St. John's junior women's epeeist Isis Washington has been named the National Fencer of the Week for Jan. 20-26, 2014, as presented by CollegeFencing360.com. Washington headlines a group of 12 CF360 Primetime Performers of the Week for college fencing, for the final week of January.
Harvard women's sabre freshman epeeist Adrienne Jarocki has been selected by CF360men as the second 2014 national rookie of the week.
Washington went 14-1 at both the NYU Invitational and the St. John's Invitational, while taking on an assortment of top opponents. Washington, a junior, racked up a +89 total-points differential, with both of her losses coming down to the final touch (4-5).
Washington combined with NCAA tournament veterans Alina Ferdman and Zsofia Fath in leading a St. John's women's epee squad that won nearly 80 percent of its bouts (70-20) during the weekend.
Over the course of the weekend, Washington – who placed 13th at the 2013 Northeast Regional but has yet to fence in the NCAAs – beat top veterans Emma Vaggo and Nina Van Loon of Harvard, Ashley Severson and Nicole Ameli of Notre Dame and Diane Tsinis of Columbia.
Jarocki went 13-2 in the first elite college dual-meet tournament of her career, facing opponents from five to top-10 teams at the St. John's Invitational. Her sweep of Penn State, including a win against two-time All-Ameican Nicole Glon, helped provide the margin of victory in the Crimson's 15-12 win against the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions.
The 10 fencers who round out this week's installment of College Fencing Primetime Performers are: