Fencing to Celebrate Senior Day at Temple Invitational on Saturday
(L to R): Tasia Ford, Epiphany Georges, Andrea Haley and Chantal Montrose

Fencing to Celebrate Senior Day at Temple Invitational on Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA - The eighth-ranked Temple fencing team will honor four seniors when the Owls host the Temple Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 22 at McGonigle Hall. The meet, which also features men's and women's teams from Duke, Penn, Penn State, Princeton and St. John's, will run from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Prior to the start of the meet, Temple will honors seniors Tasia Ford, Epiphany Georges, Andrea Haley and Chantal Montrose. All four have have impressive careers as Owls, and are looking to finish strong in the next few weeks.

Temple will start off the day against Duke at 8:30 a.m., and then face #1 Princeton at 10:00 a.m. Up next will be 10th-ranked St. John's, after which the Owls will have a long break before their final dual against #6 Penn State.

"The Temple Invitational is a good way to finish our dual meet season in preparation for the postseason," said Temple head coach Nikki Franke. "We have really strong teams coming in, but we spent the entire year fencing strong teams, and I think that makes us better and shows up what we're up against. The key is to finish strong. It's always nice to have a home meet and have supporters there - it gives us good energy."

Franke is looking forward to celebrating the careers of her seniors, but also admits it isn't easy.

"It's always bittersweet," she said. "You look back to when they first came to Temple and now they are getting ready to go out into the world as young adults. It's a joy to see but also very sad because they've contributed so much to the program in the time they've been here. They're a really unselfish group, they really care about the team and it's been a pleasure to work with them." 

Tasia Ford
Tasia is a graphic and interactive design major and a native of West Sand Lake, N.Y. This year, Tasia serves as both the sabre squad captain and the overall team captain. In her freshman season, Tasia finished 26-18, going undefeated in eight matches. She earned 23 wins as a sophomore, and placed 20th at the NCAA Regionals after qualifying for a second straight year. Last year, Tasia qualified for NCAA Regionals yet again, and finished 12th. She went undefeated seven times as a junior, and finished seventh at the Temple Open and 16th at the Penn State Open. Tasia had a strong performance in the Owls' most recent meet at Duke, going 8-1, and earlier this year she finished 10-2 at the Philadelphia Invitational. Coming into the meet, Tasia's overall career record is 117-93.

Epiphany Georges
Epiphany is this year's foil squad captain and a legal studies major who hails from Brooklyn, N.Y. Epiphany has the distinction of winning the individual foil title all three years so far at the NIWFA Championships. She started her career with a bang, winning the Temple Open as a freshman. She took eighth place at the North American Cup in junior women's foil, and after going undefeated at the conference championship, she took sixth at NCAA Regionals and went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Her sophomore year overall record was 53-15, and she was undefeated 14 times. She took a silver medal at the Penn State Open and a bronze at the Temple Open. After once again winning the conference title as a junior, she went on to take sixth at the NCAA Regional and 18th in the NCAA Championships. She started the season with a silver medal at the Temple Open, and finished her junior year with a record of 50-20. Earlier this season, Epiphany went 6-1 at the Sacred Heart Invitational, and more recently she finished with a 6-3 record at Duke. She comes into the meet with an impressive career record of 177-75.

Andrea Haley
Andrea is an honors student at Temple out of Glenshaw, Pa., and is majoring in architecture and architecture preservation. Andrea entered this season with an impressive career record of 72-29. As a freshman she went 26-12, going undefeated in 10 of her matches. She earned a bronze medal at the NIWFA Championships and went on to be a semifinalist at the NCAA Regional. Andrea was undefeated nine times as a sophomore on her way to a record of 25-10, and opened the season with a 10th-place finish at the Temple Open. She placed 15th at the conference meet and 34th at the NCAA Regional. In her junior year, Andrea posted a 21-7 record and placed 14th at the NIWFA Championships. Andrea started her senior season off with an impressive third-place finish at the Temple Open. Soon after, she turned in a perfect 5-0 record at the Sacred Heart Invitational, and then went 11-2 at the Northwestern Duals. For the last two years, Andrea has been named to Temple's President's Honor Roll for having a GPA of 3.5 or above. Andrea comes into the meet with a career record of 99-37.

Chantal Montrose
Chantal is the epee squad captain and an honors student at Temple. Chantal hails from Alexandria, Va., and is majoring in advertising with a minor in art. In the first meet of her career as a freshman, Chantal placed second at the Temple Open, recording the highest-ever finish for an epeeist at the meet in program history. She went on to win the gold medal at the NIWFA Championships, and like her teammate Epiphany in foil, Chantal has won the conference championship in epee each year of her career. As a freshman, she went on to finish 20th at the NCAA Championships after finishing seventh at the NCAA Regionals. As a sophomore, Chantal posted a 53-32 record and went undefeated 12 times, eventually successfully defending her conference title. She placed 11th at the NCAA Regional that season, and placed 15th in the regional meet as a junior after winning her third straight conference title. Chantal has twice been named to Temple's President's Honor Roll for posting a GPA of 3.5 or above, and as a junior she was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team. Chantal started her senior season with a third place finish at the Temple Open. In Temple's most recent meet at Duke, Chantal went 6-2, and just two weeks ago, she was named the National Fencer of the Week by College Fencing 360 after going 16-4 at the Northwestern Duals. Her career record as of Saturday stands at 171-117.
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