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Stone Sisters Sweep Honors as Fencers Win Fourth Straight Ivy Title

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 03/03/2013
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The Princeton women's fencing team captured its fourth straight Ivy title Sunday.
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View highlights and an interview with Eliza and Gracie Stone here

Already, the Princeton women's fencing team was the first program to win three straight Ivy League titles since Yale in the late 1990s.

Sunday, the Tiger women pushed that history back a little further. Winning their 25th consecutive dual meet at the Ivy League round-robin, Princeton claimed the outright Ivy League title for the fourth straight year, becoming the first women's fencing program to win four straight Ivy titles since Penn won six in a row from 1983-88.

Those are the only two instances when a program has won at least four straight Ivy titles, a championship that began on the women's side in 1982.

On the individual level, the Stone sisters, freshman Gracie and senior Eliza, made the most of the one Ivy League meet in which they will compete for Princeton side-by-side. Eliza Stone went 16-0 and won the Most Outstanding Performer award, while Gracie Stone went 15-0 and was the Most Outstanding Rookie.

Eight Tigers earned All-Ivy League honors as the team combined to go 129-33 in their bouts on the way to a 6-0 record. No current Tiger has lost a team bout at the Ivy League meet, as Princeton has gone 6-0 annually since 2010 after winning their final dual in 2009 to start the 25-match streak.

Princeton swept the three first-team All-Ivy saber honors while also seeing freshman Anna Van Brummen earn first-team All-Ivy in epee. Eliza Stone became a three-time first-team All-Ivy honoree after earning second-team honors as a freshman, while the All-Ivy honor is the second for Diamond Wheeler after she was a second-team honoree in 2011.

Foilists Ambika Singh and Eve Levin and epeeists Katharine Holmes and Hannah Safford were second-team all-league honorees. Singh was a first-team honoree last year while sweeping the two Most Outstanding awards, and Levin was a second-team pick in 2011. Safford was a first-teamer in 2011 and 2012, while Holmes was a first-teamer last year.

The Most Outstanding Performer and Rookie awards began in 2011, and while Princeton didn't get either one that year, Singh's awards and those for the Stone sisters give Princeton four of the six total awards handed out since their inception.

Ivy League Women's Round-Robin Championship
Standings: Princeton 6-0, Columbia 5-1, Harvard 4-2, Brown 3-3, Cornell 2-4, Penn 1-5, Yale 0-6

Princeton 18, Columbia 9
Saber (8-1 Prin): E. Stone 3-0, Wheeler 2-1, G. Stone 3-0
Foil (5-4 Col): Levin 2-1, Gao 1-2, Singh 1-2
Epee (6-3 Prin): Holmes 2-1, Van Brummen 3-0, Safford 1-2
Princeton 19, Harvard 8
Saber (8-1 Prin): G. Stone 3-0, E. Stone 3-0, Wheeler 2-1
Foil (7-2 Prin): Singh 3-0, Levin 2-1, Gao 2-1
Epee (5-4 Harv): Safford 1-2, Holmes 0-3, Van Brummen 2-0, Ford 1-0

Individual totals:
Saber: E. Stone 16-0, G. Stone 15-0, Wheeler 13-3, Cichomski 4-0, Major 2-1
Foil: Singh 12-4, Levin 13-5, Gao 8-7, Yuh 3-0, Martin 1-1
Epee: Van Brummen 15-1, Holmes 11-5, Safford 11-6, Ford 5-0

All-Ivy League
First team: Gracie Stone (Saber), Eliza Stone (Saber), Diamond Wheeler (Saber), Anna Van Brummen (Epee)
Second team: Ambika Singh (Foil), Eve Levin (Foil), Katharine Holmes (Epee), Hannah Safford (Epee)

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