FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The foil team was undefeated as were four individual fencers, and as a team, Temple fencing went 3-1 at the Sacred Heart Invitational in its first dual meets of the season. The Owls earned team wins over NYU (25-2), Sacred Heart (15-12) and Vassar (22-5), while losing only to nationally ranked Harvard (17-10), last year's seventh-place finisher among women's teams at the NCAA Championships.
The Owls' foil team was a perfect 4-0 at the meet, with sophomore Demi Antipas and freshman Kristen Kemnitzer both going undefeated individually. The foil team, led by squad leader Epiphany Georges, went 9-0 vs. NYU and Sacred Heart en route to a 4-0 day. Georges, who went 6-1 overall, turned in a 5-3 win over Harvard's Alexandra Keifer, a former NCAA champion.
Antipas finished 5-0, with her final bout win against Harvard helping the foil team beat the Crimson 5-4. Sophomore Fatima Largaespada also had an impressive day for the foil squad, going 8-1 overall.
"For our foil team to beat Harvard was pretty exciting," said Temple head coach Nikki Franke. "It came down to the last bout and last touch, and Demi scored a beautiful touch for the win. Epiphany's win was also a big one for us. On the whole, I was very pleased with our foil squad today."
Junior Lauren Rangel-Friedman earned the most wins for the sabre squad, going 6-1, while senior Andrea Haley was undefeated at 5-0, as was freshman Victoria Suber at 4-0. Sophomore Petra Khan went 3-2. In epee, sophomore Jessica Hall and freshman Rachael Clark led the Owls with records of 5-1 and 5-2, respectively.
"I think it was an eye-opening meet for all of us," said Franke, "just in terms of where we are. That's why it was nice to have this meet now. I think we got to see how much people will fight to try to beat us, and it's good especially for the freshman to see how every bout is important. It was nice for everyone to get the first meet under their belt, and we'll come back in January ready to go."
Temple will have just over a month until its next dual meets on Sunday, January 12 at the Penn State Invitational. On the day before, the Owls will host their annual Alumnae Meet.