NEW YORK — Columbia Fencing will hit the strip for the first time at home this season when the Lions host Hunter, NJIT, Stevens and FDU for the Columbia Invite on Friday at 5 pm. The meet will be held in the Blue Gym at Dodge Fitness Center.

WELCOME HOME, FIRST-YEARS

This will be the first real collegiate team invitational for the first-year class as they will fence on their home floor for the first time.

ICYMI

Columbia started the season with two regional format meets at the Temple Invitational and Penn State Garret Open, where the Lions competed individually. Friday will be the first time that Columbia will compete as a team.

SOPHOMORES SHINE AT TEMPLE INVITE (Oct 28-29)

The sophomore class shined at the Temple Invitational. Ester Schreiber took home gold in individual women’s foil, dropping a single bout all day. Epee fencer Mick Yamanka and sabrist Alexander Walker III left Temple with silver medals.

SIX MEDAL WEEKEND AT PENN STATE (Nov 4-5)

First-year Sylvie Binder won gold in individual women’s foil with an unblemished 19-0 record, and sophomore Katie Angen also took home the top prize to lead the Lions at the Garret Open.

Giana Vierheller and Gabe Canaux both won epee silvers, and Sidarth Kumbla (men’s foil) and Porter Hesslegrave (men’s epee) took home bronze Nittany Lion trophies.

NEXT UP

The Lions will have a break from collegiate action until January 13, when they return from winter vacation for the Penn State Invitational. Columbia will be represented at North American Cups in Portland and Virginia during the holiday break.