PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Johns Hopkins men’s fencing team faced a tough field at the 2016 Elite Invitational on Saturday, a field that contained two-time defending NCAA Champion Columbia. The Blue Jays went 0-5 against a field that included three teams that were ranked in the top 10 at the end of last season.
How it Happened
• Johns Hopkins opened the day with a 21-6 loss to NJIT. The Highlanders swept all three weapons in the win. Freshman Adam Katwan picked up the Blue Jays’ lone point in the Foil. Junior Denis Routkevitch won two of his bouts in a 6-3 loss by the Epee squad. And in the Sabre, senior Daniel Dembner and junior Sandy Vingoe each won one bout as the squad fell 7-2.
• Hopkins then dropped a tough 18-9 loss to Princeton, ranked seventh in last season’s final poll. The Foil squad lost 6-3, with junior Jared LeBron, sophomore Solomon Polansky and freshman Jake Joram each winning one. In the Sabre, junior Will Stanton and sophomore Brian Huang won one bout each.
• In the next round, the Blue Jays lost 24-3 to the host Quakers of Penn, ranked third at the end of last season. Joram, Routkevitch and Dembner each won one bout for Hopkins.
• Hopkins then fell to Yale, 17-10, with the Bulldogs sweeping all the weapons. LeBron, Katwan and junior Ian Maddox each won one bout as the Foil squad lost 6-3. In the Epee, junior Max White and freshman Tiger Gao grabbed two wins apiece in a tough 5-4 loss. And in the Sabre, Vingoe won all three of his bouts as JHU lost 6-3.
• JHU closed out the day with a 20-7 loss to Columbia, winners of the last two NCAA Championships. The Foil squad lost 6-3 with one win each from Maddox, Joram and Polansky. In the Epee, sophomore William Snyder earned the Blue Jays’ lone point. Vingoe led the Sabre squad with two wins, while Huang also won a bout.
• Johns Hopkins returns to action on Friday, November 18 at the Columbia Invitational.