Princeton’s Maya Lawrence ’02 and Susannah Scanlan ’14 helped Team USA to a bronze medal in Saturday’s epee team competition. To win Bronze, the Americans edged Russia, 31-30, in a dramatic fashion as Courtney Hurley scored the winning touch in a sudden death bout. It marked the first women’s epee medal in U.S. history (women’s epee was added to the Olympics in 1996).
With the Bronze medals, Lawrence and Scanlan moved the Ivy League’s medal count to 14 (five Gold, four Silver, five Bronze) and won the League’s first medals outside of rowing.
The USA team, which also included Kelley Hurley, opened with a 45-35 win over Italy to book a place in the semifinals. In the semis, Korea bested the Americans, 45-36, to knock them into contention for Bronze where they triumphed over Russia. China beat Korea, 39-25, to take the Gold.
Sada Jacobson (Yale ’05), Emily Cross (Harvard ’09) and James Williams (Columbia ’07) were the last Ivy League fencers to medal at the Olympics. All fencing for the USA at the Beijing Games, Jacobson won a bronze in team sabre and added a silver in individual sabre, Cross took silver in team foil and Williams took silver in team sabre.