2018 IVY LEAGUE FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS
JADWIN GYMNASIUM - PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY
ivy league fencing
PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY – It's the weekend we have all been waiting for! Columbia heads to Princeton, New Jersey for the 2018 Ivy League Championships on Saturday and Sunday to meet up with their league foes for a shot at the championship trophy. 
LAST YEAR'S RESULTS: MEN - IVY CHAMPS, WOMEN- SECOND PLACE
Men's Results (4-1) Women's Results (5-1)
------- vs. Cornell: W, 24-3
vs.Brown: W, 21-6 vs.Brown: W, 25-2

vs. Penn: L, 12-15

vs. Penn: W, 18-9
vs. Harvard: W, 14-13 vs. Harvard: W, 16-11
vs. Yale: W, 14-13 vs. Yale: W, 21-6
vs. Princeton: W, 15-12 vs. Princeton: L, 13-14 

MEN'S TEAM PREVIEW

The men's team will be looking for five straight Ivy League Championships at Princeton this weekend. Each of their four straight titles have been shared, as the Lions split the chip with Princeton and Penn last season.  The men's team has not won an Ivy League title outright since the 2007-08 season. 

SCOUTING THE LEAGUE

This season, the squad has beaten Yale 23-4, Penn 14-13, and Brown 20-7. Columbia's only loss to an Ivy League opponent came in a close match against Harvard at the St. John's Invitational (13-14). The team has not faced Princeton yet this season. The Lions will meet the championship hosts in the first match of the weekend, on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. 

MEN'S FENCERS TO WATCH

The foil squad continues to pace the Lions this season with a 17-2 record.  First-year Sidarth Kumbla is looking forward to his first Ivy League Championships as he sits at 38-10 overall. Junior Nolen Scruggs (31-14) was named First Team All-Ivy at last year's Ivy League Championships after going 10-4 during the weekend. Sam Moelis is 29-9 this season. If this trio starts off hot, it will be hard to cool down.

Senior Gabe Canaux was second team All-Ivy league last season, and has the best record on the epee squad at 23-13. For men's sabre, Calvin Liang, who is a co-captain on this year's team is the most experienced on the squad and boasts a 20-13 record this season.

"Ivies is unlike any other competition in the world," Liang said. "You have to feed off everyone's energy and know that you are not alone." 

WOMEN'S TEAM PREVIEW

The women's team will be looking to avenge its loss at the 2017 Ivy League championships, in which the Lions fell to the Princeton Tigers in the final match of the weekend, and in the final bout to give Princeton the 14-13 advantage and the championship trophy. The Lions had won back-to-back Ivy Championships going into last year's round robins.

"It was disappointing for the women not to win Ivies for the first time in a long time, especially considering it was one team that won and there were no tie breakers." Sophomore Giana Vierheller said about last season. "I think that makes us realize that if we want to win, we can't settle for anything less than winning everything. I know that we can."

This season, the 2017 runner-up Lions go into this weekend with a 17-3 record, with Ivy wins over Yale (15-2), Penn (14-13), and Harvard (18-9). 

WOMEN'S FENCERS TO WATCH 

The women's epee squad has led the Lions this season with an 18-2 record, the best on the team. Vierheller is an unparalleled 30-3 in epee, and has the highest power ranking in the NCAA.

Columbia fencing is known for women's foil dominance, and this year has been no different, although the squad only has four fencers this season. Sophomore Ester Schreiber is 33-3, Junior captain Iman Blow has a 31-5 record, first-year Sylvie Binder is 24-5 and Quinn Crum sits at 27-11. This small but powerful group will be called upon to win a lot of bouts this weekend.

In women's sabre, Violet Michel has come out strong in her sophomore season, going 28-14 so far this season. 

Senior captains Katie Angen (epee) and Lena Johnson (sabre) were both named First Team All-Ivy last season, both going 11-4 on the weekend. Both are poised to lead the Lions back to a league title in their last championships.

Returning All-Ivy Fencers 2017 

Katie Angen - first-team women's epee

Lena Johnson - first-team women's sabre

Nolen Scruggs- first-team men's foil 

Gabe Canaux - second-team men's epee

IVY CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

DAY 1 - FEB. 10

10:00 A.M. - Columbia vs. Cornell 

11:45 A.M. - Columbia vs. Princeton 

2:15 P.M. -  Columbia vs. Brown

DAY 2 - FEB. 11

10:00 A.M. - Columbia vs. Harvard 

11:45 A.M. - Columbia vs. Yale 

2:15 P.M. -  Columbia vs. Penn

5:45 P.M. - Awards Ceremony