The Individual Championship for the 2017-18 season was on 27 January at Northview High School.
The highest ranked 84 men and 84 women who have competed in at least four regular season tournaments qualify to compete in the Individual Championship. A fencer’s final season ranking for the season is the place he or she finishes in the Championship. The top 8 fencers in each event win medals and the top 32 earn points (which count towards seeding in the Team Championship and the first tournament of next season).
Lyndsay Wagner is this season’s Women’s Champion. She did it with exciting wins in the semi-final over Elina Moon of Chattahoochee and in the final over last season’s Champion Elaine Wen of North Springs. This is the fifth time that a Pope woman has won the Individual Championship (Katie Van Riper won a record 3 times and Ana Cristian won once).
Lyndsay earns 128 points for her win. Also earning points for Pope were Sara Nelson (17th – 16 points) and Matthew Chambers (31st – 2 points).
3 Pope fencers finished higher than they have in previous Championships. They are Lyndsay (1st), Sara (17th) and Samantha (38th). Jett equaled his previous best of 39th. 7 Pope fencers were competing in their first Individual Championship; Matthew Chambers (31st), Sophie Goodman (39th), Christina Freitas (50th), Alea Hornsby (57th), Nyiko Maswanganye (63rd), Safa Bamatraf (73rd) and Joey Montalvo (76th).
Congratulations to all the Pope fencers who competed today. This was an extremely competitive tournament and even those who didn’t finish near the top should be proud to be among those who qualified.
Lyndsay has broken into the exclusive 500 points club. She is one of only 9 fencers in the history of the league to earn 500 points in a season and her 528 points have her tied with Pope’s Erin Maurer for 4th place (Pope accounts for 7 of the 9 and all of the top 5). Lyndsay also has a career total of 1,000 points which puts her 19th in the history of the league.
On the men’s side, Ryan’s 305 points this season is the 13th highest in Pope history and his career 454 points is the also 13th in Pope history.
Moving to the team standings, The Pope women remain in first place, ahead of Johns Creek, Chattahoochee and Northview. The men are in 3rd place, behind Alpharetta and Centennial, but ahead of Lassiter.
A summary of the Pope results has been e-mailed to fencers and parents. Detailed results are in the League section of this website. Go to popefencing.org/ghsfl/ghsfl-season-14-2017-18 and click on the links to see the results of any tournament this season, the men’s and women’s individual and team standings, or how the fencers at a particular school are doing.
Congratulations to the 17 Pope fencers who have qualified for the Individual Championship. There are more qualifiers from Pope than from any other school. Here is a list of the Pope qualifiers with the seeds they will have if all qualifiers show up.
|3||Kretzmer, Ryan||1||Wagner, Lyndsay|
|8||Smith, Jett||11||T||Nelson, Sara|
|33||Mazzoni, Roman||21||T||Mims, Mackenzi|
|35||Chambers, Matthew||32||Hasleton, Samantha|
|47||Loubser, Dillon||46||Freitas, Christina|
|56||T||Montalvo, Joey||47||Bamatraf, Safa|
|62||T||Maswanganye, Nyiko||51||T||Goodman, Sophie|
|73||T||Nayshtut, Leo||54||Hornsby, Alea|
Start times will be the standard ones:
- 7:30 – Sign in opens
- 8:15 – Referee meeting
- 8:30 – Men’s sign in closes
- 10:00 – Women’s sign in closes
Fencers should arrive at least 30 minutes before sign in closes. Referees and scorekeepers should arrive in time for the referee meeting.
The address of Northview High School is 10625 Parsons Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30097, it is a 45 minute drive from Pope if there is no traffic.
The tournament will be in the main gym and aux gym. Sign in will be just outside the main gym. The parking lot is at the Parsons Road entrance and the gym entrance is next to the parking lot.
As all schools are competing in the same tournament, points will be awarded to the top 32 fencers in each event. Points earned in the Individual Championship count towards seeding in the Team Championship and the first tournament of next season.
Potentially competing with us are: