West Point fencers host annual invitational
Men's Team sweeps competition
By West Point Fencing Team
WEST POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 24, 2013) — The Men’s Fencing Team swept all opponents Jan. 19 at the annual West Point Fencing Invitational at Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center.
The win puts them at 3-0 for the season and are currently ranked second in the nation after defeating the 2012 National Champions University of Florida by a score of 21-6. The men also defeated Swarthmore, 22-5, and rival Hunter College, 18-9.
The Men’s Epee Squad, currently ranked No. 1 in the MAC Conference, was undefeated and both sophomore Marvin Hargraves (9-0) and senior Mark Owens (6-0) had no losses for the day. Hargraves is still the top-ranked athlete in epee in the conference. The Men’s Sabre Squad was led by freshman Blake Gordon who went 9-0 at his first home competition. In the Foil Squad, senior Jeff Nielsen was undefeated at 6-0, still the top-ranked athlete in the weapon of foil.
The Women’s Team went 4-2 at the invitational, defeating Swarthmore (18-9), University of Florida (20-7), Hunter College (22-5) and Queens College (19-8). The women only dropped losses to City College of New York (7-20) and Stevens Institute of Technology (6-21). All three weapon squads—sabre, epee and foil—finished at 4-2. The top athlete of the day over all opponents was junior Darcy Parks in Sabre with a record of 17-1. Junior Alexandria Rodgers was West Point’s top finisher in epee at 13-5 and senior Leah Fynaut in the Foil Squad set her own record going 11-7 over all opponents.