March 28, 2010
Boston, Mass. -
Daryl Homer and Marat Israelian each captured individual NCAA championships and were two of five STJ fencers to earn All-America status during the final day of competition at the NCAA Championships on Sunday. The Red Storm finished second overall with 182 points, trailing only defending national champion Penn State, who finished with 191 points.
Homer went 20-3 in sabre competition on the day to earn the second seed in the final bracket, where he defeated Notre Dame's Avery Zuck, 15-10. He then beat Daniel Bak of Penn State by the same score, to win the championship.
In the epee, Israelian finished 19-4 to earn the first seed in the final bracket. He beat Dwight Smith of Columbia in the first bout, 15-9 and then defeated Peter French of Air Force, 14-10.
In addition to Homer and Israelian, Sean Buckley, Alexis Landreville and Nicholas Vomero also earned All-America status.
Buckley finished eighth with a record of 14-9 in the men's sabre, Landreville went 12-11 to place 10th in the foil, and Vomero followed Israelian in the epee, finishing 15-8 and in fifth place.
Women's competition concluded on Friday evening, when five St. John's women earned All-America Status. 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.
Last season, the Red Storm finished sixth at the NCAA Championships led by Homer and Wozniak who finished second and third, respectively. St. John's has not finished lower than sixth place in the nation since 1993. STJ has one national championship (2001) and now has five second-place finishes at the NCAA Championships (1995, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2010).