March 26, 2010
Boston, Mass. -
Five St. John's fencers earned All-America status and St. John's remained in first place in the team standings during the second day of competition at the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships at Harvard University.
Dagmara Wozniak and Evgeniya Kirpicheva each finished third, Sanne Gars nabbed fifth, Irina Koroleva placed ninth and Martyna Wieczorek finished tenth to earn the honor. All top-12 finishers at the NCAA Championships earn All-America status.
Wozniak had a record of 18-5 on the day in the women's sabre. She was the fourth seed in the final bracket, where she fell to second-place finisher Rebecca Ward of Duke, 15-7. She was followed in the sabre standings by teammate Wieczorek who went 13-10 on the day.
In the foil, Kirpicheva finished 19-4 to earn the fourth seed in the final bracket, but fell 15-8 to eventual national champion Columbia's Nicole Ross of Columbia/Barnard. Koroleva had a record of 12-11 in the event.
Gars posted a fifth-place finish in the foil with a record of 18-5, finishing ahead of teammate Tanya Novakovska who finished 13th to just miss All-America honors.
At the conclusion of the women's competition, St. John's has 92 total points and leads Notre Dame by one point. Notre Dame is followed in the standings by Penn State (90 points), Princeton (76) and Harvard (75).
The Red Storm will return to action Saturday morning at 10 a.m. as the STJ men open competition at the NCAA Championships. St. John's men will look to hold on to first place and help the Storm capture its first NCAA Championship since 2001. St. John's has not finished lower than sixth place in the nation since 1993.