SAN JOSE, Calif.
– The Temple fencing team traveled to San Jose, Calif. this past weekend to compete in the North American Cup, run by the US Fencing Association.
“To make the top 32 in an event is an excellent result for our fencers,” commented head coach Nikki Franke
. “To make the final eight is extraordinary. This weekend, we had four finalists and six additional top 32 finishers.”
The tournament, which is held four times a year, is used by participants to earn national points towards selections to the World Championship, Pan American, and Olympic Games. In each event, the top 32 finishers receive national points that accumulate throughout the season.
This weekend, Temple had finalists in the first three events that were held. On Friday, sophomore Jill Bratton
placed sixth in the Under 20 (Junior) Women's Epee event.
On Saturday, sophomore Kamali Thompson
placed 5th in the Division I (all ages) Women's Sabre competition. In addition, sophomore Alyssa Lomuscio
finished eighth in the Under 20 Women's Foil event. On Sunday, the Owl's best results in Division I Women's Epee were senior Kristin Howell
(17) and Bratton (19).
Also, Temple assistant coach Bradley Baker was a finalist in Division I Men's Sabre and placed fifth, a very exciting feat for the team to see. The Owls enjoyed cheering him on throughout the competition.
On Monday, Temple's top finishers were Thompson, who took 20th in Under 20 Women's Sabre, and Lomuscio, who placed 26th in Division I Women's Foil.
Friday, January 14
Junior Women's Epee (115 Entries) won by Courtney Hurley from Notre Dame
6. Jillian Bratton
105. Nicola Horscroft
Saturday, January 15
Division I Women's Sabre (92 Entries) won by Dagmara Wozniak from St. John's (NY)
5. Kamali Thompson
28. Christie Griffith
32. Audrey Barroso
Junior Women's Foil (115 Entries) won by Lee Kiefer from a Bluegrass Fencer's Club in Kentucky
8. Alyssa Lomuscio
37. Mikayla Varadi
42. Cara Taggersell
Sunday, January 16
Division I Women's Epee (143 Entries) won by Lindsay Campbell from the New York Athletic Club.
17. Kristin Howell
19. Jillian Bratton
71. Grace Wu
121. Alyssa Lombardi
136. Nicola Horscroft
Division I Men's Sabre (147 Entries) won by Sean Buckley from St. John's University (NY).
5. Bradley Baker
Monday, January 17
Junior Women's Sabre (80 Entries) won by Lian Osier from Notre Dame
20. Kamali Thompson
Division I Women's Foil (117 Entries) won by Nzingha Prescod from the Peter Westbrook Foundation in NY.
26. Alyssa Lomuscio
54. Melissa Parker
60. Mikayla Varadi