Chen Wins EWFC Sabre Title; JHU Places Second at EWFC Championship
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Score: Johns Hopkins-21, Vassar-6
Johns Hopkins-21, Haverford-6
Johns Hopkins-24, Hunter-3
Johns Hopkins-21, Yeshiva-6
Johns Hopkins-25, Drew-2
Johns Hopkins-26, CCNY-1
Stevens-14, Johns Hopkins-13
Records: JHU (15-3)
Location: Baltimore, MD Goldfarb Gym
The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women's fencing team took second place at the 2018 Eastern Women's Fencing Conference (EWFC) Championship, going 6-1 on in the team championship. In addition, seven Blue Jays medaled, led by sophomore Erin Chen, who won the Sabre title. The Blue Jays also captured the Foil and Sabre squad championships.
How it Happened Team Championship
Hopkins opened the championship with a 21-6 win over Vassar and a sweep of all three weapons. Chen led the Sabre squad (7-2) as she won all three of her bouts. The Epee squad won 6-3 behind sophomore Shivani Bisen, junior Jaynie Criscione and freshman Shaina Morris earning two wins each. Freshman Brooke Stanicki and sophomore Katherine Xiang each went 3-0 to lead the Foil squad to an 8-1 win.
The Blue Jays followed with a 21-6 win over the Haverford Fords, again sweeping all three weapons. Morris and Bisen combined for six wins to lead the Epee squad (8-1). The Foil squad (6-3) was led by Stanicki, who won all three of her bouts. And the Sabre squad grabbed a 7-2 win with Chen and sophomore Alicja Tomaszewski each winning three bouts.
In round three, Hopkins beat Hunter 24-3 with another sweep of the three weapons. Freshman Michele Lan led the Epee squad (8-1) with an undefeated round (3-0). The Foil squad went unbeaten with senior Elizabeth Konopacki and junior Rebecca Rosenthal going 3-0 each. The Sabre squad also grabbed a 9-0 win with Chen, sophomore Natalie Martinez and freshman Rebecca Zhou combining for the nine wins.
Hopkins defeated Yeshiva, 21-6, in round four with a win in all three weapons. Morris went undefeated and clinched the Epee's 5-4 win with her win in the ninth and final bout. Konopacki, junior Kiera Wolfe and Xiang each won two bouts to lead the Foil squad to a 7-2 win. The Sabre squad went unbeaten again, fueled by Tomaszewski, Zhou and Martinez.
The Blue Jays then beat the Drew Rangers by a 25-2 score and a sweep of the weapons. Chen and Martinez each won three bouts to led the Sabre squad to an 8-1 win. Morris and Criscione turned the same trick for the Epee squad. And the Foil squad won by a 9-0 score, thanks to Stanicki, Xiang and Rosenthal.
Round six saw Hopkins grab a 26-1 win over CCNY. Tomaszewski, Zhou and junior Shiaomeng Tse combined to lead the Sabre quad to a 9-0 win. Morris, Bisen and Lan did the same for the Epee squad. Rosenthal and Wolfe each went 3-0 to lead the Foil squad to an 8-1 win.
In the final round of the afternoon, Stevens edged Hopkins 14-13 to grab the team title. Chen won all three of her bouts as the Sabre squad won 6-3. Xiang also went 3-0, including winning the ninth and final bout to clinch the Foil squad's 5-4 win. The Epee squad dropped a 7-2 decision with Criscione and Morris each earning a win.
How it Happened Individual Championship
In the Epee, Morris won her first-round match, 15-8, over Erin Heller of Drew. She then lost in the quarterfinals to Julie McEldoon of Stevens, 12-11. In the other half of the draw, Bisen lost in the first round to Yeshiva's Batsheva Lasky, 15-12.
In the Foil, Rosenthal opened with a 15-5 win over Hannah Contreras of CCNY. She then lost to Hanna Kopits of Haverford, 15-10, in the quarterfinal round. Xiang beat Tasnim Halim of Hunter, 15-3, in the first round. She followed with a 15-14 win over Vassar's Sophie Blumenstock. Rosenthal's run ended in the semifinals with a 15-5 loss to Lydia Segal of Drew.
In the Sabre, Chen opened with a 15-5 win over Lilia Hutchinson of Vassar. She followed with a 15-8 defeat of Drew's Emily Huber. In the semifinals, Chen beat Tomaszewski 15-9 to advance to the finals. She then grabbed her second straight title with a 15-10 defeat of Zhou. Tomaszewski beat Rose Parker of Vassar, 15-2, in the first round. She then beat Michelle Drobish, 15-5, in the quarterfinals before falling to Chen. On the other half to the draw, Zhou defeated Michelle Rangel of Hunter, 15-6, in the first round. She followed with a 15-5 win over Natalya Shcherban of Drew and a 15-14 win over Annie Innes-Gold of Vassar.
What it Means
Hopkins won the EWFC Foil title for the fifth time and first since 2014. The Blue Jays' Sabre title is their second straight and fifth overall.
Chen repeats as EWFC Sabre champion and is just second in school history to win multiple Sabre titles.
Bisen and Rosenthal each earned Second Team All-EWFC honors. Xiang, Zhou, Tomaszewski, Morris and Chen all earned First Team All-EWFC honors. In addition, Chen earned Fencer of the Year honors in the Sabre.
Rosenthal now has 176 career wins to rank fourth in school history among Foilists. Xiang now ranks sixth with 159 career Foil wins.
In the Sabre, Chen now ranks fifth with 177 career wins while Tse now ranks sixth with 157 wins.
Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, February 24 at the Temple Invitational in Philadelphia, PA.