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Aug. 10, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four members of the Ohio State fencing program will represent their home countries this week at the Summer University World Games in Izmir, Turkey. The United States, which sent only an epee squad, features Buckeye Christian Rivera, while OSU’s Boaz Ellis (foil) will compete for Israel, Siobhan Byrne (sabre) will fence for Ireland and former Buckeye Louise Bond-Williams (sabre) will compete for England.

Rivera (Jr., Bloomfield, Mich.), Ellis (Jr., Moshav Zippori, Israel) and Byrne (So., Eislingen, Germany) helped lead Ohio State to a runner-up finish at the 2005 NCAA Championship. Rivera, Ellis and Bond-Williams (Gloucestershire, England) helped the Buckeyes capture the national championship in 2004.

“Being selected to represent your country at these games is a great honor,” Terrence Lasker, Ohio State assistant coach, said. “No matter what country they are representing, they also represent The Ohio Sate University, which shows the caliber of athletics program we have here at OSU.”

Had the U.S. assembled a full team representing all three weapons, several other Buckeyes also would be competing at the Games this week. Among them are three OSU fencers, Jason Rogers (Sr., Los Angeles, Calif.), Adam Crompton (Sr., Newark, N.J.) and Hanna Thompson (Gr., Rochester, N.Y.), who last month were named by the United States Fencing Association to represent the U.S. at the 2005 Senior World Championships in Leipzig, Germany, in October.

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