PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Johns Hopkins women's fencing team had a strong showing at the 2016 NIWFA Christmas Invitational, highlighted by senior Nastasia Winey's win in the Epee. Freshmen Natalie Martinez and Katherine Xiang also finished in the top three for the Blue Jays.
How it Happened
Winey went 21-3 to win the Epee title out of 37 competitors. She is just the fifth Blue Jay to win the Epee title and first since 2010. Senior Katherine Couch finished in sixth place and freshman Shivani Bisen placed 12th.
Hopkins was the only school to place three fencers in the top 10 of the Foil. Xiang led the way with her second-place finish out of 32 fencers. Sophomore Rebecca Rosenthal placed fifth and classmate Kiera Wolfe took 10th place. Senior Aviana Duca finished in 14th place and junior Elizabeth Konopacki took 21st place.
Martinez paced the Sabre squad as she finished in third place out of 37 fencers. Sophomore Shiaomeng Tse placed fifth, while senior Nancy Kim (10th) and sophomore Maggie Vitale (13th) also finished in the top 15.
What it Means
Johns Hopkins competed at the NIWFA Christmas Invitational for the first time since 2011. Hopkins was the only team to place a fencer in the top three in all three weapons.
Winey moves into eighth in program history with 123 career Epee wins. Rosenthal moved into 19th with 71 career wins.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on January 14 at the JHU Alumni Meet.