PASADENA, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2015) – With six of its nine top fencers returning after a wildly successful 2013-14 campaign, the Caltech women's fencing team is primed to build on a brilliant fall performance, including a perfect 6-0 mark at the November Mini Mega Meet and three impressive individual efforts well at the Elite BladeRunner USFA ROC.
Possibly the team's strongest weapon, all three members of the foil squad return, led by last year's top unranked finisher at the NCAA West Regional in senior Katie Fisher (Chapel Hill, N.C. / East Chapel Hill). Fisher recorded team-best win percentages in NCAA (41) and overall (53) competition last year and started this season a perfect 15-0 before placing a respectable 23rd at the BladeRunner. Junior Emilia Hernandez (Fairfield, Conn. / Hopkins School) and sophomore Stephanie Moon (Lilburn, Ga. / Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Tech) will team with Fisher after recording NCAA win percentages of 22 and 14, respectively, to form a potent squad which did not drop a matchup at the Mini Mega Meet.
Sophomore Christina Meyer (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. / Hackley School) will front the épeé squad after becoming Caltech's first female at-large NCAA candidate in the épeé as just a rookie. Meyer posted impressive win percentages in both NCAA (38) and overall (52) competition and beat multiple national "A" rated fencers in the NCAA West Regional. She will pair with classmate Constance Robinson (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista), who also posted respectable win percentages of 20 and 21 despite entering the year without any fencing experience. Junior Sheila Lo (Arcadia, Calif. / Arcadia) can be expected to fill out the lineup and will have her work cut out for her after fencing just three bouts last season, but has shown well thus far as the team matched foil in winning all six matchups in November.
The saber team may return just one fencer, but fortunately for the Beavers it is their top competitor in the weapon last season, junior Shi En Kim (Malaysia / Anderson Junior Coll.), who won 28 percent of her NCAA bouts and 38 percent overall.
Head Coach Carla Corbit and the Beavers will open NCAA competition at the Western Invitational hosted by Air Force on Saturday, Jan. 17. Caltech will face UC San Diego, Duke University, Florida University, Stanford University, Brandeis University, Northwestern University and cap the event against the host Falcons. The tournament will be broadcast live online via this link: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/videos/.