(photo courtesy of Mark Strumwasser)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2014) – Senior Katie Fisher (Chapel Hill, N.C. / East Chapel Hill) led several top finishers with a gold medal in the foil as the Caltech fencing teams opened the season at the Collegiate Open on the campus of UCLA this past weekend.
The Beavers represented well on both the men's and women's sides in the individual competition. Facing heavy hitters such as host UCLA, the University of Southern California, Arizona State University, the University of California-Santa Barbara and the University of California-Irvine, the Caltech men placed fencers in the Top 6 in two events while the women finished no worse than second in any event.
Fisher rose to the top of the largest women's field at the tournament, besting 14 competitors in the foil to clinch the Beavers' top finish of the day. Awarded a bye into the quarterfinals, the captain fell behind 6-1 to open her first match of the day, but recovered quickly to advance through to the final. After two back-and-forth opening periods, Fisher built up a 14-10 lead and, despite a brief rally that quickly saw her margin cut to just two, closed it out for the gold.
Sophomore Stephanie Moon (Lilburn, Ga. / Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology) placed seventh as the Beavers' only other fencer in the foil. Junior Shi En Kim (Malaysia / Anderson Junior Coll.) and sophomore Constance Robinson (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) earned silver medals in the saber and epee, respectively, with freshman Jisoo Mok also placing sixth in the nine-person saber field and sophomore Christina Meyer (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. / Hackley School) just missing the medal stand at fourth in the epee.
In a vast men's field, sophomore Matthew Jin (Fremont, Calif. / Mission San Jose) had the honor of the Beavers' top finish as he tied for third in the foil. Junior Anup Kishore (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) and sophomore Keegan Mendonca (San Jose, Calif. / Lynbrook) placed eighth and 11th, respectively, while freshman Ethan Lo competed in the largest field of the day, placing sixth in the 32-man epee event. Sophomore Colin Murphy (San Diego, Calif. / Canyon Crest Academy) recorded the highest finish in the saber, taking 13th place.
Head Coach Carla Corbit and the Beavers will host their only home event of the season on Sunday, Nov. 2.