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Public Affairs : Fencing wins two national titles

West Point Fencing claims two national titles; 21 medals total 

Staff Reports

WEST POINT, N.Y. (April 11, 2013) — West Point fencers accumulated 21 medals and two U.S. Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs titles April 5-7 at the National Collegiate Club Championships at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

Led by Class of 2015 Cadet Marvin Hargraves who defeated the returning champion from Northwestern University by a score of 15-8, West Point Fencing captured its first national championship crown in the weapon of epee. The remaining men’s epee squad of Class of 2013 Cadets Mark Owens and Dave Maynor took 3rd place overall.

"Without the help of God, my teammates, coach and my family this accomplishment would not have been possible," Hargraves said. "Their continuous support allowed me to exceed my limits and push myself to my goal of first place at nationals. It was truly my honor to fence on behalf of all my supporters. I hope to continue to honor God and all those who believe in me as my fencing career has only just begun."

In Sabre, it was Class of 2016 Cadet Blake Gordon claiming the title; plus his teammates Class of 2014 Cadet Dom Casinelli and Class of 2016 Cadet Zach Leonard finished in 2nd Place—the highest national win for sabre as a squad.

The women’s team had impressive victories in Class of 2014 Cadet Darcy Parks, who tied for 2nd Place, also the highest finish for sabre; and Class of 2014 Cadet Alexandria Rodgers, who came in with a solid 3rd place finish—the highest for women’s epee.

The Fencing Team won a total of 21 medals at Nationals. In addition, the team returned as Gold Star Athletes, besting Navy in five out of six weapons and racking up more points than Navy at all times during the event. The Fencing Team was awarded the National Spirit and Sportsmanship Award by all coaches on the executive committee.

The Fencing Team had recently won a record 27 medals at the Southern Atlantic Conference Championships, March 23-24, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
The West Point Fencing Team members hoists trophies and medals in the air in the air all their medals in celebration of their success at Nationals April 5-6. Courtesy photos

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Cadets Zach Leonard, Blake Gordon and Dom Casinelli pose for a photo after the awards ceremony.

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Class of 2015 Cadet Marvin Hargraves is clearly enthused to be competing at nationals and helped the West Point Fencing Team earn its first national championship crown in epee. Photo by Alexandra Medard