Jan. 5, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After spending most of the last three years ranked in the Top 3, Ohio State's Jason Rogers is now the nation's No. 1 senior division men's sabre fencer, U.S. Fencing announced. Rogers (Sr., Los Angeles, Calif.) is one of 14 Buckeyes to appear in the latest national rankings and is one of seven OSU fencers in the Top 10.
Joining Rogers in the Top 5 are senior Adam Crompton (Newark, N.J.) at No. 4 in sabre and freshman Andras Horanyi (Boulder, Colo.) at No. 4 in foil. Horanyi also is the nation's No. 1 ranked junior division men's foil fencer.
In addition to Rogers and Crompton, Ohio State's men's sabre unit also includes freshman Mike Momtselidze (Kansas City, Mo.), who is ranked No. 7, and junior Jason Paul (Los Angeles, Calif.), who is ranked No. 28.
Also ranked in the Top 10 is junior Christian Rivera (Bloomfield, N.J.), who is No. 8 in epee.
Two OSU women's sabre fencers are ranked in the Top 10, including sophomore Amelia Gaillard (Fayetteville, Ga.) at No. 8 and sophomore Eileen Grench (Davis, Calif.) at No. 10. Grench also is ranked No. 3 in the nation in the junior women's sabre division.
Other Buckeye women ranked include junior Syvenna Siebert (Upper Arlington, Ohio) at No. 26 in sabre, freshman Allison Rush (Boulder, Colo.) at No. 33 in foil, freshman Elizabeth Knauer (Medford, N.J.) at No. 35 in sabre and junior Kaela Brendler (San Antonio, Texas) at No. 40 (tie) in epee. In the junior division, Knauer is ranked No. 15 and Rush is ranked No. 27.
On the men's side, freshman Dimitri Kirk-Gordon (San Jose, Calif.) is ranked No. 26 in foil and sophomore William Jeter (Cincinnati, Ohio) is ranked No. 35 in foil. Jeter is ranked No. 18 in the junior division.
Former Buckeye Hanna Thompson, currently a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes, is ranked No. 1 in women's foil for the first time in her career. Her twin sister Metta is ranked No. 18 in the same division.
Ohio State returns to action Jan. 15-16 when the Buckeyes travel to Houston, Texas, for the North American Cup.
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