yale’s jacobson takes first ivy medal in beijing

U.S. fencer Sada Jacobson became the first Ivy Leaguer to claim a medal in Beijing, as the Yalie captured the silver in the women’s individual sabre at Day One of the Games.

Jacobson, who took home a bronze in the first-ever women’s sabre event four years ago in Athens, was defeated by fellow American Mariel Zagunis in the gold medal match. Becca Ward took the bronze, giving Team USA the sweep.

Both Zagunis and Jacobson are daughters of standout Ivy League athletes. Zagunis’ mother, Catherine Ann Menges Zagunis, was a Penn rower who participated in the 1976 Montreal Games. Jacobson’s father, David, was an All-American fencer at Yale in 1974.

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