“Unfinished”: Fencing seniors struggle to find closure after COVID-19 erases chance at second straight national title
This is the second edition of “The Season That Could Have Been,” Spectator’s series on spring 2020 sports.
A decade in athletics: After multiple national crowns, the NCAA podium is an expectation for fencing
Over the past five years, three of the fencing teams atop the national podium were clad in light blue. The Lions are not only regulars at the NCAAs, but also almost always in contention for the championship. Led by head coach Michael Aufrichtig, who heralds a strong “team first” philosophy, Columbia has produced numerous stellar individual fencers as well as three shining national champion teams over the past ten years....
Columbia fencing battled through an extended day of competition, with some athletes fencing as many as 23 bouts, in order to secure 11 qualifications for the national tournament. But as men’s épée struggled, the Lions fell just short of the desired 12 qualifications that would have made for a full roster at Nationals....
A glance at the Olympic fencing roster would tell anyone that New York is a hub for the best fencers in the United States. But while one influential member of the fencing community has spent much of his journey in New York, his story begins in Shreveport, Louisiana....
Just three days after a successful Ivy League Championships, fencing continued its winning streak to overtake NYU, Sacred Heart, and Vassar at home for the George Kolombatovich Historical Meet on Feb. 12....
Women’s fencing clinches third consecutive Ivy League title, men finish with close runner-up performance
Fencing is not generally considered a team sport. But for the Columbia Lions, it is. Fencing is a screaming sport. For the Lions, it’s that, too.
After coming up short at St. John’s Super Cup, the fencing team rallies for a successful Penn Invitational
After fencing faltered against five top-ranked teams in the country at the St. John’s Super Cup on Jan. 18, the Lions bounced back to achieve considerable success at the Penn Invitational the following day....
After winning its third NCAA championship in five years last March, the Columbia fencing team met President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday morning. The Lions were invited to attend alongside over a dozen other national championship teams in recognition of their victories....
The Columbia University fencing team won its fifth co-ed team national championship, making it the team’s third title in the past five years.
Fencing picked up three victories on Friday evening, defeating NJIT, Stevens, and Johns Hopkins in the annual Columbia Invitational.