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Public Affairs : Fencing Team collects 27 medals

Fencing Team collects 27 medals in competition

Staff Reports

WEST POINT, N.Y. (March 28, 2013) -- The Fencing Team won a record 27 medals at the Southern Atlantic Conference Championships, March 23-24, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Class of 2015 Cadet Marvin Hargraves took home the gold for the first time in Men’s Epee after defeating his opponent from the U.S. Naval Academy in the final round of competition.

The Men’s Epee Squad led by Hargraves with teammates Class of 2013 Cadet Mark Owens and Class of 2013 Cadet Dave Maynor finished second place for the day—the highest finish for the squad.

Class of 2016 Cadet Blake Gordon also brought home the gold for the first time in Men’s Sabre defeating rival Navy. Gordon and his teammates Class of 2014 Cadet Dom Casinelli and Class of 2016 Cadet Zach Leonard finished second as a squad. The Men’s Foil squad finished in second place after a tough match with University of Virginia, sending Class of 2013 Cadet Jeff Nielsen and Class of 2016 Cadet Andrew Wiggins to the individual finals where they both medaled—finishing 3rd and 6th respectively. Class of 2015 Cadet Harry Donahue also competed for the Foil Squad.

The Women’s Team also had their impressive rack up of accomplishments. Class of 2014 Cadet Alexandria Rodgers led her women’s epee squad to their second consecutive conference championship win over University of Pittsburgh, and with Class of 2015 Cadet Tessa Knight, sent both Rodgers and Class of 2015 Cadet Elizabeth Judd to the individual finals where they finished 3rd and 2nd respectively.

Class of 2014 Cadet Darcy Parks won her first medal at the championships, winning bronze, and then leading her women’s sabre squad of Class of 2015 Cadet Alexis Blair and Class of 2016 Cadet Jamie Whitaker to a 3rd place finish over Virginia Tech. Women’s Foil was led by Class of 2013 Cadet Leah Fynaut and finished in 7th place after defeating the University of Miami.

The photos above were taken during a West Point competition in January. File photos