Kalina Wins Gold in Sabre at Temple Open
Nov. 15, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Johns Hopkins women's fencing team opened its season at the 32nd annual Temple Open on November 5. The Blue Jays took home two medals and had three top 10 finishes against fencers from Division I, Division III and club teams.
Freshman Rachel Kalina, fencing in her first collegiate event, got her career off to a pretty good start. She took home gold in the Sabre - which featured 87 fencers. Sophomore Katherine Simeon placed 16th and classmate Kathleen Rand placed 19th as the Blue Jays were second with three fencers in the top 20. Also fencing for Hopkins were senior Jenny Lenz and freshman Sarah Hewes, who finished in 75th and 79th, respectively.
In the Epee, senior Lauren Chinn led the way with a third-place finish, out of 92 fencers. It is her second career top-three finish as she took home gold at the 2009 Temple Open. Freshman Gianna Puzzo finished in 10th place, while sophomore Liz Caris claimed 15th. Hopkins and North Carolina both featured three fencers in the top 15. Junior Komal Kumarfinished in 25th place to round out the Blue Jays' participants.
And in the Foil, sophomore Jackie Heath and senior Jen Hession finished in 12th and 13th places, respectively as Hopkins placed three fencers in the top 40, out of 86 fencers. Senior Colleen Stoneplaced 40th for the Blue Jays.
Hopkins returns to action on November 19 at the Haverford Invitational.