The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men's fencing team won its record 29th MACFA Championship on Sunday in a tightly contested championship in Baltimore. The Blue Jays also won the Epee and Foil Championships
How it Happened
Hopkins finished in a tie with NJIT with 102 total victories after the round robin competition. The tiebreaker came down to indicators (difference between touches scored and touches received). Hopkins won the championship based on its 300 total indicators, 43 more than NJIT.
The Foil squad won its 17 MACFA title with a total of 36 wins and 130 indicators. NJIT placed second with 36 wins and 112 indicators while Stevens finished in third with 32 victories.
Freshman Adam Katwan placed second in the A strip with a 12-2 record. He then finished tied for third overall after losing in the semifinal of the individual championship. Sophomore Solomon Polansky took second in the B strip at 12-2 and finished ninth overall. Junior Jared LeBron went 12-1 and won the C strip and then finished 11th overall.
The Epee squad won its record 25th MACFA title with 32 total wins. NJIT place second and Haverford finished in third.
Freshman Tiger Gao finished in third in the A strip at 10-4 and went on to finish tied for third. He lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion. Junior Denis Routkevitch placed second in the B strip with a 12-2 record and went on to finish sixth overall. Junior Matthias Philippine took second in the C strip with a 10-3 record and finished eighth overall.
The Sabre squad took third place with 34 wins. Haverford took the title with 36 wins and NJIT placed second with 35.
Senior Patrick Rose finished in seventh in the A strip with an 8-6 record and placed 12th overall. Junior Sandy Vingoe went 13-1, including the 200th win of his career, to win the B strip and finished ninth overall. Senior Daniel Dembner also went 13-1 and placed second in the C strip. He went on to finish in 15th overall.
What it Means
Rose is now tied for 17th in school history, among all weapons, with 241 career wins. He also ranks sixth in the Sabre in career wins and is five shy of moving into a tie for fourth. Vingoe moved into 12th place in Hopkins history with 206 career Sabre wins. He is also tied for 28th among all weapons in career wins. Routkevitch moved into ninth place in school history with 161 career Epee wins. LeBron moved into 22nd place in program history with 153 career Foil wins.
Johns Hopkins will compete at the 2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional on Saturday, March 11 in Easton, PA.