Fencing qualifies 11 for national championships

March 12, 2015

Penn State fencers dominated much of the competition at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/Southern Regional in Durham, N.C. on Saturday (March 7). All competing Penn State fencers finished in the top 20 for their events with most finishing in the top 10. Eleven Nittany Lions qualified to move on to the national championship March 19-22.

Penn State saw standout performances from sophomore Oskar Tang (Stockholm, Sweden) and freshmen Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood Mass) and Karen Chang (Hong Kong), who took first in men's epee, men's saber and women's saber, respectively.

Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.) had a strong performance on the day finishing third place in men's foil. Also competing in the event, junior David Gomez-Tanamachi finished seventh, sophomore Nicolas Graziano (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished 10th followed by sophomore Howie Chan (Hong Kong) finishing 11th.

Junior Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif.) locked in second place in men's saber while freshman Khalil Thompson (Teaneck, N.J.) finished 8th and sophomore Adam Lewicki (Oakland, N.J.) was 12th.

In men's epee, sophomore Conor Shepard (Colleyville, Texas) finished 8th while junior Farzaan Karimi (Midfield, Mass.) came in 10th and junior Yasser Mahmoud (Quincy, Mass.) was 13th.


In women's epee, sophomore Jessie Radanovich (Fresno, Calif.) finished fourth while junior Jessica O'Neill-Lyublinsky (North Salem, N.Y.) and freshman Julia Higson (State College, Pa.) were 16th and 29th, respectively.

Junior Clarisse Luminet (Lyon, France) took second in women's foil. Other notable finishes included sophomore Desree Ortega-Furgeson (Wyoming, Mich.) at 15th and seniors Alina Antokhina (Moscow, Russia) and Kane Gladnick (Wynnewood, Pa.) at eighth and 18th, respectively.

Freshman Kathryn Charpin (Setauket, N.Y.) had a solid performance and managed a second place finish in women's saber. Other notable placings included sophomore Teodora Kakihani (Tbilisi, Georgia) and senior Elizabeth Rapp (Portland, Ore.) who finished fifth and eighth, respectively.

As a team, the Nittany Lions look to capture another national title as they are set to compete at the NCAA National Championship on March 19-22 in Columbus, Ohio. Penn State will be searching for its 14th National Championship, and its fourth in the last seven years. 


Last Updated March 12, 2015