Dec. 11, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - Nine Red Storm fencers competed at the Division I level at the December North American Cup in Milwaukee, Wis., which took place from Dec. 7-10, and three earned top-10 finishes. A total of 12 Olympians competed since the December NAC is a key qualifying tournament for the 2013 Senior World Championships.
St. John's fencing secured three of the top-eight spots in men's foil. Freshman Race Imboden placed first, winning the fourth gold medal of his Division I NAC career and second medal of the NAC season, while juniors Eli Schenkel and Max Blitzer placed seventh and eighth, respectively. The finishes are the highest of both Schenkel and Blitzer's Division I NAC careers.
In the gold medal event, Imboden defeated his 2012 Olympic teammate Miles Chamley-Watson, 15-10. In doing so, Imboden retained his No. 1 U.S. ranking in men's foil.
Sophomore Isis Washington placed 16th in women's epee, marking the fourth-highest St. John's finish at the event. The Parsippany, N.J., native tied her season-best finish in Division I NAC competitions as she also placed 16th at the October NAC.
Senior Adam Watson made his third top-25 finish of the NAC season, placing 25th in men's epee. During the NAC season, the Enosburg, Vt., native picked up a bronze medal and a top-10 finish.
Also in men's epee, freshman Trevor Shepard finished tied for 114th, while his squadmate, junior Andrew Dobbie, placed 116th. Red Storm alum Nicholas Vomero also competed in the event and finished 107th.
Freshman Margaret McDonald, who finished in the top-16 at the past two Division I NAC events, placed 37th in women's saber.
Senior Sean Buckley, who also has a pair of top-16 finishes in Division I NAC competitions this season, placed 43rd in men's saber.
A summary of the results can be found below:
Sean Buckley - 43rd place
Margaret McDonald - 37th place
Isis Washington - 16th place