Maddox, Balbus Place in Top 10 at Temple Open
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The Johns Hopkins men's fencing team opened the season at the annual Temple Open and placed six fencers in the top 20. Senior captain Glenn Balbus and sophomore Ian Maddox led the way with top-10 finishes in the Foil.
Sophomore Denis Routkevitch led the four Blue Jays in the Epee, with a 14th place finish out of 80 fencers. He went 8-3 on the day and advanced to the table of 16. Sophomore Milan Patel placed 26th with a 5-5 record and classmate Max White finished in a tie for 38th with a 5-4 mark on the day. Competing in his first collegiate event, freshman William Snyder placed 44th after going 3-6.
In the Foil, Hopkins had seven fencers competing in a field of 77. Maddox led the contingent with a fifth place finish and an 11-1 record. He lost in the table of eight and was he was the second highest Division III fencer in the weapon. Also placing in the top 10 was Balbus, who went 9-1 and advanced to the table of 16 to finish in a tie for ninth. It is his third straight top-10 finish at the event. His eighth win of the day was the 200th (overall) of his career, as he finished the day with a 202-80 record (Foil & Epee). Sophomore Jared LeBron placed 12th with an 8-3 record after being eliminated in the table of 16 by Maddox. Sophomore Jun Choi finished just two spots back, in 14th with an 8-3 record. Freshman Solomon Polansky finished in a tie for 17th as he went 9-1 and senior Jonathan Mui took 19th place (7-3). Rounding out the Blue Jays contingent was sophomore Michael Pozin, who placed 26th with a mark of 6-4.
Hopkins had five fencers compete in the Sabre in a field of 75. Junior Daniel Dembner led the Blue Jays with a 22nd-place finish and a 7-3 record. Freshman Brian Huang followed right behind in 23rd, going 7-3 in his collegiate debut. Junior Patrick Rose went 6-4 and finished in 24th place, while sophomore Sandy Vingoe placed 28th with a 5-5 record. The eventual champion eliminated him from the competition. Sophomore David Austin rounded out the Sabre team with a 30th-place finish and a 6-4 record.