Last weekend was not just the GHSFL Team Championship. In the NCAA it was also the Midwestern Conference Fencing Championship. Pope Fencing Alumni Katie Van Riper was there representing Northwestern University.
In the Women’s Épée Individual Championship, Katie finished 12th and the NWU squad took 6 of the top 12 places.
NWU won the Women’s Team Championship, placing first in the Women’s Épée and Women’s Sabre events and third in Women’s Foil.
In NCAA fencing, bouts won and lost seem to the the primary statistic for individuals (apart from championship places). Katie’s record in her freshman year was 31-3. Before the weekend’s championship, her record in her sophomore year was 30-8. Katie’s career winning percentage (again, not counting the championship) is 0.847, the highest on the NWU women’s épée squad.
Now that the regular season is over, it’s time for the Championships. The Individual Championship will be on 20 February at Autrey Mill Middle School (hosted by Johns Creek), and the Team Championship will be on 27 February at Chattahoochee High School. Fencers who are not competing in the Championships are expected to attend to support their teammates.
Congratulations to the following Pope fencers who have qualified for the Individual Championship by competing in three tournaments and earning points in at least one. If any of these fencers are unable to compete, please let Statsman know as soon as possible.
Points will be awarded to the top 32 fencers (rather than the top 16), and will count towards seeding in the Team Championship.
Team Championship on 27 February
This will be held at Chattahoochee High School. Start times have not yet been announced.
Each school can enter one men’s team and one women’s school provided they have enough eligible fencers (three or four) to make a team. Fencers are eligible to represent their school if they have competed in three tournaments, they do not need to have earned points. Coach Eichler will select the Pope teams after the Individual Championships.