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January 28, 1999

COLUMBUS – After a solid start to the 1999 season last weekend at the Northwestern Dual Meets, the Ohio State fencing team returns to action this weekend at the Notre Dame Dual Meets in South Bend, Ind.

ABOUT THE NOTRE DAME DUAL MEETS– The two-day competition takes place at South Bend, Ind., featuring eight schools. On Saturday, the men and women will each battle Lawrence, Case Western Reserve, Chicago, Notre Dame and Cleveland State, while the men will also take on Northwestern. On Sunday, the teams will play Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Detroit, Tri-State and Wayne State.

BUCKS TOUGH AT NORTHWESTERN DUALS– In their first match of the 1999 season, the Buckeyes fared quite well at Northwestern. The OSU men took three out of four matches on Saturday, defeating Cal-State Fullerton, North Carolina and Air Force while falling to Northwestern. Senior Joe Wernet and sophomore Mike Dangler paced the Buckeye men as each posted 9-2 records. The women won eight of their matches in competition over the weekend. The Buckeyes defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, James Madison, Northwestern, North Carolina, Hollins, Air Force, Chicago and Cal-State Fullerton. The Buckeyes lone defeat came at the hands of Temple after the Buckeyes lost a tiebraker to the Owls due to the number of touches. Junior Yelena Kalkina led the Buckeyes with a 35-1 record, while sophomore Fane Groes was second on the squad with a 34-2 record.

BUCKS BATTLE AT NAC OPEN– In Ohio State’s final preseason fencing meet, Kalkina led the way, recording a fourth-place finish in the women’s foil at the NAC Open. “This was by far the toughest meet with the most competitors in which we have ever participated,” said head coach Charlotte Remenyik. Fane Groes finished 18th in the women’s foil and local standout Joe Wernet was the men’s top competitor, placing 77th in the sabre. “This is the second meet that Joe has led the men,” said Remenyik. “His finish was very good for him, especially considering the competition.”

HEAD COACH CHARLOTTE REMENYIK– Charlotte Remenyik came to Ohio State in 1978 to mentor the womens fencing squad with well over 20 years of fencing experience. It was evident from her inaugural season that she would become an integral part of the Buckeye fencing program. Remenyik produced back-to-back Big Ten runner-up seasons and a first-place regional finish her first two years at OSU. Immediately following that she was named head coach of the mens and womens teams, the first woman in the Midwest to coach both a sections of a varsity fencing team. Despite not having any scholarships for the mens teams, Remenyik has never had a losing season in her 20-year tenure at OSU. As the longest tenured coach, entering her 21st season at OSU, Remenyik brought to her coaching position a remarkable record of accomplishments as a competitor as well as a teacher. Born and raised in Hungary, she proved to be one of that countrys finest young duelists. Hungary, like other European countries, has maintained a strong fencing tradition, producing highly-motivated and technique-oriented competitors.