Penn State MenĄŻs and WomenĄŻs Fencing Team Drop to Second in Team Standings After Three Days of Action
HOUSTON, Tex. - March 18, 2006 ¨C The Penn State menĄŻs fencing team took the strips Saturday for the 2006 NCAA Championships. The Penn State menĄŻs and womenĄŻs fencing team headed into SaturdayĄŻs action with a ten-point lead in the overall team standings. But, after day one of menĄŻs action, the team fell to second in the standings. Harvard is in first with 131 victories with Penn State just behind at 128 victories.
The strongest showing for the menĄŻs team came in the menĄŻs saber division. Sophomore Franz Boghicev (Dormagen, Germany), who finished fourth in last years Championships, sits in the same spot after Day 1 with a record of 12-2. Senior captain Martin Zaguins (Beaverton, Ore.) finished the day in 19th place with a 4-10 record. His bid to become a three-time All-American will fall short.
In the menĄŻs foil division, sophomore Jeffrey Chang (Hong Kong, China) is in 14th place at 6-8. Freshman Alexander Louton (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) was 4-10, putting him in 21st place.
Sophomore Arthur Urman (Maalot, Israel), an All-American in 2005, struggled in Day 1 of the menĄŻs epee division. He finished the day in 18th place with a 5-9 record. Freshman James Moody (Denver, Colo.) is in 21st place at 4-10.
In womenĄŻs action, Penn State senior Katarzyna Trzopek (Warsaw, Poland) won her second gold in the womenĄŻs epee. Freshman Caitlin Thompson and senior Annekathrin Donath (Tauber, Germany) both finished in fourth place of their division and received All-American honors. Senior captain Sophia Hiss (Oklahoma City, Okla.) finished in fifth place and junior Case Szarwark (Nashville, Tenn.) finished in seventh place. All of the Penn State womenĄŻs fencers who finished in the top eight of their division received All-American honors.
NCAA Championships action continues tomorrow with the menĄŻs final rounds. Fencing starts at 9 a.m.