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Johns Hopkins Competes at US Squad Championships

March 2, 2016

Junior Katharine Couch.

PRINCETON, NJ – The Johns Hopkins women’s fencing team competed at the 2016 US Squad Championships on Sunday at Princeton. Hopkins finished fourth in the Epee and seventh in the Sabre and Foil. JHU also competed in dual meets versus Yale and University of the Incarnate Word. The Blue Jays fell to the Bulldogs (16-11) but beat the Cardinals (23-4) and are now 14-14 on the season.

How it Happened
• In the Epee, Hopkins opened with a 45-42 win over Brandeis after a first round bye. The Blue Jays then lost to the host Tigers, 45-26, in the semifinals. In the bronze medal bout, Hopkins lost to NYU, 45-39, for fourth place.
• In the Foil, the Blue Jays beat the Cardinals by a score of 45-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. There, Hopkins fell 45-16 to host Princeton to move to the consolation bracket, where JHU lost to Brandeis (45-24).
• And in the Sabre, JHU beat NYU, 45-14, in the round of 16 but then fell 45-10 to Princeton. The Blue Jays then dropped a 45-25 decision to the Bulldogs in the consolation round. Hopkins finished up with a 45-37 win over NYU in the seventh-place bout.
• Against Yale, the Bulldogs won the Foil (9-0) and Sabre (6-3) while the Blue Jays won the Epee (8-1). In the Sabre, senior Isabella So led the Blue Jays with two wins. Senior Ting Liu and freshman Celine Shanosky each won three bouts to lead the Epee squad to the win.
• Hopkins swept all three weapons versus UIW to take the win. Hopkins won the Sabre by forfeit (9-0), swept the Foil and edged the Cardinals in the Epee (5-4). Senior Rachel Viqueira, sophomore Elizabeth Konopacki and freshman Rebecca Rosenthal each went 3-0 in their bouts to lead the Foil squad. In the Epee, junior Katharine Couch and Shanosky won two bouts each while Shanosky clinched the win in the eighth bout.

What it Means
• Head coach Austin Young is now 98-65 in his seventh season with the Blue Jays. He is one win shy of tying James Murray as the winningest coach in program history.

The Records
• Epee (13-5)
Katharine Couch • 4-2
Ting Liu • 3-0
Celine Shanosky • 5-1
Nastasia Winey • 1-2

• Foil (9-9)
Elizabeth Konopacki • 3-3
Rebecca Rosenthal • 3-3
Rachel Viqueira • 3-1
Kiera Wolfe • 0-2

• Sabre (12-6)
Nancy Kim • 1-2
Isabella So • 2-1
Shiaomeng Tse • 0-1
Maggie Vitale • 0-2

Up Next
• Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, March 12 at the NCAA Regional.