2023-24 Wellesley Fencing News

Wellesley fencing's foil squad earned second at the NEIFC Championships on Saturday
Blue Fencing Places Fourth as a Team at NEIFC Championships; Foil Finishes Second

February 24, 2024

Wellesley College fencing earned fourth out of 16 teams in the three-weapon team competition at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference (NEIFC) Championships at MIT's Johnson Athletic Center on Saturday.

Edith Po '24 was named to the EWFC Woman of the Year team (Drew University Athletics)
Five Members of Blue Fencing Selected to EWFC All-Conference Team

February 20, 2024

Wellesley College fencing placed five team members on the EWFC All-Conference Team at last Sunday's Eastern Women's Fencing Conference (EWFC) Championships. Additionally, senior Edith Po (Bernardsville, N.J.) earned a spot on the EWFC Woman of the Year Team and junior Mia Chao (Washington, D.C.) received the All-Academic Team accolade.

Wellesley College fencing went 5-1 in team competition at the EWFC Championships (Drew University Athletics)
Wellesley Fencing Places Second in Team Competition at EWFC Championships

February 18, 2024

Wellesley College fencing went 5-1 as a team at the Eastern Women's Fencing Conference (EWFC) Championships at Drew University.

Phoebe Li '27 (Frank Poulin)
Blue Fencing Falls in Thriller with Brandeis, 14-13

January 30, 2024

Despite wins from foil and epee squads, Wellesley College fencing narrowly lost 14-13 against Brandeis University on Tuesday evening.

Lily Millard '26 (Frank Poulin)
Wellesley Fencing Goes Undefeated at Eric Sollee Invitational

January 27, 2024

Wellesley College fencing won all four of its matches, including a 15-12 win over Division III No. 4 New York University, at Brandeis University's Eric Sollee Invitational on Saturday.

Sharon Huang '26 (Frank Poulin)
Blue Fencing Defeats Division I No. 10 Northwestern at Tufts Invitational

January 14, 2024

Wellesley College fencing earned a victory over Division I No. 5 Northwestern with wins from the foil and epee squads at the Tufts Invitational on Sunday at Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center. In addition to earning a ranked Division I win, the Blue narrowly fell 14-13 to Division III No. 5 Tufts. The epee squad picked up a 6-3 win over the Jumbos. Epee's two-win day was led by seven victories from sophomore Grace Xu (Toronto, Ontario) and five from first year Alisha Li (Warren, N.J.). 

(Frank Poulin)
Wellesley Fencing Goes 4-2 at Brandeis Invitational; Foil and Epee Defeat Division I Cornell

December 03, 2023

Wellesley College fencing went 4-2 at the Brandeis Invitational with wins against Yeshiva University, Lawrence University, Drew University , and Long Island University on Sunday. Foil squad earned five wins on the day, including a 5-4 victory over Division I Cornell. Sophomore Gina Huang (Taipei, Taiwan) and first year Phoebe Li (Palo Alto, Calif.) both had 10 wins and first year Lauren Khoo (San Francisco, Calif.) contributed eight victories.

Left to Right: Grace Xu '26, Phoebe Li '27, Alisha Li '27 (Frank Poulin)
Xu, Phoebe Li, Alisha Li Earn Northeast Fencing Conference All-Stars Recognition

November 21, 2023

The Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) announced its Conference All-Stars in the varsity division for the 2023-24 season following the conclusion of the NFC Conference Meet this past weekend. Wellesley College fencing sophomore Grace Xu (Toronto, Ontario) was named to First Team in epee, first year Phoebe Li (Palo Alto, Calif.) made the First Team in foil, and first year Alisha Li (Warren, N.J.) earned Second Team honors in epee.

Grace Xu '26 (Frank Poulin)
Wellesley Fencing Earns a Pair of Wins at NFC Conference Meet No. 1

November 19, 2023

Wellesley College fencing earned a pair of wins over Sacred Heart and Vassar at the Northeast Fencing Conference Meet No. 1, hosted by Boston College on Sunday. The Blue were competitive against several ranked Division III teams and a few Division I teams.

Photo by Frank Poulin
Blue Fencing Finishes 4-3 at Vassar Invitational; Alisha Li Earns 16 Wins

November 12, 2023

Wellesley College fencing picked up wins over Haverford, Lafayette, Hunter, and Stevens as the team went 4-3 at the Vassar Invitational on Sunday. First year Alisha Li (Warren, N.J.) had a standout day, going 16-2 overall to help the Epee squad earn four wins. Sophomore Grace Xu (Toronto, Ontario) added 11 victories, including three wins against No. 7 ranked in Division III Denison.

Wellesley fencing was voted No. 4 in the USFCA Preseason Coaches' Poll (Frank Poulin)
Wellesley Fencing Ranked No. 4 in Division III by USFCA Preseason Coaches' Poll

October 31, 2023

Wellesley College fencing was voted No. 4 in Division III fencing in the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) Preseason Coaches' Poll released on Tuesday. New York University was the top ranked Division III fencing program, followed by Johns Hopkins in second, Brandeis in third, and the Blue in fourth. Princeton fencing was voted the top overall program in all divisions. 

Makana Burch '25 (Frank Poulin)
Wellesley Fencing Goes 4-1 at Shark Tank Challenge to Begin Season

October 22, 2023

Wellesley College fencing went 4-1 with wins over Drew, NJIT, Stevens and Rutgers on Sunday to open the season at the LIU Shark Tank Challenge.

Grace Xu '26, Coach Rob Charlton, Sharon Huang '26 (Frank Poulin)
Season Preview: 2023-24 Wellesley Fencing

October 20, 2023

Wellesley College fencing starts its season at the LIU Shark Tank Challenge on Sunday, October 22 at 10:00 AM. The link to the team's schedule can be found here.

Harrison Hue joins Wellesley College fencing as a sabre coach
Wellesley Fencing Welcomes Harrison Hue as Assistant Fencing Coach

October 18, 2023

Rob Charlton, Head Fencing Coach and Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (PERA), has announced the hiring of Harrison Hue as Assistant Fencing Coach at Wellesley College. Hue will work specifically with the sabre squad.

Sharon Huang '26 and Wellesley College fencing open the season at the Shark Tank Challenge on October 22 (Frank Poulin)
Blue Fencing Reveals 2023-24 Schedule

September 28, 2023

Wellesley College fencing and head coach Rob Charlton have announced the team's 2023-24 schedule. The Blue begin the season at the LIU Shark Tank Challenge hosted Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y. on October 22.

Wellesley Head Coach Rob Charlton Appointed to NCAA Fencing Committee
Wellesley Head Coach Rob Charlton Appointed to NCAA Fencing Committee

September 18, 2023

Rob Charlton, Head Fencing Coach and Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (PERA) Assistant Professor of the Practice at Wellesley College has been appointed as a member of the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Committee. Charlton’s term of service on the committee will run until August of 2027.