs. Penn (Women) 11:45 a.m.
Columbia vs. Penn (Men) 11:45 a.m.
Columbia vs. Cornell (Women)    1:45 p.m.

Sunday, February 13

Columbia vs. Princeton (Women)    10 a.m.  
Columbia vs. Princeton (Men) 10 a.m.
Columbia vs. Harvard (Women) 11:15 a.m.
Columbia vs. Harvard (Men) 11:15 a.m.
Columbia vs. Brown (Women) 1:15 p.m.
Columbia vs. Brown (Men) 1:15 p.m.

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