January 19, 1999

COLUMBUS – It’s been a month since the Ohio State fencing team competed in preseason competition and the squad is ready and waiting to perform at the Northwestern Dual Meets, Jan. 23-24.

The two-day competition takes place at Evanston, Ill., featuring nine schools. The men will compete on Saturday only, facing Cal-State Fullerton, North Carolina, Air Force and Northwestern. The women will face Fairleigh Dickinson and James Madison on Saturday and Air Force, Hollins, North Carolina, Northwestern, Temple and Cal-State Fullerton Sunday.

In Ohio State’s final preseason fencing meet, senior Yelena Kalkina led the way again, 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.”

Junior Yelena Kalkina took first in the foil at the Remenyik Open for the OSU fencing team this past weekend. The two-time All-American paced a women’s squad that posted some top performances in the annual event named for Ohio State head coach Charlotte Remenyik for her work with the Northwestern fencing program. Fane Groes tied for third in the foil and Sally Dowding finished sixth. Senior Spela Pirc notched a fifth-place finish in the epee. For the men, Joe Wernet was the highest finisher with a sixth-place finish in the sabre. Geoff Kane posted a ninth-place mark in the epee. Kane is redshirting this season and will serve as the team armorer.

Charlotte Remenyik came to Ohio State in 1978 to mentor the women’s 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 men’s and women’s teams, the first woman in the Midwest to coach both a sections of a varsity fencing team. Despite not having any scholarships for the men’s 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 country’s finest young duelists. Hungary, like other European countries, has maintained a strong fencing tradition, producing highly-motivated and technique-oriented competitors.