Gao and Routkevitch Place in Top 10 at NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
• Location: Easton, PA • Kirby Sports Center
• The Short Story: For the first time in program history, the Johns Hopkins men’s fencing team placed two fencers in the top 10 in the same weapon at the NCAA Regional. Sophomore Tiger Gao placed fourth and senior Denis Routkevitch finished in ninth to lead the Blue Jays on Saturday.
How it Happened • Epee
• Gao was the top seed in the Epee heading into the regional and was exempt from the first round. He went 3-2 in the second round and then 2-3 in the third round. In the final round, Gao went 6-5 to finish in a career-best fourth place out of 36 fencers.
• Routkevitch was also exempt from the first round as the number 11 seed. He went 2-3 in round two, 3-2 in round three before going 4-7 in the fourth and final round. His ninth place finish is also a career best and is 10 spots better than his finish a year ago.
• Junior William Snyder won four of his five bouts in the first round and then went 0-5 in the second to finish in 23rd place. Senior Matthias Philippine placed 25th at the regional after going 3-2 in the first round.
How it Happened • Foil
• Sophomore Adam Katwan led the Blue Jays in the Foil with an 18th place finish, out of 36 fencers, and a 5-10 record. He opened the day with a 3-2 record in the first round and followed that with a 3-2 mark in the second. Katwan’s day ended after going 0-5 in the third round. His finish is a career-best and is 16 spots higher than his finish last season.
• Junior Solomon Polansky finished one spot behind Katwan with a 4-6 record. He went 3-1 in the second round and then 1-4 in the second. He finished four spots better than last year, his first year at the regional.
• Senior Ian Maddox went 2-3 in the first round to finish in 26th place. Sophomore Jake Joram, competing at his first regional, finished in 30th place with a 1-4 record. Freshman Eashan Gupta also went 1-4 and placed 32nd.
How it Happened • Sabre
• Junior Brian Huang led the Blue Jays with a 23rd place finish, out of 34 fencers, and a 2-7 record. He went 2-2 in the first round and then 0-5 in the second in his first trip to the NCAA regional.
• Senior Sandy Vingoe went unbeaten in the first round (4-0) but then went 0-5 in the second to finish one spot behind Huang. Freshman Vance Wood went 0-4 in the first round to finish in 33rd place.
What it Means
• This marks the first time in program history that two Blue Jays finished in the top 10 in the same weapon at the regional. It is the fourth time that Hopkins has had two fencers finish in the top 10 in any weapon and first since 2006. That year, Jimmy Einsiedler finished sixth in the Foil and Dan Zielinski finished fifth in the Epee.
• The NCAA Championship selections will be announced on Tuesday, March 13 at 1:00 pm.