Jan. 19, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – For the first time in two years, the St. John’s men’s and women’s fencing squads will compete in front of the Red Storm faithful on Saturday, Jan. 21, beginning at 10 a.m. hosting the St. John’s Fencing Invitational at Taffner Field House. The Red Storm will host five programs that have all been crowned national champions: Columbia, Harvard, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State.
The six illustrious fencing programs set to compete have won 26 of the 27 Co-ed team NCAA Championships since it became a Co-ed sport in 1990. The Nittany Lions have claimed 13 of those national titles, while Columbia is the two-time defending national champion.
Last season, these schools finished in six of the top seven places at the 2016 NCAA Championship and boasted all six individual national champions.
At the 2015 St. John’s Fencing Invitational, Harvard won on the men’s side with a 4-1 record, while in the women’s competition Columbia went a perfect 5-0 to bring home the title. Yevgeniy Karyuchenko and Cooper Schumacher collected 15 wins together and Andras Nemeth notched nine victories in the men’s foil contest.
Margaret McDonald, a veteran from Atlanta, Ga., led the way with nine triumphs on the women’s side, while Veronika Zuikova and Ally Ryf combined for 10 wins in the women’s epee competition. The Red Storm men finished in sixth place and the women placed fourth at the 2015 St. John’s Fencing Invitational.
In the lone invitational they have competed in this season, the Johnnies went 9-3 at Brandeis as Ferenc Valkai and Mathilda Taharo each went a stellar 17-1 in the men’s and women’s saber competition, respectively.
The Johnnies will have a quick turnaround before taking a short trip to the NYU Invitational (hosted by Columbia) to battle with Columbia, Notre Dame, NYU and Wayne State on Sunday, Jan. 22.
For more information regarding the St. John’s Fencing Invitational check out the tournament central link listed at the top of the page.