Women’s and Men’s Fencing Unveils Class of 2024

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Harvard women's and men's fencing welcomes five members in its incoming class of 2024: Claire Beddingfield, Greta Candreva, Ever Marinelli, Emily Vermeule, and James Liao.

The incoming first-years will join an already successful Crimson team that returns eight fencers. In the 2019-20 season, Harvard posted a 16-11 record and placed fourth at the Ivy League Round Robins in February. Five Crimson fencers qualified for the NCAA Championships in Detroit before the season was cut short by the NCAA and Ivy League.

On the men's side James Liao will join a team that won the Ivy League championship outright in 2019-20 and posted a 20-3 record. Harvard returns 11 fencers including six who qualified for NCAA Championships before the season was cancelled by the NCAA.

With the combination of the returning veterans and the talented class of 2024, both Crimson women and men look to continue their success on the strip.

Meet the Class of 2024:

Claire Beddingfield | Weapon: Epee | Pacific Palisades, Calif. | Marlborough School
Competed for LAIFC for 10 years…Four year All-Academic first team USFA…Four year All-American first team USFA…Won gold individual juniors, team juniors and bronze in Cadet at 2018 Junior Olympics…Placed 11th at 2018 Cadet World Juniors in Veronca, Italy…Won gold at 2017 European World Cup Cadet: Klagenfurt, Austria…Won silver at 2017 European World Cup, Cadet: Espoo, Finland…Named to Marlborough School Hall of Fame in 2020…Volunteered at Fie's Donate Your Fencing Gear…Fundraiser for Grigoryan Fencing School…Volunteered for 10+ years at Children's Skin Disease Foundation Camp Wonder…Four year recipient of Marlborough Head of School List/Academic Achievement Award…Two year California Scholarship Federation winner…Two Time AP Scholar Award recipient…Sister to current Harvard fencer Catherin Beddingfield '22.

Greta Candreva | Weapon: Epee | Katonah, N.Y. | Somers High School
Four year member of New York Athletic Club women's epee team…Six year member of USA Cadet International Circuit Squad…Five year member of USA Junior International Circuit Squad…Three year member of USA Senior International Circuit Squad…Individual bronze medalist at 2019 Junior World Championships in Torun, Poland…Team bronze medalist at 2017 Junior World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria…Fourth place team finish at 2019 Junior World Championships in Torun, Poland…Fifth place mixed team finish at 2017 Cadet World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria…Seventh place team finish at 2018 Junior World Championships in Verona, Italy…10th place individual finish at 2019 Cadet World Championships in Torun, Poland…25th place individual finish at 2016 Cadet World Championships in Bourges, France…Received 33 gold medals, 15 silver medals and 14 bronze medals all-time between National and International stage…14 quarterfinal appearances all-time between national and international stage…14 round of 16 appearances all-time between national and international stage…Three time Somers High School Advisory Board student representative…Four time High Honor Roll honors…Published author in On My Mind 2017 edition…Two year volunteer at International Fencing Federation's "Donate Your Fencing Gear"…Volunteer at United for the Troops fundraiser.

Ever Marinelli | Weapon: Foil | San Francisco, Calif. | San Francisco University High School
Fenced for 10 years at San Francisco Fencers Club…Two year captain of San Francisco University High School's varsity fencing team…Two time All-City Individual Champion…Two time League Team Champion..Made it to round of 16 at 2019 North American Cup in Kansas City, Mo….Quarterfinalist at 2019 Junior Olympic National Championships in Denver, Colo…Advanced to round of 16 at 2019 Junior World Cup in Zagreb, Croatia …Quarterfinalist at 2018 North American Junior Cup in Kansas City, Mo….Advanced to round of 16 at 2018 Junior World Cup in London, England…Quarterfinalist at 2018 Division One National Championships in Richmond, Va….Made it to round of 16 at 2017 Division One North American Cup in Portland, Ore….Quarterfinalist at 2017 Cadet North American Cup in Kansas City, Mo….Gold Medalist at 2017 Junior North American Cup in Kansas City, Mo….Quarterfinalist at 2017 Cadet North American Cup in Anehiem, Calif….Quarterfinalist at 2017 Junior North American Cup in Salt Lake City, Utah…Quarterfinalist at 2017 Cadet North American Cup in Salt Lake City, Utah…Quarterfinalist at 2017 Division One National Championships in Baltimore, Md….Bronze Medalist at 2016 European Circuit in Cabriés, France…Volunteered for four years of Community Service with Summerbridge Organization.

Emily Vermeule | Weapon: Epee | Cambridge, Mass. | The Winsor School
Fenced nine years at the Olympia Fencing Center…Member of the 2018 USA Cadet Team…Two year member of USA Junior Team…Silver medalist at 2018 Cadet World Championships in Verona, Italy…Placed fifth at 2019 Junior World Championships in Torun, Poland…Bronze medalist at 2018 Junior World Cup in Luxembourg, Luxembourg…Gold medalist at 2019 Division One North American Cup…Bronze medalist at 2019 Division One North American Cup in Charlotte, N.C….Placed fourth at Junior Team World Championships in Torun, Poland…Recipient of 2019 Ruth Sabine '24 Award for Excellence in Writing…Father, Adrian, is a  Harvard College '90 graduate.

James Liao | Weapon: Foil | Basking Ridge, N.J. | Ridge High School
Member of 2019 USA Cadet men's foil team…Placed 17th at Cadet And Junior World Championships in Torun, Poland…Quarterfinalist at 2017 Cadet North American Cup in Anaheim, Calif….Advanced to round of 16 at 2018 Division One North American Cup in Milwaukee, Wisc….Quarterfinalist at 2018 Cadet North American Cup in Milwaukee, Wisc….Quarterfinalist at 2018 Junior North American Cup in Kansas City, Mo….Made it to round of 16 at 2018 Cadet North American Cup in Kansas City, Mo….Bronze medalist at 2018 Cadet World Cup in Moedling, Austria…Finished in the round of 16 at 2019 Junior North American Cup in Charlotte, N.C….Silver medalist at 2019 Cadet World Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia…Bronze medalist at 2019 Junior Olympic National Championships Cadet Denver, Colo….Advanced to round of 16 at 2019 Junior Olympic National Championships Junior in Denver, Colo….Placed in the round of 32 at 2019 Junior World Cup in London, United Kingdom…Finished in the round of 32 at 2019 Junior World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand…Quarterfinalist at 2020 Junior Olympic National Championships Juniors in Columbus, Ohio…Six time High Honor Roll honors…Two year tutor for A-Sharp Learning Center.