PHILADELPHIA, PA - Columbia men's and women's fencing will look to defend their conference titles this weekend as they head to Philadelphia, PA, for the 2017 Ivy League Round-Robin Championships on Feb. 11-12 on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The men's side is eyeing four staight Ivy titles, while the women will look to three-peat.
WE GOT SOME REALLY BIG RINGS
For the first time since 1999, the Ivy league title was split, on the men's and women's side, between three schools. Columbia men's fencing shared the title with UPenn and Princeton, and the women split with Princeton and Harvard.
|Men's Results (4-1)||Women's Results (5-1)|
|-------||vs. Cornell: W, 21-6|
|vs. Princeton: W, 15-12||vs. Princeton: L, 10-17|
vs. UPenn: L, 11-16
|vs. UPenn: W, 18-9|
|vs. Yale: W, 16-9||vs. Yale: W, 21-6|
|vs. Harvard: W, 16-11||vs. Harvard: W, 19-8|
|vs. Brown: W, 21-6||vs. Brown: W, 20-7|
Not one, not two, not three, BUT FOUR.
The men's team (19-4) will look for four straight Ivy League titles this weekend, but will seek it's first outright title during that span. In 2014 and 2015, the Lions also shared the trophy, but only with the Harvard Crimson. Each weapon on the men's side is 16-7 this season, but men's foil has caught heat. The squad comes in having lost just two of their last eight matches.
Before sharing the title last year, the women's fencing was outright conference champions in 2015. Colmbia returns all but two fencers from last year's roster, having lost Sarah Yee (sabre) and Jackie Dubrovich (foil) to graduation. This season, women's foil is a team best 20-4, pacing the Lions to 23-1 record.
I'VE SEEN YOU BEFORE
Columbia has fenced against all but one of their Ivy league foes this season (Brown). The men have not dropped an Ivy League match. The women fell to Princeton in November, marking their sole loss of the season. In that match, the Lions were missing the majority of their foil squad.
DAY 1- FEB. 11
1:15 p.m. – Columbia vs. Brown
4:15 p.m. – Columbia vs. Penn (LIVE ON IVY LEAGUE DIGITAL NETWORK)
10:00 a.m. – Columbia vs. Harvard
11:30 a.m. – Columbia vs. Yale
1:45 p.m. – Columbia vs. Princeton
3:30 p.m. – Award Ceremony
Be sure to follow @ColumbiaFencing all weekend long for updates and scores from the Ivy League championships.