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Fencing won another dual championship this weekend, extending its remarkable run of form.

In what proved to be an eventful weekend, women’s fencing captured its third Ivy League title in four seasons and its first stand-alone title since 2015. Meanwhile, men’s fencing shared the Ivy League title for a fifth year in a row, this time with Harvard and Penn.

The Light Blue is competing at the championships with a full squad for the first time this season, and the effect was immediate, as both the men’s and women’s squads went undefeated on the first day of round-robin play.

The women’s squad started the tournament on Saturday with a one-sided victory over Cornell, winning 24-3, before posting victories against Princeton and Brown. The win against Princeton was a rematch of last year’s final bout, where the Lions lost the Ivy League title in a heartbreaking 14-13 loss. This time, the Lions took revenge with a decisive 19-8 victory, which also saw women’s foil go 8-1.

The men’s squad also posted a win against Princeton, as it went 16-11 in its first match of the day. In their final match on Saturday, the men breezed past Brown, dropping only six bouts in the process.

On Sunday, the men’s squad lost its first match of the championship, falling to Harvard 16-11. However, subsequent victories against Yale and Penn ensured that the team would share a slice of the Ivy League title, this time with Harvard and Penn.

Meanwhile, the women’s side continued to dominate into Sunday’s round robins, dropping only a combined 21 bouts against Harvard, Yale and Penn. Its undefeated record across the weekend meant that it was the stand-alone Ivy League champion for the ninth time in the program’s history and the first time since 2015.

The Lions will next compete during Wednesday’s Historical Meet, fencing against Vassar, NYU, and Sacred Heart. The NCAA Northeast regionals will follow, beginning on March 11.

chituga.weli@columbiaspectator.com | @CUSpecSports

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