Dec. 3, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. – The Red Storm men’s and women’s fencing teams went undefeated at the Brandeis Invitational in Waltham, Mass. on Sunday, Dec. 2, extending the program’s streak of sweeping the event to four-consecutive years. The men’s team went 5-0, defeating MIT, Yale, Brandeis, Brown, and Boston College, while the women went 6-0, sweeping those same schools as well as Cornell (which only has a women’s team).
Junior Anna Limbach and seniors Evgeniya Kirpicheva and Sean Buckley started off the season in style, posting a perfect winning percentage on the day. Limbach (women’s saber) went 18-0, while Buckley (men’s saber) and Kirpicheva (women’s foil) both went 15-0.
The women’s foil squad collected the most wins, while yielding the least amount of losses in the event with a combined 47-7 record. Kirpicheva’s 15 wins led the squad, but classmate Irina Koroleva (12-2 record) and freshman Marta Hausman (13-2 record) did not finish too far behind. Sophomore Melissa Corona subbed in often throughout the day and posted a 7-3 record. In its first matchup, the squad went a perfect 9-0 against MIT and did not allow the Engineers to register a single touch.
Women’s epee also surpassed the 40-win mark, going 42-12 on the day. Junior Alina Ferdman went 17-1, posting the second-most wins on the entire team. The B and C fencers Zsofia Fath and sophomore Isis Washington both recorded double-digit wins, posting 12-3 and 12-4 records, respectively. Freshman Situ Wang subbed in for five bouts and went 1-4.
Limbach – a bronze-medalist at last year’s NCAA Championships – led the women’s saber squad and the entire team in wins with 18. Despite being without freshman Margaret McDonald, who competed at the Dormagen World Cup this weekend, the women’s saber squad outscored the opposition in all six matchups. Junior Alexandra Tannous posted a 13-5 record, which is her highest single-event wins total since the 2010-11 Brandeis Invitational. Freshman Naomi Cho fenced in 18 bouts and recorded one win.
The men’s saber squad, which is currently without a C fencer, also outscored its opponents in every matchup. Buckley’s 15 wins led the men’s team, while redshirt senior and 2012 Olympian Daryl Homer went 14-1 in his return to the squad. As for a C fencer, a different member of the men’s foil squad was rotated into the mix for each matchup. Junior Eli Schenkel went 3-2 in his debut in men’s saber, while classmates Max Blitzer and Wilfred Curioso both went 0-3. Freshman Michele Caporizzi fenced in four saber bouts and went 1-3.
That same quartet of men’s foil fencers fared much better in their own specialty as the squad posted a combined 36-9 record, outscoring the opposition in all five matchups. In their St. John’s debuts, freshman and 2012 Olympian Race Imboden went 13-2 and classmate Caporizzi went 7-1. Curioso was third on the squad in wins (6-1 record), while both Schenkel and Blitzer posted five wins apiece. Schenkel went 5-2, while Blitzer went 5-3.
Men’s epee, which is without a fencer with NCAA Championship experience in the weapon, stepped up to post a 31-14 combined record and outscore its opponents in four of its five matchups. Senior Adam Watson led the squad with a 12-3 record, while junior Andrew Dobbie, who fenced in just 40 bouts last season, went 11-4. Freshman Trevor Shepard went 8-7 in his St. John’s debut.
The Red Storm will not compete as a team until the St. John’s Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 26, but will send representatives to both the December and January North American Cups, which take place from Dec. 7-10 and Jan. 18-21, respectively.
Below is a summary of results from the Brandeis Invitational:
Men vs. MIT: W, 21-6 (MS: 7-2, MF: 8-1, ME: 6-3)
Men vs. Yale: W, 15-12 (MS: 6-3, MF: 5-4, ME: 4-5)
Men vs. Brandeis: W, 21-6 (MS: 5-4, MF: 8-1, ME: 8-1)
Men vs. Brown: W, 17-10 (MS: 6-3, MF: 6-3, ME: 5-4)
Women vs. Cornell: W, 19-8 (WS: 5-4, WF: 8-1, WE: 6-3)
Men vs. Boston College: W, 26-1 (MS: 9-0, MF: 9-0, ME: 8-1)