Fencing competes in last tournament of fall

The fencing team will compete at the Vassar Invitational in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., tomorrow.

Along with host Vassar College, Temple’s fencers will compete against student-athletes from Penn State, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Princeton, North Carolina, New York University and Sacred Heart.

Temple will have five competitors in the foil competition: freshman Demi Antipas, junior Epiphany Georges, freshman Fatima Largaespada, senior Mikayla Varadi, and freshman Olivia Wynn.

Georges is the best hope for a medal in this group. She won a silver medal at the Temple Open on Oct. 27, and placed fourth at the Penn State Open on Nov. 3. Varadi got the bronze at the Temple Open. Georges, Varadi, Antipas and Largaespada all made the semifinal in both tournaments so far.

In epee, the Owls will have four athletes: senior Jill Bratton, freshman Jessica Hall, junior Kimberly Howell and junior Chantal Montrose. Howell is the only medalist this year in this group, getting a bronze at the Temple Open. Only Bratton has made the semifinals in both tournaments.

Temple will have six entrants in the sabre competition: sophomore Emily Dodson, junior Tasia Ford, junior Andrea Haley, sophomore Tiki Kastor, freshman Petra Khan, and sophomore Lauren Rangel-Friedman.

Kastor is the most likely medalist from that group, having won the Owls’ only gold medal so far this year, at the Temple Open. She also finished sixth at the Penn State Open. Ford and Rangel-Friedman have made the semifinals in both tournaments, while Kastor joins Georges as the only Temple fencers to make the finals both times.

The meet kicks off at 10 a.m.

-Evan Cross