Johns Hopkins Reclaims EWFC Championship
Johns Hopkins-26, Yeshiva-1
Johns Hopkins-16, Stevens-11
Johns Hopkins-26, Hunter-1
Johns Hopkins-20, Drew-7
Johns Hopkins-23, CCNY-4
Johns Hopkins-23, Haverford-4
Johns Hopkins-15, Vassar-12
• Record: JHU (23-13)
• Location: Poughkeepsie, NY • Walker Field House
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s fencing team won its sixth Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference (EWFC) Championship on Sunday with a 7-0 record in round robin competition at the 2017 championship. The Blue Jays reclaimed the trophy after finishing second at each of the two previous championships.
How it Happened • Team Competition
• Hopkins opened the day with a 26-1 win over Yeshiva in round 1. Sophomore Rebecca Rosenthal and freshman Katherine Xiang led the Foil squad (8-1) with a combined 6-0 wins. The sophomore Celine Shanosky, senior Katherine Couch and junior Mailys Vignoud led the Epee squad to a 9-0 win. Sophomore Shiaomeng Tse and freshmen Alicja Tomaszewski and Erin Chen did the same for the Sabre squad.
• Hopkins then beat Stevens, winners of the last two conference titles, 16-11. The Blue Jays grabbed wins in the Epee (6-3) and Sabre (7-2) to earn the win. Shanosky, Couch and Vignoud each won two bouts for the Epee squad. Chen then led the Sabre squad with a 3-0 round.
• The Blue Jays followed with a 26-1 win over the Hunter Hawks. Xiang and Rosenthal each went 3-0 for the Foil squad (8-1). Shanosky, Couch and senior Nastasia Winey led the Epee squad to a 9-0 round. Tomaszewski, Chen and freshman Natalie Martinez turned the same trick in the Sabre.
• Hopkins beat Drew, 20-7, in round four with a sweep of all three weapons. Rosenthal, Xiang and Wolfe won two bouts apiece to lead the Foil squad (6-3). Couch and Shanosky won all six of their bouts to lead the Epee team (7-2). Tomaszewski and Chen did the same for the Sabre squad (7-2).
• Hopkins then beat CCNY by a 23-4 score. Against the Beavers, Rosenthal and Xiang led the Foilists with a combined 6-0 record. Couch, Vignoud and Winey won two bouts each in a 6-3 win for the Epee squad. Tomaszewski, Tse and Martinez went a combined 9-0 for the Sabre team.
• The Blue Jays then beat the Haverford Fords by the same 23-4 score. Rosenthal led the Foil squad (6-3) with a 3-0 record. The Foil squad went 9-0 thanks to Shanosky, Couch and Winey. Chen and Tomaszewski each went 3-0 in the Sabre (8-1).
• Hopkins ended the day and secured the team trophy with a 15-12 win over host Vassar. The Blue Jays claimed wins in the Epee (6-3) and Sabre (7-2) to take the win. Shanosky, Vignoud and Winey each won two bouts for the Epee squad. Tse meanwhile led the Sabre squad with a 3-0 record.
How it Happened • Individual Competition
• Following the team competition, the top 16 fencers from each weapon advanced to the individual competition.
• In the Foil, Xiang went 1-1 and finished in fifth place to earn First Team All-EWFC honors. Rosenthal lost her first match and finished in 10th place.
• Shanosky finished second in the Epee with a 3-1 record and grabbed First Team All-EWFC accolades. Couch placed fifth with a 1-1 record to earn first team all-conference honors.
• Chen became the first Sabre champion for the Blue Jays since Isabella So in 2014 as she went 4-0. She was also named the Denise O’Connor Sabre Fencer of the Year. Tomaszewski finished with a 2-1 record for third place and First Team All-EWFC honors. Tse went 1-1 and finished in seventh place to earn Second Team All-EWFC honors.
What it Means
• Hopkins’ six championships are tied for the most in conference history.
• The Blue Jays also broke the school single-season record for wins as they finish with 23. The previous record of 19 was set in the 1999-2000 season.
• Hopkins earned EWFC Coaching Staff of the Year honors as well as Top Epee and Top Sabre Squad honors.
• Couch finished the day with 278 career wins, leaving her five shy of tying Jackie Heath’s all-weapons record of 283.
• Rosenthal and Tse each earned their 100th career wins while Winey passed the 150-win mark for her career. Winey now ranks fourth in school history in career Epee wins.
• Johns Hopkins travels to West Point, NY on Saturday, March 4 for the NIWFA Championships.