Photo courtesy of Mark Strumwasser
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2014) – All three squad captains – senior Katie Fisher (Chapel Hill, N.C. / East Chapel Hill), junior Shi En Kim (Malaysia / Anderson J.C.) and sophomore Christina Meyer (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. / Hackley School) – represented the Caltech women's fencing team in its first appearance at the elite BladeRunner US Fencing Regional Open Circuit (ROC) tournament on the campus of UCSD this past weekend.
With the entire field competing for one of eight US Fencing Association "A" ratings, the Beavers were facing some of the top competition in program history.
Meyer kicked off the weekend slate in the épeé, winning her first bout in pool play and taking her final two for a 3-3 record, which earned her a #26 seed in the direct elimination round. She held the upper hand throughout a 15-12 victory in the Round of 64, but drew the #7 seed in the next bout and gave her all for over seven minutes in a tight 15-10 defeat to finish in 26th place.
Kim finished out the first day's events in the sabre, competing in her first national-level tournament. She burst out of the gates to win a furious first two bouts against a pair of higher-ranked fencers and narrowly dropped out in a thrilling 15-14 bout in the direct elimination round.
Fisher closed out the tournament on Sunday in the foil, taking two bouts in pool play but getting the short end of a tiebreaker for seeding by a single indicator. Fortunately, her #22 seed was still enough to earn a bye in the Round of 64, but pitted against the #11 seed proved too much to overcome as she fenced an amazing bout but fell, 15-8, to place 23rd overall.
Head Coach Carla Corbit and the Beavers will return to UCSD for the IFCSC Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 22.