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Showing Fencing to Penn State students

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FullSizeRender.jpgBy Jennifer Hudson, Student Athlete Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Not many people know about the sport of fencing, so some of the Penn State national championship team members put on a demonstration in professor Ron Johnson's business administration class on Tuesday to show how the sport works and promote the team.

Johnson usually shows a video before his classes but this week decided to change it up and give the students an opportunity to learn about fencing.

To start off the demonstration, Kacy Charpin, a freshmen saber fencer, explained what fencing is like and how it works. This allowed the class to learn the basics of what they would see in a fencing meet.

David Gomez-Tanamachi, a senior who represented Mexico in the World Championships in Russia over the summer, and Nicolas Graziano, a sophomore who represented Canada in the Canadian Nationals this summer, fenced a foil bout for everyone to see.

They showed all different actions which kept the audience intrigued.

"I thought it was great!" said Kindrah Kohne, a senior marketing and spanish major. "I've attended a fencing competition before and didn't know much about it, but today I learned a lot and can hopefully use what I learned today in the future when I attend an event."

Next up was an epee demonstration by Jessica O'Neill-Lyublinsky and Jessie Radanovich.

Both O'Neill-Lyublinsky and Radanovich represented Penn State in NCAA Championships in March, helping win the national title.

While a foil bout is a little faster pace and the fencers could only hit the torso area where their lames were, an epee bout allows for a touch anywhere on the body.

O'Neill-Lyublinksky and Radanovich fenced a strategical bout that showed how strong they were.

"I think it went really well," said Gomez. "Hopefully we will get to see a lot of the students supporting us at our upcoming home competition now that they have seen the demonstration."

Due to time constrictions, the team was not able to show what a saber bout, the third weapon, looked like but will get to in the future.

Johnson has allowed the fencing team to come into the start of two more of his classes this week.

In the beginning of MGMT 301 on Wednesday at 9:55 in 105 Forum and at the beginning of BA 342 at 2:15 in 100 Thomas, some members of the fencing team will show off the sport some more.

If you are interested in how fencing works or curious to see what a fencing bout looks like, spot by and check it out!

The next home meet for the team will be the Garret Open held in White Building on November 22-23 starting at 8 a.m.

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