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Johns Hopkins Men's Fencing Season Preview

Junior Solomon Polansky.
Oct. 27, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins men's fencing team is slated to open its 77th season on Sunday at the 38th annual Temple Open. Led by head coach Austin Young, entering his 15th season at the helm, the Blue Jays return 14 letterwinners from last year's squad that went 19-13 and won the MACFA Championship.

Key Returners • Epee
Senior Denis Routkevitch, junior William Snyder and sophomore Tiger Gao return to lead the Epee squad in 2017-18. Gao led the squad and ranked third overall on the team with 74 wins. Routkevitch ranked second with 68 wins and counts 163 in his career. Snyder won 53 bouts to finish in third among the Epeeists. The Blue Jays did not graduate anyone from the Epee squad, which led Hopkins with a 61.2 win percentage.

Key Returners • Foil
Junior Solomon Polansky and sophomores Jake Joram and Adam Katwan return from a young Foil squad that won nearly 61 percent of its bouts last season and did not graduate anyone. Katwan led the way with 75 wins, while Polansky won 62 and Joram won 50.

Key Returners • Sabre
The Sabre squad lost 414 wins with the graduation of Daniel Dembner and Patrick Rose. Returning to lead the squad this year are senior Sandy Vingoe and junior Brian Huang. Vingoe led all Blue Jay fencers with 76 wins and boasts 212 for his career. Huang ranks second among returning Sabrists with 29 wins last season.

Tournament Time
Hopkins opens the season with back-to-back individual tournaments at Temple (October 28) and Penn State (November 4). Last season, Chen placed sixth and Tomaszewski placed eighth at Temple. Gao led the Blue Jays at the Temple Invitational a year ago with a sixth-place finish in the Epee. Katwan also posted a top-10 finish as he placed seventh in the Foil. Live results can be found here.

By the Numbers
3.52 • Members of the Johns Hopkins men's fencing team combined to post a 3.52 GPA last spring. Eleven members of the team posted a 3.5 GPA (or better) in the spring and two returners -- Solomon Polansky and Denis Routkevitch posted a 4.00 in the spring.
15 • Head coach Austin Young enters his 15th season with the Blue Jays. With 258 wins at the helm, he is the second winningest coach in program history.
17 • Johns Hopkins has won 17 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association Foil titles
25 • Johns Hopkins has won 25 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association Epee titles -- more than any other team in MACFA history.
26 • Johns Hopkins has won 26 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association Sabre titles -- more than any other team in MACFA history.
48 • Johns Hopkins fencers have won 48 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association individual championships (15-Foil, 17-Epee, 16-Sabre).