PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Columbia Fencing program completed day two of the 2022 Ivy League Round Robin Fencing Championships as the Lions’ men’s squad claimed the Ivy League title outright with an undefeated 4-0 record, while the women’s team finished in second place at 4-2 Sunday at Brown’s Olney-Margolies Athletic Center.
Columbia’s men’s squad claimed its seventh Ivy League Fencing Round Robin title in the past eight years and 41st in school history. The Lions jumped into first place with back-to-back victories on Saturday over Yale (18-9) and Harvard (15-12), then extended their record to a perfect 4-0 to take the crown. On Sunday, Columbia used a narrow 14-13 win over Princeton and 16-11 win over Penn to clinch the title.
Ashton Daniel was named the Men’s Foil Individual Champion with a 10-2 record. Four Lions men earned First Team All-Ivy League honors including Josef Cohen (sabre), Ashton Daniel (foil), Sidarth Kumbla (foil), and Teddy Lombardo (epee). Christopher Walker earned Second Team All-Ivy League honors in sabre. Daniel was the leading foilist with a 10-2 overall record, while Cohen (9-3), Kumbla (9-3), and Lombardo (7-3) all finished second in their respective weapons.
The women finished tied for second with Harvard with a 4-2 record. Princeton won the title with a perfect 6-0 record. The women opened Saturday with a 20-7 win over Brown, an 18-9 defeat of Yale, but then dropped a 16-11 decision to Penn. The Lions ended their day with a 21-6 win over Cornell for their 3-1 record. Heading into Sunday, Columbia could have earned a share of the championship with two wins, but dropped a 20-7 decision to Princeton and ended the weekend with a 17-10 win over Harvard. Sylvie Binder and Zander Rhodes both earned Second Team All-Ivy League honors.
Columbia’s women’s streak of three consecutive outright titles came to an end. The Lions have now captured five of the last eight Ivy League women’s titles, while the men won their seventh title in the last eight years. Historically, Columbia tops the Ivy League in most combined team titles (54), most men’s team titles (41) and most women’s team titles (13) in 91 total years of competition. Head Coach Michael Aufrichtig has now guided Columbia to 12 overall titles (seven in men’s and five women’s).
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Columbia entered the weekend ranked No. 2 nationally in men’s fencing and No. 3 in women’s fencing in the US Fencing Midseason poll. Eleven Ivy League programs—six women’s and all five men’s—are listed in the top-11 of the poll. On the women’s side, Princeton is No. 1, Columbia is No. 3, Cornell is No. 4, Harvard is No. 5, Yale is No. 10, and Penn is No. 11. In men’s, Columbia is No. 2, Harvard is No. 4, Princeton is No. 7, Penn is No. 8, and Yale is No. 11.
Columbia now owns a 50-10-1 combined dual match record in 2021-22. Columbia’s women are now 26-5-1, while the men own a 24-5 dual match record.
Next up, Columbia returns home to host the George Kolombatovich Memorial Meet on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Dodge Fitness Center. The Lions will take on NYU, Sacred Heart, and Vassar at two locations in Dodge Fitness Center including the University Gymnasium “Blue Gym” and the Columbia Fencing Room.
2022 IVY LEAGUE FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 12-13, 2022, Olney-Margolies Athletic Center, Brown University, Providence, R.I.
SUNDAY’S WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS & RESULTS
Harvard def Yale, 18-9 (S63/F63/E63)
Princeton def Penn, 21-6 (S81/F72/E63)
Columbia def Brown, 20-7 (S63/F63/E81)
Princeton def Brown, 22-5 (S81/F63/E81)
Columbia def Yale, 18-9 (S63/F54/E72)
Harvard def Cornell, 19-8 (S72/F63/E63)
Yale def Cornell, 15-12 (S45/F63/E54)
Harvard def Brown, 20-7 (S72/F54/E81)
Penn def Columbia, 16-11 (S72/F45/E54)
Penn def Brown, 22-5 (S81/F81/E63)
Columbia def Cornell, 21-6 (S54/F81/E81)
Princeton def Yale, 18-9 (S72/F63/E54)
Princeton def Columbia, 20-7 (S72/F81/E54)
Cornell def Brown, 21-6 (S72/F81/E63)
Harvard def Penn, 15-12 (S63/F54/E45)
Penn def Cornell, 15-12 (S54/F54/E54)
Princeton def Harvard, 18-9 (S54/F72/E63)
Yale def Brown, 18-9 (S63/F72/E54)
Columbia def Harvard, 17-10 (S54/F63/E63)
Yale def Penn, 15-12 (S54/F63/E45)
Princeton def Cornell, 18-9 (S63/F54/E72)
COLUMBIA WOMEN’S INDIVIDUALS
Vera Kong, 8-7
Chiara Di Perna, 6-3
Nora Burke, 6-6
Chloe Gouhin, 3-5
Daniella Timofeyev, 3-7
5. Sylvie Binder, 12-6
6. Zander Rhodes, 8-6
10. Delphine DeVore, 7-8
Ruoqui Fei, 2-1
Vivian Zheng, 2-2
Valentina Bos, 10-3
Ariana Mangano, 9-3
Audrey Chu, 6-3
Yana Botvinnik, 5-3
Mina Yamanaka, 7-5
SUNDAY’S MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS & RESULTS
Penn def Princeton, 14-13 (S36/F54/E63)
Harvard def Yale, 20-7 (S90/F72/E45)
Columbia def Yale, 18-9 (S81/F72/E36)
Harvard def Penn, 19-8 (S81/F63/E54)
Columbia def Harvard, 15-12 (S36/F63/E63)
Princeton def Yale, 17-10 (S45/F63/E72)
Penn def Yale, 16-11 (S45/F54/E72)
Columbia def Princeton, 14-13 (S54/F54/E45)
Harvard def Princeton, 16-11 (S63/F54/E54)
Columbia def Penn, 16-11 (S72/F54/E45)
COLUMBIA MEN’S INDIVIDUALS
2. Josef Cohen, 9-3
6. Christopher Walker, 8-4
Jackson McBride, 3-0
Robert Vidovszky, 3-6
1.Ashton Daniel, 10-2
2. Sidarth Kumbla, 9-3
10. James Bourtis, 4-7
Joon Paik, 0-1
2. Teddy Lombardo, 7-3
Justin Haddad, 5-3
Ethan Kushnerik, 3-4
Cedric Mecke 1-4
Alan Temiryaev, 1-5