Fencers shine on east coast
Annika Herko | Tuesday, January 24, 2023
This weekend, Notre Dame Fencing had two meets on the east coast. The first was at St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York where the men’s team finished 3-2 and the women went 5-0. The men’s two losses came against Ohio State and Columbia. Notre Dame performed well in foil and sabre, but struggled to keep pace against those opponents in epee. Philip Dority (foil) and Luke Linder (sabre) went 3-0 in bouts against Columbia to try and get Notre Dame back into the match.
The Irish had decisive wins over Penn State, Harvard and St. John’s. Stephen Ewart (epee), Sean Moon (sabre), Maruan Osman-Touson (epee), Jonathan Hamilton-Meikle (epee), Marcello Olivares (foil) and Alexandre Lacaze (sabre) all went 3-0 in at least one bout during the tournament. The women’s team went undefeated in Jamaica. Their smallest margin of victory was three (against Columbia) but they beat Harvard by 21 points. Eszter Muhari (epee) and Kara Linder (sabre) went 3-0 in three matches. Amanda Pirkowski (epee) went undefeated in two. Amita Berthier (foil), Miriam Grady (epee), Sedna Gandhi (epee), Paige Luong (sabre), Jadeyn Williams (sabre), Atara Greenbaum (sabre), and Rebeca Candescu (foil) all went 3-0 in one match. Between the two teams in all their matches, they went 43 for 81 in one-touch bouts and 16 for 27 in overtime. The men’s team clinched, when they won, on average, in 21 bouts. The women’s team clinched on average in 20.4 bouts.
The second meet was at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The women’s team finished 3-2 in this tournament, losing to Yale in their first match and Columbia in their last,
each by 1. The men’s team also went 4-1 with their only loss coming against Princeton. Noah Silvers (epee) went 3-0 in that match for the Irish. Kaylin Sin Yan Hsieh (epee), Berthier, Muhari, and Greenbaum all went 3-0 in two matches while Jane Caulfield (foil) went 3-0 in the women’s toughest match of the weekend against Columbia (between the two tournaments, Columbia and Notre Dame went 1-1 against each other).
Hamilton-Meikle and Silvers each got three 3-0 bouts. Osman-Touson went 3-0 in two matches. Dority, Olivares, George Bivins (sabre), and Nick Candela (epee) all went 3-0 in one bout. In the match against Penn, Notre Dame went 9-0 in bouts for epee.In the second tournament, for both teams, Notre Dame went 34 for 63 in one-touch bouts and 9 for 17 in overtime. The men’s team clinched, when they won, on average, in 21.5 bouts. The women’s team clinched on average in 20 bouts.
The Notre Dame Fencing program will host a tournament this upcoming weekend called the Decicco Duals. Students are encouraged to come watch in the Joyce Cetner.
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