Johns Hopkins takes EWFC title
Blue Jays finish day perfect 6-0, edging by host Stevens
HOBOKEN, N.J. - Johns Hopkins women's fencing team went 6-0 on Saturday to take its second consecutive Eastern Women's Fencing Conference (EWFC) Championship. The Blue Jays improve to 17-8 on the season as they prepare for the EWFC Individual Championship. Host Stevens finished in second with a 5-1 record on the day, while Haverford claimed third with a 4-2 record. Hopkins also claimed the foil title, as the Blue Jays went 45-9 in the weapon.
Several Blue Jays also hit career milestones on the day. Junior co-captain Lauren Chinn earned her 200th career epee win, while sophomore Komal Kumar and junior Colleen Stone each hit the 100-win mark for the epee and foil, respectively.
Hopkins opened the day with a 23-4 win against Yeshiva as the Blue Jays swept all three weapons. Senior co-captain Mary Vitale paced the Blue Jays in the sabre as she won all three of her bouts, while freshman Kathleen Rand went 2-0. In the foil, Stone, sophomore Diane Duros and junior Jen Hession all went 3-0. And Kumar led Hopkins in the epee as she went 3-0.
The Blue Jays then beat the Haverford Fords 17-10 by again sweeping all three weapons. The sabre and foil were tightly contested as Hopkins squeezed out 5-4 wins in each weapon. Freshman Katherine Simeon went 3-0 and won the clinching bout in the sabre. In the foil, it was freshman Jackie Heath leading the way with a 3-0 slate and winning the deciding bout. The epee was easier going for Hopkins as the Blue Jays won 7-2 behind a three-win outing from Chinn.
Hopkins picked up its third win of the day in easy fashion, beating Drew 25-2. The sabre was the Blue Jays' top event, as they went unbeaten with Rand winning all three of her bouts, while Simeon, Vitale and junior Jenny Lenz each went 2-0. Duros and Hession paced the Blue Jays to an 8-1 win in the foil as the duo went a combined 6-0. And in the epee, Warren and Chinn combined to go 6-0 as well to lead Hopkins to an 8-1 victory.
The fourth match of the day proved to be the deciding one as Hopkins defeated host Stevens 17-10. The Blue Jays took the sabre and foil, but the Ducks took the epee. Rand, Simeon and Vitale each won two bouts to lead Hopkins to a 6-3 win in the sabre. Junior Marion Trumbull and Heath then went a combined 6-0 to pace Hopkins in an 8-1 win in the foil. Stevens then took the epee by a 6-3 score.
Hopkins followed that with an easy 23-4 win against CCNY. Rand and Simeon each went 3-0 to lead Hopkins to an 8-1 win in the sabre, while Stone and Heath each went 3-0 in the foil in an 8-1 Blue Jay win. Hopkins closed out the win with a 7-2 decision in the epee behind a three-win outing from Kumar.
Hopkins wrapped up the day and the title with a 19-8 win against Hunter. The Hawks took a 5-4 decision in the sabre, but the Blue Jays bounced back to easily win the foil (7-2) and the epee (8-1) to take the overall win. Rand went 2-1 in the sabre for the Blue Jays. Hession went 3-0 in the foil, while Trumbull and Heath each went 2-0. And in the epee, freshman Liz Caris and Chinn each went 2-0 to lead the way.
On the day, Kumar led the Blue Jays with a 14-4 record in the epee and reached the 100-win mark. In the foil, Heath went 11-0, while Hession went 11-4. And in the sabre, Rand posted a 13-4 mark, while Simeon went 12-3 and Vitale went 11-4.