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Seven Ivy League Fencers Qualify for Summer Olympic Games

24 Nov 2021 | 09:19 | Fencing

PRINCETON, N.J. – Seven former Ivy League fencing standouts have qualified to represent the United States at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo set to begin at the end of July.

Ivy League fencing has a storied tradition on the internal stage, boasting 125 Olympians all-time since 1904. Fencers own 14 of the League’s 475 total Olympic medals.

Harvard’s Eli Dershwitz, only the second U.S. men’s saber fencer to earn a No. 1 world ranking, qualified for the men’s saber team in March, 2020 prior to the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown. Dershwitz has been among the world’s top saber fencers since finishing 19th in his Olympic debut four years ago in Rio, when he was the youngest member of the United States fencing team.

Eliza Stone the 2013 NCAA National Champion, qualified for the U.S. women’s saber team. Stone will be competing in her first Olympic Games and was a bronze medalist at the 2018 world championships.

The US Women’s foil fencing team, which is ranked fourth in the world will be among the chief contenders to medal in Toyko. Columbia’s Nicole Ross and Jackie Dubrovich qualified for both the individual and team events. Ross can get ready for her second Olympic experience. The 32-year-old previously competed in London in 2012, finishing sixth with the team and 25th individually. Dubrovich, a three-time All-American, will be making her Olympic debut this summer.

Columbia’s Jake Hoyle earned a spot on the men’s epee team with his performance in Kazan, Russia. Hoyle, a two-time NCAA National Champion in epee, will be making his first Olympic appearance.

On the epee team, a pair of Princeton alumni in Kat Holmes and Anna Van Brummen. Holmes, a four-time All-American, made history in 2018 when she helped the U.S. epee team to win its first-ever senior world championship title. The U.S. women’s epee team has earned medals in two of the last three world cups prior the pandemic shutdown. Anna Van Brummen, the 2017 epee national champion, is the only Olympic newcomer on the team and will serve as the replacement athlete.

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