Nov. 20, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team wrapped up the 2011 Penn State Garret Open Nov. 20 by compiling 10 Top 10 finishers, including sophomore women’s epeeist Caroline Piasecka, who led the Scarlet and Gray with a second-place performance. The event featured competition from annual NCAA competitors Notre Dame, Princeton, Harvard, Penn, Yale, Northwestern, Temple and host Penn State, among others.

Piasecka finished second to only Marghertia Guzzi Vincenti of Penn State in women’s epee. Last season, Guzzi Vincenti reached the semifinals at the NCAA championships after winning a national title in 2010. Katarzyna Dabrowa, who joined Piasecka in the 2011 NCAA Championships, finished ninth for Ohio State. Mallory Norman took 29th, while Tasha Domashovetz and Laura Gurnowski rounded out the group at 43rd and 46th, respectively.

In women’s foil, freshman Mai Shaito took sixth. Teammate Allison Henvick finished 18th, classmate Nina Stackhouse took 30th and senior Isabella Bonello placed 32nd.

Margarita Tschomakova set the pace for the Scarlet and Gray in women’s sabre, placing ninth. Emily Cheng finished a spot outside the Top 10, taking 11th, while Chelsea Martinez placed 37th.

On the men’s side, six Buckeyes secured Top 20 finishes in epee, led by Dylan Walrond and Daniel Tafoya at fifth and ninth, respectively. Marco Canevari (11th), Ognjen Vesic (14th), Narayan Pathi (15th) and Igor Tolkachev (18th) joined Walrond and Tafoya in the Top 20. Freshmen Ari Richtberg and Jack McCormick placed 33rd and 42nd, respectively, while sophomore Kurt Lang finished 47th.

Ohio State showed success in men’s foil as well, as all five competitors finished in the Top 25, including three in the Top 10. Freshman Chris Colley led the group at fourth, followed closely by Zain Shaito at fifth. Colley’s classmates Bill Meyer and Robert Moore took ninth and 13th, respectively. Sophomore Andrew McDonald recorded a 24th-place finish.

Ewan Douglas, the lone men’s sabre fencer for the Buckeyes, placed ninth.

Ohio State continues its 2011 slate at the Kansas City, Mo., North American Cup Dec. 9-12. The Buckeyes begin team competition at the New York University Duals Jan. 21, followed by the St. John’s Duals Jan. 22.

Penn State Garret Open
Nov. 19-20, 2011
White Building – University Park, Pa.

Women’s Epee
2. Caroline Piasecka
9. Katarzyna Dabrowa
29. Mallory Norman
43. Tasha Domashovetz
46. Laura Gurnowski

Women’s Foil
6. Mai Shaito
18. Allison Henvick
30. Nina Stackhouse
32. Isabella Bonello

Women’s Sabre
9. Margarita Tschomakova
11. Emily Cheng
37. Chelsea Martinez

Men’s Epee
5. Dylan Walrond
9. Daniel Tafoya
11. Marco Canevari
14. Ognjen Vesic
15. Narayan Pathi
18. Igor Tolkachev
33. Ari Richtberg
42. Jack McCormick
47. Kurt Lang

Men’s Foil
4. Chris Colley
5. Zain Shaito
9. Bill Meyer
13. Robert Moore
24. Andrew McDonald

Men’s Sabre
9. Ewan Douglas