Jan. 10, 2001

%^$This Week
%^$The Ohio State fencing team will travel to Greensville, S.C. to compete in the North American Cup Open. This will be Ohio State’s final preseason meet.%^$

%^$The NAC Open
%^$The North American Cup is open to fencers of every age and nationality. The Ohio State fencing squad will face strong competition and is excited about competing.%^$

%^$”It’s a very competitive open,” Coach Yelena Kalkina said. “Many of our fencers have already competed in this kind of event, but in order to progress and become better fencers they must fence in more opens like this one. It gives them variety and exposure to stronger competition.”%^$

%^$All-America honoree Fane Groes (Sr.,Copenhagen, Demark/Vordinborg) will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ACL in her left knee. Groes suffered the same injury to her right knee before last season. She under went surgery Sunday, Jan.7.%^$

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

%^$OSU will add a new Buckeye to their strong field of fencers.%^$

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

%^$The OSU Coach
%^$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.