Becca Stanford
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Becca Stanford

Women's Fencing

Temple Fencers Earn Four Top-16 Finishes at January NAC

SAINT LOUIS, Mo. - Three Temple fencers placed in the top 16 of their respective events at the January North American Cup (NAC), held at the America's Center Convention Complex in Saint Louis from Jan. 8-11. Sophomore Becca Stanford led the way with impressive top-10 finishes in two different events.

Stanford placed 10th in Division I Women's Foil out of 152 competitors on Saturday, and followed it up with an eighth-place finish in Junior Women's Foil on Monday. In the latter event, Stanford narrowly lost 15-13 to the eventual winner. Teammate and senior Fatima Largaespada was also a semifinalist in Division I Women's Foil, placing 16th. Senior Demi Antipas finished 21st, and junior Miranda Litzinger was 51st.

"To have two in the top 16 in Division I Women's Foil, we were very, very pleased," said head coach Nikki Franke. "We haven't had a finish like that in that event in quite awhile, and it was an excellent result for them."

Sophomore Safa Ibrahim was a semifinalist in Division I Women's Epee, placing 11th overall out of 175 competitors. Junior Alexandra Keft placed 57th in the same event.

"Division I Women's Epee was probably our best event," said Franke. "In a field that large, to have Safa be a semifinalist was outstanding, and she lost to the eventual winner."

In Division I Women's Sabre, freshman Jessica Rockford was the Owls' top finisher, placing 33rd. Rockford was undefeated in the pool round, going 5-0. In Junior Women's Sabre, Rockford and fellow freshman Blessing Olaode placed 49th and 52nd, respectively, which Franke was pleased with.

"This tournament was a good way for us to start the second semester," said Franke. "We really had a good showing overall and one of the best showings we've had at a NAC in some time. I was as pleased with the results that we had as I was with the team's effort and the way they supported each other."

Next up for Temple is the Penn State Invitational this weekend on Saturday, Jan. 16.


Full Results (events listed in order of competition date)
Junior Women's Epee (130 competitors)
107. Quinn Duwelius
113. Fiona Fong

Division I Women's Foil (152 competitors)
10. Becca Stanford
16. Fatima Largaespada
21. Demi Antipas
51. Miranda Litzinger
93. Kristen Kemnitzer
102. Auset Muhammad

Junior Women's Sabre (109 competitors)
49. Jessica Rockford
52. Blessing Olaode

Division I Women's Epee (175 competitors)
11. Safa Ibrahim
57. Alexandra Keft
92. Quinn Duwelius
99. Fiona Fong
154. Jessica Hall

Division I Women's Sabre (117 competitors)
33. Jessica Rockford
68. Blessing Olaode
74. Petra Khan
109. Gloria Aguilar
110. Victoria Suber

Junior Women's Foil (132 competitors)
8. Becca Stanford
49. Auset Muhammad
 
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