Heath Earns EWFC Foil Fencer of the Year Honors
March 1, 2011
HOBOKEN, NJ - Johns Hopkins freshman Jackie Heath went 15-1 at the 2011 Eastern Women's Fencing Conference (EWFC) Individual Championship on Sunday to earn Foil Fencer of the Year honors. She led a contingent of five Blue Jays that earned All-EWFC honors in addition to the Foil Squad earning EWFC 2010-11 Top Foil Squad honors. Head coach Austin Young was also tabbed as EWFC 2010-11 Coach of the Year. Hopkins has now produced the EWFC Foil Fencer of the Year in each of the last three seasons.
Heath led the Blue Jays in the Foil competition with her 15-1 record on the day. She is now 75-24 on the season to tie with junior Marion Trumbull for most wins overall on the team. Trumbull, the 2010 EWFC Foil Fencer of the Year, posted a 14-2 record on the day to also earn First Team All-EWFC honors and improve to 75-24 on the season. Junior Jen Hession, the 2009 EWFC Foil Fencer of the Year, also claimed first team all-conference honors with a fourth-place finish and a 13-3 record. She is now 38-22 this season.
In the Sabre, freshman Katherine Simeon and senior Mary Vitale each finished with an 11-3 record on the day. But Simeon was awarded fourth place based on touches scored (60), while Vitale was awarded fifth place. Simeon is now 72-34 on the season, while Vitale is 61-47 and 223-120 for her career. Both earned First Team All-EWFC honors as Vitale also earned the honor in 2010. Junior Jenny Lenz finished in 12th place with a 4-10 record on the day, as she is now 14-28 on the season.
Separate weapons classification titles, based on overall team results at the EWFC Dual Meet Championship, were also acknowledged for the first time. Johns Hopkins University procured the Top Foil Squad plaque, Stevens Institute of Technology obtained Top Epee Squad distinction, and Hunter College snagged the Top Saber Squad citation over the course of the day's bouts.
Johns Hopkins picked up the Coaching Staff of the Year award for the first time ever. Young and his assistants guided the Blue Jays to an undefeated record at the EWFC Dual Meet Championship, hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology on February 20, as the squad won its second consecutive title by going 6-0 during the round robin competition.