Jan. 18, 2018
• St. John’s Fencing Tournament Central
QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s men’s and women’s fencing programs will host their prestigious annual home invitational this Saturday, Jan. 20, at Taffner Field House beginning at 10 a.m.
The five illustrious schools St. John’s will fence against are Columbia, Harvard, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State. The six programs have combined to win 27 of the 28 team NCAA Championships since it became a Co-ed sport in 1990. Penn State has claimed 13 of those national titles, while Notre Dame is the defending national champion.
In 2017, these schools finished in six of the top seven places at the 2017 NCAA Championship and garnered five of the six individual national champions.
Last season, the Red Storm men’s fencing squad won the St. John’s invitational title with a 3-2 record behind 12 victories from the defending men’s foil national champion Andras Nemeth. A First Team All-American from 2017, Ben Natanzon also tallied 12 wins including a triumph over the eventual national saber champion Eli Dershwitz of Harvard.
The women’s team finished in sixth place, at the 2017 St. John’s Invitational, against fierce competition, but Karolina Cieslar and Veronika Zuikova led the way with a team-high 11 victories apiece. The Columbia women’s squad went 5-0 to bring home the title for the second time in the past three years.
The Red Storm dominated its lone team competition they competed in earlier this season with an 11-1 record at the Brandeis Invitational. The four men saber fencers who competed combined to go a team-best 48-6, while freshman Vincent Mindelof registered 17 wins and just one loss. Cieslar opened up her sophomore campaign in stellar fashion with a perfect 18-0 record in women’s saber at the Brandeis Invitational.
The Johnnies will have a quick turnaround as they head to Philadelphia for the University of Pennsylvania Invitational on Sunday, Jan. 21.
For more information regarding the St. John’s Fencing Invitational check out the tournament central link listed at the top of the page.