MIKE McLAUGHLIN / COLUMBIA ATHLETICS
Twelve Columbia fencers earned All-Ivy honors off their performance at the championships. Among the women, Binder was joined by Iman Blow ’19 (foil) and Violet Michel ’20 (sabre) on the All-Ivy first team, while Katie Angen BC’18 (épée), Lena Johnson BC’18 (sabre), Ester Schreiber BC’20 (foil) and Giana Vierheller SEAS’20 (épée) made second team. On the men’s side, Sidarth Kumbla ’21 (foil) and Nolen Scruggs ’19 (foil) were named to the first team and Calvin Liang ’19 (sabre), Gabe Canaux ’18 (épée) and Porter Hesslegrave ’18 (épée) made second team.
Columbia’s women opened the round-robin Ivy League Championships by trouncing Cornell 24–3 and never looked back, posting a composite match score of 126–36 in sweeping their six rivals. The Lions opened the second day of the event against previously undefeated Harvard and registered a 19–8 victory, with the foil team of Binder, Blow, Schreiber and Quinn Crum ’19 posting a perfect 9–0 mark. Columbia then wrapped up the title by easily beating Yale 21–6 and Penn 20–7.
In the men’s competition, Columbia beat Princeton and Brown on opening day but dropped a 16–11 decision to Harvard to begin the second day of matches. But the Lions bounced back to beat Yale 20–7 and then defeated previously unbeaten Penn 15–12 to gain a share of the championship.
Columbia also participated in the NCAA Northeast Regionals in Waltham, Mass., on March 11, followed by the NCAA Championships in University Park, Pa., March 22–25.