The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s fencing team closed out the 2016-17 season at the NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday, March 11. Competing just one week after winning a record 29th MACFA Championship, the youth-filled Blue Jay roster had several solid performances and top 20 individual finishes.
• In a 33-man draw in the Epee, the Blue Jays had two individuals finish in the top 20 and all four entries placed in the top 27.
• Freshman Tiger Gao closed his impressive rookie campaign with an 11th-place showing. The top Division III finisher in the weapon, Gao advanced to the finals and posted an 8-13 record on the day. His ninth-place showing is the highest for a Johns Hopkins fencer at the NCAA Regional in the Epee since 2014.
• The Blue Jays also proved the second and third-highest finishing Division III entries in the Epee as junior Denis Routkevtich placed 19th overall and sophomore William Snyder was 22nd. Both advanced to the second round.
• Junior Sandy Vingoe moved into the third round and placed 17th overall in a field of 35 competitors. He was the top Division III fencer in the weapon and was joined in the top 25 by seniors Patrick Rose (22nd) and Daniel Dembner (25th). Rose advanced to the second round and was third overall among Division III entries.
• A total of 36 entries included four Blue Jays, two of which placed in the top 25. Sophomore Solomon Polansky advanced to the second round and placed 22nd overall, while freshman Jake Joram got his first taste of the NCAA Regional and earned a 25th-place finish.
Among the Leaders
• Rose finishes his career ranked 16th in school history in career victories (244) in all weapons and sixth overall in the Sabre.
• Vingoe moved into 11th place in Hopkins history with 212 career Sabre wins. He is also tied for 26th among all weapons in career wins.
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