Nov. 13, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State fencing team competes at the Northwestern Duals Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Sports Pavilion and Aquatics Center in Evanston, Ill. The men’s squad, 6-0 this season, competes Friday and Saturday against Michigan, Detroit-Mercy, Michigan State, Lawrence, North Carolina and Johns Hopkins. The women’s team, also undefeated with six victories, will take on Lawrence, Fairleigh Dickinson, Temple and North Carolina beginning 8 a.m., Saturday.

13 To Compete
Fencers from 13 schools will travel to Evanston this weekend, including Ohio State, Temple, Fairleigh Dickinson, Michigan, Lawrence, Wayne State, North Carolina, Michigan State, Johns Hopkins, Detroit-Mercy, Cleveland State, Notre Dame and Northwestern. Six-of-13 squads finished the 2003 season ranked in the Top 25 – Notre Dame, the defending national champions, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 13 Temple, No. 15 Northwestern, No. 17 Wayne State and Johns Hopkins tied at No. 25.

Schedule Of Play
Friday, Nov. 14-

2 p.m.- Ohio State vs. Michigan
3 p.m.- Ohio State vs. Detroit-Mercy
4 p.m.- Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Saturday, Nov. 15-

1 p.m.- Ohio State vs. Lawrence
3 p.m.- North Carolina vs. Ohio State
4 p.m.- Johns Hopkins vs. Ohio State
8 a.m.- Ohio State vs. Lawrence
9 a.m.- Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Ohio State
10 a.m.- Temple vs. Ohio State
11 a.m.- North Carolina vs. Ohio State

Last Season at the Northwestern Duals
The fencing squad dominated at the Northwestern duals last season. On the women’s side, the Buckeyes defeated all of their opponents including Fairleigh Dickinson, 23-4, Lawrence, 26-1, North Carolina, 22-5 and Temple 17-10. The men downed North Carolina, 25-2, Wayne State, 25-2, Johns Hopkins, 22-5 and Lawrence, 26-1.

Recap of the OSU Duals
The Buckeyes hosted the OSU Duals Nov. 1 at the French Field House in Columbus, Ohio. Both squads reigned supreme and finished the meet undefeated with six victories. The men dominated all seven teams they faced, including Bowling Green, 25-2, Cleveland State, 26-1, Case Western Reserve, 26-1, Chicago, 26-1, Michigan State, 23-4, Northwestern, 26-1 and Purdue, 23-4. On the women’s side, Ohio State defeated Bowling Green, 27-0, Cleveland State, 27-0, Case Western Reserve, 26-1, Chicago, 27-0, Michigan State, 26-1, Northwestern, 20-7 and Purdue, 26-1.

Buckeyes Finish No. 4
The 2003 fencing squad finished the season No. 4 in the nation for the second-consecutive year. The Buckeyes posted 167 total points at the 2003 NCAA Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. Notre Dame placed first (182 points) at the event, followed by Penn State (179) and St. John’s (171). The men’s team closed the season with a 21-2 record, while the women posted a 20-2 mark.

Key Returnees
Key returnees for the 2003-04 Buckeyes include, Adam Crompton (So., Newark, N.J.), Alexander Law (So., Cincinnati, Ohio), Kitz Siebert (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.), Louise Bond-Williams (Jr., Gloucestershire, England), Alexandra Shklar (Sr., Jerusalem, Israel), Hanna Thompson (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.) and Metta Thompson (Rochester, N.Y.).

2004 Season at a Glance
Vladimir Nazlymov, in his fifth year at the helm of the Ohio State fencing team, expects his squad to challenge for the national championship. “This season I strongly believe that we are ready to be first (in the nation),” Nazlymov said. “Of course it is hard, but with (our returnees) and our new recruits we will be ready for anything.”

Crompton Claims Title
Sophomore Buckeye Adam Crompton claimed the national championship in men’s sabre at the 2003 NCAA Fencing Championships March 23 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Crompton defeated Ivan Lee Smith of St. John’s, 15-13, to capture Ohio State’s first gold medal since 1997.

Crompton and Rogers In Pan-Ams
Adam Crompton and Jason Rogers made an appearance in the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic as members of the United States fencing team. The U.S. team had its best-ever finish with a total of 11 medals, which marked the highest medal count among all competing nations. Rogers won the bronze medal in men’s individual sabre. Crompton and Rogers, both representatives on the U.S. men’s sabre team, helped to lead the team to a 45-30 gold medal victory over Venezuela.

Rogers and Shklar Earn Bronze
Buckeyes Jason Rogers and Alexandra Shklar each won the bronze medal match at the 2003 NCAA Fencing Championships March 23. Rogers won his medal in the sabre competition, while Shklar won her medal in epee.

World Championships
Four Buckeyes competed in the 2003 Junior/Cadet World Championships in Trapani, Italy. Adam Crompton finished seventh in individual men’s sabre while Hanna Thompson placed eighth in women’s foil. Jason Rogers and Metta Thompson helped lead the U.S. men’s sabre and women’s foil teams to a second and third overall finish.

Looking Ahead
The Buckeyes are back in action as they host the Ohio State Alumni meet Nov. 22 at the Steelwood Athletic Facility in Columbus, Ohio.