Underclassmen head to Charlotte, N.C., for junior circuit action
COLUMBUS, Ohio Eight members of the Ohio State fencing team will travel to the 2007 Junior Olympics this weekend in Charlotte, N.C.. The competition, which runs from Feb. 16-17, is eligible to any member of the team under 20 years of age.
Among the eight fencers are men’s foilists Joe Doherty, Ben Parkins and Joe Streb. Women’s foil specialist Sarah Smith will also participate. Bishara Korkor, Avinash Somir and Zachary McRae will represent the men’s epee squad while Mary Pozydaev will compete in the women’s epee.
Currently, Parkins is ranked eighth in the national junior men’s foil standings. Korkor places at 34th nationally in junior men’s epee while Smith is 38th in junior women’s foil.
The Buckeyes will return to collegiate action Feb. 23-24 at the Midwest Conference Championships in search of their sixth consecutive Midwest Conference title.
SCARLET AND GRAY TO HOST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
For the first time in team history, the Ohio State fencing team will host the NCAA Championships. The competition is scheduled for March 13-16 and will take place in both St. John Arena and the neighboring French Field House.
Just as in past seasons, the Buckeyes will again be a serious contender for the national title. Following a team national title in 2004, Ohio State finished second in 2005, third in 2006 and fifth in 2007. Returning foil champion Andras Horanyi leads an intimidating men’s team while fifth-year senior Kaela Brendler of the women’s epee squad will look to bookend her Ohio State career with national titles.
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