For the 33rd straight year Temple women's fencing team held its annual Temple Open, which is the largest individual collegiate competition in the country and this year included more than 30 universities and almost 600 individual competitors. Sophomore Tiki Kastor
won the gold medal in sabre, while junior Epiphany Georges
and senior Mikayla Varadi
earned silver and bronze, respectively, in foil and Kimberly Howell
nabbed a bronze in epee on Saturday at the Student Pavilion.
Day one of competitions got underway with foil in the morning, where Temple had five of its fencers participate over
In their first collegiate competitions, freshmen Demi Antipas
and Fatima Largaespada
had top 10 finishes in foil, as they placed 6th and 7th, while Olivia Wynn
turned in a 30th place finish.
Following Howell in women's epee, senior captain Jill Bratton
battled her way to a seventh place finish, ahead of junior Chantal Montrose
in 13th place. Rookie Jessica Hall
turned in a 26th-best ranking in her first meet as a member of the Cherry & White.
Competing in sabre, sophomores Emily Dodson
and Lauren Rangel-Friedman
, juniors Tasia Ford
and Andrea Haley
all had impressive finishes in their bouts on Saturday.
Ford and Haley placed in the top 10 with their performances, ahead of Rangel-Friedman in 12th place and Dodson in 21st.
The Temple women's fencing team will return to action at the Penn State Open next Saturday, Nov. 3.