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Fencing: Irish open 2011-2012 season at Penn State

Observer Staff Report | Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Irish kicked off their campaign for the national title this weekend at Penn State’s Garrett Open in State College, Penn.

The women were in action Saturday and had a host of solid finishes. Junior Lian Osier had the best result in the saber competition and finished in fifth place. In the epee, two Irish freshmen placed as Nicole Ameli took 14th while Channing Foster finished 21st.

Freshman Maddy Ziess had the best finish of the weekend, taking bronze in the women’s foil. Senior Radmila Sarkisova, junior Grace Hartman and sophomore Adriana Camacho also had strong performances in the women’s foil, finishing 12th, 13th and 15th, respectively.

The men’s portion of the contest began Sunday. Three Irish fencers placed in the top 10 of the men’s saber: Sophomore Kevin Hassett finished sixth, while junior Jason Choy finished seventh and senior Keith Feldman finished 10th.

The Irish aren’t back in action until Dec. 9, when the North American Cup for Division 1 teams begins.