Category Archives: Ivy at 50

Peggy Walbridge – Ivy@50

Tell Cornell’s Peggy Walbridge that she is Cornell’s greatest woman fencer and she’s quick to disagree. “No I’m not. Grace Acel was. She was phenomenal.” Indeed, Acel’s accomplishments are impressive, with two national fencing championships in 1942-43. Cornell had an … Continue reading

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Mary Jane O'Neill – Ivy@50

The Lajos Csiszar women’s fencing trophy, awarded to the Ivy League’s women’s champion team, is modeled on Penn Athletic Hall of Famer and two-time Olympian Mary Jane O’Neill. “The trophy was donated by a Penn alum,” O’Neill modestly recalls, “and … Continue reading

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Maya Lawrence – Ivy@50

Maya Lawrence is in Europe, working as an “assistante d’angalis” at a lycee (fix) (high school) in Paris, through a program administered by the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. She’s also training with some of the world’s best fencers in … Continue reading

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Sada Jacobson – Ivy@50

At the 2004 Summer Olympic sabre competition Sada Jacobson made history. She and teammate Mariel Zagunis became the first American women to medal in fencing when she took the bronze medal and Zagunis (daughter of Penn rower and 1976 Olympian … Continue reading

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Leigh Hochberg – Ivy@50

“If Brown didn’t have a fencing team, I probably would have wound up matriculating somewhere else.” And Leigh Hochberg’s decades-long association with Brown University has brought him to the cusp of a major medical milestone — enabling people who are … Continue reading

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Bob Cottingham – Ivy@50

When Bob Cottingham arrived as a freshman sabre fencer in 1984, Columbia fencing had not won a NCAA title since 1971. When he graduated in 1988, the program just won its second straight championship and would go on to win … Continue reading

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Tamir Bloom – Ivy@50

Penn graduate Tamir Bloom’s fencing career ended in the second round of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. It had been a tough road to get to these, his second Olympics, and he felt good about his result, though he … Continue reading

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