captain Sarah Danly
MEDFORD - For Tufts University’s varsity women's fencing team, last year was a transition. A new coaching staff and excellent senior captains brought big changes to the team. In Head Coach Ariana Klinkov's first season coaching the Tufts team, victories exceeded past wins.
This year, the fencing team expects more. New organization and strong captains create excellent chances for the team. Last year the fencing team sent several fencers to NCAA Regionals. This year they expect to send more and for some of the fencers to qualify for NCAA Nationals.
Klinkov expressed excitement for the upcoming season.
"It is a very different schedule from past years," she said. "We are beginning the season with an especially challenging NCAA multi-meet and will use this as an indicator of where we are and what we need to improve."
Senior team captain Sarah Danly (Potomac, MD) helped the squad prepare for this quick start by concentrating on drills and footwork during optional practices in the pre-season.
The team expects to fence significantly better than in the past this season. The coaching staff brings excellent skill and experience and dedicated captains are determined to see progress. This translates to stronger fencers and an enthusiastic, committed team.
The sabre squad brings the team talent and experience. Coach Klinkov stated, "We are looking to [sabre fencers] Sarah Danly, Julia Hisey (Carlisle, MA) and Briana Smith (Waxahachie, TX) to lead the team with some strong results."
After graduating two of its seniors last year, both strong fencers and team captains, and losing one member to studying abroad, the epee squad will be an uncertain factor. Sophomore squad captain Laurel Hutchison (San Francisco, CA) will lead the mainly first-year squad. Katharine Lynch (Centereach, NY), a first-year epeeist, is highly rated and expected to perform well.
In foil, Coach Klinkov expects first-year Simone Feldman (Brookline, MA) to post some strong results along with teammates Eva Parish (Westford, MA) and Isabella Connelly (Eliot, ME).
As a whole, the team expects to meet goals for training, experience and results over multiple seasons as Coach Klinkov builds up and strengthens the fencing program at Tufts. With stronger fencers coming into the program, the possibilities for the team continue to grow.
The transition period is over. The time for strong results and better fencers is now.