Sean White Places Second, St. John's Fencing Finishes Sixth at NCAA Championships

Sean White
Sean White
March 25, 2018

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Closing out the 2018 NCAA Fencing Championships, Sean White placed second in epee and was named a First Team All-American as the Red Storm finished in sixth place as a team on Sunday afternoon.

Notre Dame (185 points) won its second-straight NCAA title, followed by Columbia (170 points), Ohio State (147 points), Penn State (137 points), Harvard (129 points) and St. John’s (124 points).

The sixth-place finish marks the 26th-straight year of the illustrious program placing sixth or better at the NCAA’s and eight Johnnies earned All-American honors under the guidance of Head Coach Yury Gelman.

After taking home gold at the NCAA Regional and a stellar 39-11 record during the regular-season, White kept the momentum going in the epee tournament. The senior went 16-7 in pool play to earn the No. 3 seed in the final four. Facing Issac Shelanski of Yale, the Manassas, Va., native held off the No. 2 seed to collect a 15-13 victory and advanced into the finals.

In the championship round, White trailed Marc-Antoine Blais of Ohio State, 7-4, but rallied to even the bout at seven. Blais then went on to win three of the next five touches as time ran out and White finished in second after falling, 10-9. White shattered his previous high at the NCAA Championships following a 23rd place finish in 2015. The veteran joined Veronika Zuikova as the duo of Johnnies to finish in second and garnered First Team All-American accolades.

Freshman Ferjani Fares was impressive all weekend on the piste, despite being just a rookie as he placed sixth in saber and earned Second Team All-American honors. Fares went 15-8 and outscored his opponents by 27 touches. Also in saber, Ben Natanzon finished inside the top 12 to garner All-American accolades as the junior tallied 13 victories at the NCAA Championships.

Fencing in his final NCAA’s, Curtis McDowald placed in the top 10 in men’s epee to for his second-ever All-American honors. The New York native registered 12 triumphs and outscored his foes by eight touches.

The reigning NCAA foil champion Andras Nemeth struggled to get it going as he came in 14th place with 10 victories.

St. John's Men’s Individual Results/Records from the 2018 NCAA Fencing Championships

Men’s Saber

Ferjani Fares – 6th place – Second Team All-American, 15-8
Ben Natanzon - 12th place – Third Team All-American, 13-10

Men’s Epee
Sean White – 2nd place - Silver medalist, First Team All-American, 17-8
Curtis McDowald - 10th place – Third Team All-American, 12-11

Men’s Foil
Andras Nemeth – 14th place, 10-12




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