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Johns Hopkins Grabs Second Straight MACFA Championship

April 20, 2018

Jill Guise
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

The Basics
• Location: Easton, PA
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s fencing team won its 30th all-time MACFA Conference Championship on March 4 at Lafayette College. The Blue Jays also won the Epee and Sabre titles and placed four fencers in top three of their respective weapons.

How it Happened
• Hopkins won the Sabre championship with a combined record of 33-8. Junior Brian Huang and freshman Vance Wood finished in a tie for third while senior Sandy Vingoe placed sixth.
• The Blue Jays won the Epee with a record of 44-4. Sophomore Tiger Gao finished as the runner-up with a 15-2 record. Senior Denis Routkevitch took sixth place after going 15-1 and senior Matthias Philippine placed in the top 16 with a 14-1 record.
• Hopkins finished in third place in the Foil with a record of 38-10. Junior Solomon Polansky finished in a tie for third with a 15-2 mark on the day. Sophomore Jake Joram went 14-2 to place eighth and classmate Adam Katwan finished in the top 16 with a 9-6 record.

What it Means
• Hopkins wins its 30th MACFA Championship and fifth in the last six years. The Blue Jays also claim their 26th Epee title and 27th Sabre title.
• Gao posts his second straight top-three finish at the championships while Polansky placed in the top three for the first time in his career.

The Records • Epee (44-4)
Tiger Gao • 2nd (15-2)
Denis Routkevitch • 6th (15-1)
Matthias Philippine • 14-1

The Records • Foil (38-10)
Solomon Polansky • T-3rd (15-2)
Jake Joram • 8th (14-2)
Adam Katwan • 96

The Records • Sabre (33-8)
Brian Huang • T-3rd (10-2)
Vance Wood • T-3rd (11-3)
Sandy Vingoe • 6th (12-3)