PASADENA (Feb. 26, 2018) – The Caltech men's fencing Epee squad became the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California champions for the first time since the conference's 1968 inception over the weekend. Caltech finished second in the combined standings for a second year in a row (epee, foil, saber).
The epee squad, consisting of senior captain Ethan Lo, senior Spencer Strumwasser, junior Qifan Wang (Surrey, Canada / Semiahmoo Secondary) and rookie Zimo Zhu (Buffalo Grove, Ill. / Adlai E. Stevenson), in addition to freshman Ethan Jaszewski went a combined 102-16 on the year to dominate the league and win 14 individual matches against the conference's seven other schools, the likes of which includes the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Southern California and the Univrsity of California Santa Barbara and others. The Beavers' most dominant epee victory came in a 9-0 triumph over the University of California Riverside.
"The team really pulled together this year, overcoming injuries and illness especially the last team event this weekend at UCI, leaving us with a short team of two fencers." Head Coach Carla Corbit said. "Normally we would have three plus an alternate. Ethan Lo and Zimo Zhu fought hard through the last tournament holding on to our lead and finishing off all the team matches undefeated. I was so happy that they accomplished this with two seniors on the team, an amazing finish for their four years of work."
The men's foil team, meanwhile lifted the Beavers' cumulative ranking with a second-place conference finish. The team consisting of sophomore Evan Yu (Irvine, Calif. / University) and freshman Andrew Chan (Denver, Col. / Littleton) pulled ahead of the University of California Irvine in the final conference match of the season. Caltech secured nine victories against IFCSC schools, which amounted to 71 individual wins. The saber team, led by junior Aaron Shih and newcomers Jim Zhang and Amol Patil finished fourth in the league with seven conference wins and 71 individual victories. The success of the foil and saber teams is further indicative of the growth in depth this year's fencing team saw.
Corbit and the Beavers will have two weeks to prepare for the NCAA West Regionals on Mar. 9 and 10 hosted by Caltech at the Braun Athletic Center.