Johns Hopkins Places Three in Top 10 at Penn State Garret Open
• Location: State College, PA • The White Building
• The Short Story: Being the only Division III team at the annual Penn State Garret Open didn’t stop the Johns Hopkins men’s fencing team from placing three fencers in the top 10 on Sunday.
How it Happened • Foil
• Sophomore Adam Katwan led the Foil squad with an 8-9 record and a 19th place finish, out of 34 fencers. He went 4-2 in the first round of pool play and then 3-3 and 1-4 in the second and third rounds. Sophomore Jake Joram finished in 22nd place with a 4-13 record. He went 1-5 in the first round and followed that with a 3-3 record in the second. Joram then went 0-5 in the third and final round before direct elimination.
• Senior Jared LeBron went 3-14 on the day and placed 24th overall. He won one bout in the first round and then two in the second. In the third and final round, LeBron went 0-5. Junior Solomon Polansky finished one spot behind LeBron with a 3-9 record. He opened pool play with a 2-4 record and then went 1-5 in the second round.
• Freshman Eashan Gupta finished in 29th place with a 1-10 record. He went 0-5 in the first round and then 1-5 in the second. Senior Ian Maddox took 31st place with a 3-8 record in the first two rounds. He won three of his six bouts in the first round but then went 0-5 in the second.
How it Happened • Epee
• The Epee squad was led by senior Denis Routkevitch, who placed fifth out of 32 fencers, and finished with an 11-6 record. He finished pool play with a 10-5 record, including an unbeaten 5-0 third round. In direct elimination play, he won his first bout but then lost to ninth-seeded Gabe Canaux (Columbia) in the quarterfinals.
• Sophomore Tiger Gao finished just two spots back with a 12-5 record. He went 11-4 in pool play, winning four bouts in each of the first two rounds. In the elimination draw, Gao won his first bout and then lost to Porter Hesslegrave (Columbia) in the quarterfinals.
• Senior Matthias Philippine went 11-7 on the day and finished in eighth place, the third Blue Jay to place in the top 10. He was 10-6 after pool play and won his first bout in direct elimination. Philippine then lost to third-seeded Adrien Thein-Sandler (Harvard), the eventual winner.
• Senior Lyle Poisson finished in a tie for 17th place with a 6-10 record. He won two bouts in each of the three rounds of pool play and just missed advancing to the direct elimination round. Junior William Snyder placed 26th as he went 4-7 in the first two rounds. He won two bouts in each of the first two rounds and did not advance to the third round.
• Freshman Neel Maddineni took 28th place as he went 4-6 on the day. He won three of his five bouts in the first round but just one in the second and did not advance. Senior Milan Patel placed 30th with a 2-10 record as he went 1-5 in each of the first two rounds.
How it Happened • Sabre
• Freshman Vance Wood led the Sabre squad as he finished in 17th place, out of 30 fencers. He won two bouts in each of the three rounds of pool play, but just missed out on advancing to direct elimination.
• Senior Sandy Vingoe placed 19th overall as he also finished with a 6-9 record. He won two bouts in the first round and then three in the second. Vingoe then went just 1-4 in the third and final round of pool play. • Junior Brian Huang finished in 27th place after going 1-9 in the first two rounds of pool play. Freshman Jake Desman took 28th place as he went 0-10 in the first two rounds.
What it Means
• LeBron moved into 19th place on the program’s all-time Foil wins list as he now has 162 career wins.
• Routkevitch moved up to seventh in program history and now has 181 career wins. Philippine is now tied for 17th in school history with 145 career wins.
The Records • Epee
• Tiger Gao • 12-5 (7th)
• Neel Maddineni • 4-6 (28th)
• Milan Patel • 2-10 (30th)
• Matthias Philippine • 11-7 (8th)
• Lyle Poisson • 6-10 (T-17th)
• Denis Routkevitch • 11-6 (5th)
• William Snyder • 4-7 (26th)
• Hopkins will travel to Haverford on November 18 for the Dan Arnstein ’09 Invitational.