January 9, 2017

Ohio State Fencers Take Two Medals in January NAC


Jan. 9, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After four days of competition, members of the Ohio State fencing team completed a strong performance at USA Fencing’s January NAC. The Buckeyes collected two medals along with six finishes in the top-20.

Women’s saber fencers opened competition on Friday, with Alexa Antipas finishing in 15th place and Sarah Merza finishing in 17th. On Saturday, the Buckeyes claimed two medals and another top-20 performance from women’s foilist Eleanor Harvey (1), Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger (3T) and Lewis Weiss (9). Women’s epeeist Eugenia Falqui claimed a sixth place finish on Sunday, and teammate Emma von Dadelszen finished close behind in 10th in Sunday competition. Fares Arfa closed out the competition on Monday with a tie for 13th place in men’s saber.

Thirty current Buckeyes participated in the NAC, along with a few Buckeye fencing products. Celina Merza, currently a volunteer coach with the team, placed sixth in women’s saber. Women’s foilist Mona Shaito finished tied for 11th place.

Up next, the Buckeyes will travel to New York, N.Y., for St. John’s Duals on Jan. 21.

January NAC
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
Jan. 6-9


Women’s Saber

15 – Alexa Antipas
17 – Sarah Merza

Women’s Foil
1 – Eleanor Harvey
20 – Alanna Goldie
138T – Morgan Mzhen
144T – Alexa Laskaris

Women’s Epee
6 – Eugenia Falqui
10 – Emma von Dadelszen
90 – Caira Moreira-Brown
101 – Ashley Hahn
118 – Natalia Falkowski

Men’s Saber
13T – Fares Arfa
53 – Andrew Herczak
89 – Hector Florencia
93 – Henry Fisher

Men’s Foil
25 – Stas Sudilovsky
28 – Julien Baneux
64 – Liam Smith
112 – James Hu

Men’s Epee
3T – Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger
9 – Lewis Weiss
26 – Oliver Shindler
118T – Nicolas Pouliquen
170 – Iñaki de Guzman
199 – Michael Saari
309 – Abraham Coull