Johns Hopkins Women's Fencing Season Preview
BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins women’s fencing team is slated to open its 45th season on Saturday at the 38th annual Temple Open. Led by head coach Austin Young, entering his ninth season at the helm, the Blue Jays return 13 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 23-13 and won the EWFC Championship.
Key Returners • Epee
Sophomore Shivani Bisen returns to lead a young Epee squad after winning 36 bouts in her rookie season. She is the only Epeeist to return from last year’s squad that won nearly 84 percent of its bouts (341-66).
Key Returners • Foil
Junior Rebecca Rosenthal and sophomore Katherine Xiang return to lead an experienced Foil squad, that returns five fencers from last season. Xiang led the team with 93 wins a year ago, the fourth highest win total by a Foilist in program history. Rosenthal ranked second on the team with a career-best 82 wins and she enters the season ranked eighth in program history with 117 career Foil wins.
Key Returners • Sabre
The Sabre squad is even more experienced than the Foil, as the Jays return seven from the 2016-17 team. Sophomore Erin Chen led Hopkins last season with a school-record 113 wins. Sophomore Alicja Tomaszewski was second on the squad a year ago with 94 wins. In all, the Sabre squad went an impressive 400-170 (.702) last season. Natalie Martinez also had an impressive rookie season in 2016-17, as she finished third on the team with 75 wins.
Home Sweet Home
Hopkins has a pair of home events this season in the JHU Invitational (February 11) and the EWFC Championships (February 18). The Blue Jays, who are hosting the conference championship for the first time since 2013, are seeking their second straight and seventh overall EWFC Championship.
Hopkins opens the season with back-to-back individual tournaments at Temple (October 28) and Penn State (November 4). Last season, Chen placed sixth and Tomaszewski placed eighth at Temple. Live results can be found here.
By the Numbers
2 • Johns Hopkins has won 2 Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference Epee titles (2015, 2017)
3.55 • Members of the Johns Hopkins women’s fencing team combined to post a 3.55 GPA last spring. Twelve members of the team posted a 3.5 GPA (or better) in the spring.
4 • Johns Hopkins has won 4 Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference Foil titles (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
4 • Johns Hopkins has won 4 Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference Sabre titles (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017)
7 • Johns Hopkins produced at least one Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference individual champion from 2009 to 2015.
9 • Head coach Austin Young enters his ninth season with the Blue Jays. He is the winningest coach in program history with 121 wins.
10 • Johns Hopkins fencers have won 10 Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference titles since 2009.