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Day 2: Sights and Sounds of Ivy Round-Robins

The second day of action has finished and the All-Ivy distinctions have been named. Congratulations goes out to Head Coach George Kolombatovich and the Columbia Lions for going undefeated in both the men’s (5-0) and women’s (6-0) competitions.

For those that did not have the opportunity to make it to Princeton University’s Jadwin Gymnasium on Feb. 10th, the following video was made to display the unique sights and sounds of Ivy League fencing.


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What a Difference a Year Makes

It really is amazing what exactly can be done in just one year.

Our initial fencing blog (from last year’s Round-Robins) has enjoyed 3,436 total hits from outside sources (i.e. – not anybody that has the authority to contribute to it) over 13 months in existence.

Since the 2008 version of the fencing blog went live — on Jan. 30, 2008 — the total number of hits is 7,228 (at latest count). That figure more than doubles the entire number of hits from the first blog (and there is still more than 350 days left in the calendar year for the numbers to increase).

To put such an increase into perspective, the best day that the blog on last year’s blog was 354 hits (which came on the final day of competition in 2007).

And although the official count was based in Greenwich Mean Time (what can you do?), the best day for hits was Feb. 10th at 1,462 hits.

But since I am from the East coast (Langhorne, Pa., represent!), I made my very own 24-hour window which ran from 11:59 am on Feb. 9 through 11:59 pm EST on Feb. 10 so that a true count could take place. Judging by my count – the total hits for that day was 1,980 [which was not only a great year to be born – but also is > than our best day a year ago (354 X 5.5932203 = 1980)].

Thank you so very much for the support of this blog. The original hope was that this would attract a modest increase over the traffic from a year ago (modest being 500-1000 more hits over the course of the year). It is safe to say that the steep increases went beyond any prognostication. You have made it a great success!

Spread the word and let’s do it again at the Ivy Fencing Round-Robins 2009!

Is 10,000 strong possible? Only time will tell.

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2008 Champions!


Congratulations are in order for all squads at this year’s competition for two incredible days of fencing.  But a special congratulations goes out to the staff of Columbia University, led by Head Coach George Kolombatovich, who’s Lions fenced flawlessly in both competitions. 

Best of luck to all teams and athletes that are participating in the IFA’s in the coming weeks and continued success for the rest of the season!


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2008 Fencing All-Ivy Selections

The following names are men and women that have been honored with First or Second Team All-Ivy distinction based on the results from the 2008 Ivy Fencing Championships.

Men’s Sabre: 1st Team All-Ivy

1. Jeff Spear (Columbia) – 14-1
2. Alex Diacou (Columbia) – 13-2
2. Jonathan Berkowsky (Penn) – 13-2 

Men’s Sabre: 2nd Team All-Ivy

4. Alex Rudnicki (Columbia) – 12-3
4. Steve Ahn (Harvard) – 12-3
6. Matthew Kolasa (Penn) – 11-4 

Women’s Sabre: 1st Team All-Ivy

1. Emily Jacobson (Columbia) – 17-1
2. Alexa Weingarden (Harvard) – 14-4
2. Jackie Jacobson (Columbia) – 14-4

Women’s Sabre: 2nd Team All-Ivy

4. Danielle Kamis (Penn) – 13-5 
5. Alexandra Heiss (Cornell) – 12-6
5. Allie Sneider (Harvard) – 12-6
5. Danielle Gordet (Columbia) – 12-6
5. Randy Alevi (Brown) – 12-6

Men’s Foil: 1st Team All-Ivy

1. Kurt Getz (Columbia) – 12-3
2. John Gurrieri (Yale) – 11-4
3. Alex Salsman (Penn) – 10-5
3. Kai Itameri-Kinter (Harvard) – 10-5
3. Ron Berkowsky (Penn) – 10-5
3. Sherif Farrag (Columbia) – 10-5

Men’s Foil: 2nd Team All-Ivy

No Additional Selections

Women’s Foil: 1st Team All-Ivy

1. Nicole Ross (Columbia) – 17-1
2. Abby Caparros-Janto (Columbia) – 14-4
2. Ilana Sinkin (Penn) – 14-4
2. Misha Goldfeder (Harvard) – 14-4

Women’s Foil: 2nd Team All-Ivy

5. Abby Emerson (Penn) – 13-5
6. Arielle Pensler (Harvard) – 12-6
6. Francesca Bartholomew (Brown) – 12-6
6. Lidia Gocheva (Yale) – 12-6
6. Zoya Abdikulova (Penn) – 12-6

Men’s Epee: 1st Team All-Ivy

1. Max Czapanskiy (Columbia) – 13-2
2. Michael Pearce (Yale) – 10-2
3. Lorenzo Casertano (Columbia) – 11-4
3. Teddy Sherrill (Harvard) – 11-4

Men’s Epee: 2nd Team All-Ivy

5. Graham Wicas (Princeton) – 8-4
6. Brent Kelly (Columbia) – 9-6

Women’s Epee: 1st Team All-Ivy

1. Martyna Urbanowicz (Columbia) – 16-2
2. Rebecca Moss (Yale) – 12-3
3. Jasjit Bhinder (Princeton) – 13-5
3. Maria Larsson (Harvard) – 13-5

Women’s Epee: 2nd Team All-Ivy

5. Chandler Clay (Princeton) – 12-6
5. Oriana Isaacson (Columbia) – 12-6
5. Tess Finkel (Columbia) – 12-6

For a rundown as to how the All-Ivy distinctions are determined, please consult All-Ivy Explained.

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Women's: Penn 20, Princeton 7

The second half of the Ivy League Fencing Round-Robins (formerly known as the “South” Championship) is taking place at Princeton University’s Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, N.J., on February 10, 2008. Below is the latest match report.

Sabre: Penn, 6-3
Penn: Danielle Kamis 2-1, Alexis Baran 2-1, Cassandra Partyka 2-1.
Princeton: Cara DiGirolamo 0-3, Caroline Merz 2-1, Jessica Fields 0-2, Lyuba Docheva 1-0.

Foil: Penn, 8-1
Penn: Abby Emerson 3-0, Zoya Abdikulova 3-0, Ilana Sinkin 2-1.
Princeton: Mina Zargham 1-2, Karen Petsche 0-3, Ann Gong 0-3.

Epee: Penn, 6-3
Penn: Stephanie Wheeler 1-2, Kristen Hughes 2-1, Kathryn Anthony 3-0.
Princeton: Chandler Clay 1-2, Jasjit Bhinder 1-2, Jo-Ann Karhson 0-1, Lauren Clark 1-1.

IVY RECORDS: Penn 5-1, Princeton 2-4

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Women's: Harvard 17, Cornell 10

The second half of the Ivy League Fencing Round-Robins (formerly known as the “South” Championship) is taking place at Princeton University’s Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, N.J., on February 10, 2008. Below is the latest match report.

Sabre: Harvard, 6-3
Cornell: Alison Ewing 0-2, Julie Viola 0-1, Alexandra Heiss 2-1, Gwen Waichman 1-2.
Harvard: Allie Sneider 3-0, Alexa Weingarden 2-1, Samantha Parker 1-2.

Foil: Harvard, 8-1
Cornell: Analise Peleggi 0-3, Jessica Tranquada 1-2, Dana Baines 0-3.
Harvard: Arielle Pensler 3-0, Misha Goldfeder 3-0, Anna Podolsky 2-1.

Epee: Cornell, 6-3
Cornell: Erica Waichman 2-1, Katherine Thompson 2-1, Sallie Dietrich 2-1.
Harvard: Lisa Vastola 0-3, Maria Larrson 3-0, Elizabeth Bast 0-3.

IVY RECORDS: Cornell 2-4, Harvard 3-3

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