February 19, 2012

Six Fords named to EWFC all-star team

HOBOKEN, N.J. -  The Haverford College women's fencing team competed in the individual portion of the Eastern Women's Fencing Conference (EWFC) Championships held on the campus of Steven's Institute of Technology on Sunday.

Sophomore epeeist Anjali Baliga led the Fords with a second-place finish on the day, while five of her teammates were also named to the EWFC all-star team.

Baliga, who dropped only two bouts out of 20 throughout the day, found herself on the losing end of a fence-off for first place with Steven's Briana Nieradka, who also had lost only two bouts during the round-robin competition. Joining Baliga on the epee first team all-star roster was Sarah Sofia, who placed fifth. Freshman epeeist Elizabeth Peters earned second team all-star recognition with an eighth-place showing. 

Jessica Poling, the lone foil representative for Haverford at the match, put forth a strong effort as she merited a spot on the second team all-star squad, by virtue of her sixth-place finish.

Junior Francesca Behling garnered sabre first team all-star honors as she led the squad with a fifth-place finish. Following closely behind was senior co-captain Kathryn Feldman, whose sixth-place showing earned her a second team all-star designation.  Feldman, who did not begin her fencing career until arriving at Haverford, becomes only the second fencer in program history without highschool fencing experience to achieve EWFC All-Star status- a feat first accomplished by sabriste Kelsey Cantwell in 2008.  Hoping to follow that same path is freshman Leslie Tjing, who won six bouts in her EWFC individual premiere.

Next Sunday, the women's fencing team will join the men's team at New York University, where they will compete in the second annual National Weapon Squad Championships. Facing off against 23 qualifying opponents, the majority of which will be NCAA Division I schools, the Fords will look to make their mark. Haverford was an automatic qualifier to the championship competition this year, having placed third in both women's foil and men's epee in 2011.