Jan. 24, 2001

Up Next
The Ohio State fencing team will travel to State College,Pa. for the Penn State Dual Meets. This meet will be one of Ohio State’s strongest this season.

The Penn State Dual Meets
The Ohio State fencing squad will face strong competition and is excited about competing.

“We are looking forward to the competition even though Notre Dame is the only team competing from the Midwest,” Coach Yelena Kalkina said. ” We would like to be competing against more teams form our region who we could possible face in the NCAA Regionals.”

“Penn State, Stanford and St.John’s will be our strongest opponents in the NCAA Championships and we look forward to their competition.”.

Northwestern Duals
The women’s squad struggled against formidable competition at the Northwestern Dual Meets Jan. 20-21,winning 1of 9 matches. The women did not compete with a foil team because of injuries on the team. Alexandra Shklar (Fr.,Jerusalem,Israel) fenced extremely well, capturing a 25-0 record

The men’s squad had an impressive showing, finishing 7-0. Geoff Kane (Sr.,Vancouver,Wash./ColumbiaRiver) and Alan Jones (So.,Ft Leonard Wood,Mo./Waynesville) both posted 19-2 records.

NAC Open Recap
The Ohio State fencing team competed in their final preseason meet at the NAC Open Jan.13 and 14 in Greenville, S.C. Alexandra Shklar (Fr., Jerusalem, Israel), representing Israel, captured a first-place finish in women’s foil. Representing Georgia, Colin Parker (Fr., Fayetteville, Ga./The Heritage School) posted a third place finish in men’s saber. Following Parker was Kitz Siebert who placed 17th in men’s saber.

Other top Buckeye finishers include Guy Loftin (So. Overland Park, Ks./Banstow) who placed 63rd in. men’s saber. Alan Jones (So., Ft Leonard Wood, Mo./Waynesville) who finished 42nd in men’s epee and Spencer Jones (Fr., Ft, Leonard Wood, Mo./Waynesville) who placed 68th in men’s epee. Sara Bowen (Sr. Trenton, Ohio/ Edgewood) finished 38th in women’s saber.

The Come Back Kid
Fane Groes (So., Copenhagen,Demark/Vordingborg) suffered an injury to the ACL in her left knee and under went surgery Sunday Jan. 7. Groes was expected to be out for the remainder of the season. Much to the surprise of the coaching staff and Groes, she has planned to compete at the Duke Dual Meets Feb 9.

Groes has not practiced much but feels her recovery is going smoothly and she will be ready to compete.

Groes earned an automatic berth to the 2000 NCAA Championship, placing seventh. She has earned All-America honors in women’s foil the past two seasons and posted a first-place finish at the Midwest Conference Championships.She also led the women’s foil squad last season with a mark of 97-12.

OSU Brings New Talent
OSU will add a new Buckeye to its strong field of fencers.

Alexandra Shklar (Fr., Jerusalem, Israel) will compete in women’s epee. Shklar has placed first in national competition for Israel since 1997. She captured a bronze medal at the World Championships in 1998 and at the World Cup in 1999. Shklar placed sixth at the 2000 World Cup.

The OSU Coach
Head coach Vladimir Nazlymov began his quest to develop the Ohio State program last season. Nazlymov led the men’s team to a 14-8 record and the women’s squad to an 18-8 mark. He also guided two Buckeyes, Fane Groes and Geoff Kane, to All-America status.

Before coming to Ohio State, Nazlymov spent eight years as the head coach for the Kansas City, Mo., School District where he designed and developed an Olympic-caliber fencing program.

From 1986-1988 Nazlymov served as the USSR National Team’s head coach. The USSR went on to win the gold medal at the 1986 World Championships and silver medals at the 1987 Worlds and 1988 Olympics

Nazlymov was the head coach of the Soviet Union Military Fencing team from 1976-1990. He guided his students to two Olympic gold medals and 12 World Championships, as well as eight European Championship crowns.

Competing for the Soviet Union, Nazlymov was a three- time Olympic Champion (1968, 1976, 1980). He earned the Olympic silver medal in 1972 and 1976, while notching the Olympic bronze medal in 1972.

Recapping 1999-00
Last season, the Ohio State fencing team, under then-first year head coach Vladimir Nazlymov, placed 12th at the NCAA Championships. The men’s squad posted a record of 14-8, while the women were 18-8 overall. The men’s squad placed third at the Midwest Championships, while the women finished second.

The Schedule
The Buckeyes will travel to face many of the top teams in the nation this season. One of the squad’s toughest weekends will be the Penn State Dual Meets, Jan. 29-30, 2001. The host Nittany Lions won the NCAA national championship last season, while Notre Dame and St. John’s tied for second place.

The Buckeyes will compete at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships Feb. 24-25. Last season the squad placed third, behind Notre Dame and Northwestern. The season ends with the NCAA Regionals in Detroit, Mich., March 10 and the NCAA Championships, March 21-25 at Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis.