Harvard Crimson fencing

The Harvard Crimson fencing team is the intercollegiate fencing team for Harvard University located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The team competes in the Ivy League within the NCAA Division I. The university first fielded a team in 1888.

Harvard Crimson fencing
Harvard Crimson logo.svg
First season1888
Home stadiumMalkin Athletic Center
LocationCambridge, Massachusetts
LeagueNCAA Division I
ConferenceIvy League
National Titles2006
RivalriesColumbia Lions fencing
All-Americans73 [1]
Fight songTen Thousand Men of Harvard
MascotHarvard Crimson


Harvard founded the first collegiate fencing team in the United States in 1888.[1] The team has captured seven individual NCAA titles.

Eli Dershwitz (saber) was the seventh Harvard fencer to compete in the Olympics when he fenced for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with the prior two having been Emily Cross '09 (Team USA; she won a silver medal in team foil) and Noam Mills '12 (Team Israel; épée), who both competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[2][3] Cross and Mills were the first Harvard University female fencers to qualify for the Olympics.[4][5]

Notable former fencersEdit

Harvard's Athlete of the Year RecipientsEdit

Harvard's Athlete of the Year Runners-UpEdit


  • Eli Dershwitz, Under-20 World Saber Champion, US Olympic saber fencer, #1 in the world in saber as of July 2018.
  • Noam Mills, Junior World Champion and Israeli Olympic épée fencer.

Student admission controversyEdit

On November 16, 2020, former longtime Harvard Crimson fencing coach Peter Brand was arrested and charged under federal law with accepting over $1.5 million in bribes to arrange for the two sons of Maryland business Jie (Jack) Zhao to be admitted to the university as fencing recruits.[10][11][12] Zhao was arrested and charged with making the bribes as well.[11][13] In 2016, Zhao paid $1.5 million and also acquired Brand's previous home in 2016 for $989,500.[12]


NCAA Championships Individual WinnersEdit

NCAA Championships OverallEdit

  • 2006 Champions[1]

IFA Championships Individual WinnersEdit


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  3. ^ ""Rio Bound! Dershwitz Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Team with Gold Medal in Seoul" - Harvard".
  4. ^ ""Noam Mills" - Harvard".
  5. ^ "Harvard fencer Emily Cross to represent U.S. in Beijing," Harvard Gazette.
  6. ^ "FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Emily Cross | Sports | The Harvard Crimson". www.thecrimson.com.
  7. ^ "MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Benjamin Ungar | Sports | The Harvard Crimson". www.thecrimson.com.
  8. ^ "MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR RUNNER-UP: Hagamen Edges Three-Time Finalist for National Title | Sports | The Harvard Crimson". www.thecrimson.com.
  9. ^ "FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR RUNNER-UP: Sophomore Reigns Supreme in Sabre | Sports | The Harvard Crimson". www.thecrimson.com.
  10. ^ Korn, Melissa (November 16, 2020). "Former Harvard Fencing Coach Charged in Admissions Bribery Case" – via www.wsj.com.
  11. ^ a b Cote, Jackson (December 7, 2021). "Former Harvard University fencing coach Peter Brand indicted after authorities say he accepted more than $1.5 million in bribes from Maryland businessman". MassLive.com. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  12. ^ a b Associated Press (November 16, 2021). "House Sale Leads To Arrest Of Ex-Harvard Fencing Coach Peter Brand In $1.5M Bribes Scheme". WBZ-TV. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  13. ^ Jaschik, Scott (November 23, 2021). "Ex-Fencing Coach at Harvard Arrested for Bribery". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  14. ^ "Women's Fencing -This is Harvard Fencing". gocrimson.com.
  15. ^ "Adrienne Jarocki - Harvard".
  16. ^ "Notre Dame Dominates NCAA Championships," fencing.net.
  17. ^ "Eli Dershwitz - Harvard".

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