Fencing Roundup and a Look Ahead to Women’s Epee

The U.S. women’s epee squad from left to right: Susannah Scanlan, Maya Lawrence, Courtney Hurley and Kelley Hurley (USA Fencing).

On Friday morning, the U.S. men’s sabre squad, including Columbia’s James Williams ’07, opened the team competition with a quarterfinals loss to Russia, 45-33 and were then knocked-off by China, 45-28. Then, with Columbia’s Jeff Spear ’10 joining the fray as a sub for Williams, the Americans were defeated by Belarus, 45-35, to place eighth. Williams went 25-30 on the day, while Spear posted a 9-15 mark versus Belarus.

Looking ahead to Saturday, Princeton’s Maya Lawrence ’02 and Susannah Scanlan ’14 will compete for Team USA in the women’s fencing team epee tournament, which starts at 4:00 a.m. (ET). Joined by Notre Dame products Courtney and Kelley Hurley, the Americans have a tough quarterfinals draw as they will square off with Italy at 5:30 a.m. (ET). Women’s team epee is returning to the Olympic Games after taking its turn off the rotation at the Beijing Games. Currently ranked fifth in the world, the Americans will be looking to score and upset and fight their way onto the podium.

Here is a quick overview of how the Ivy fencing contingent has fared thus far in London

Columbia
Sherif Farrag ’09, Egypt (fencing, men’s foil)
– Team Foil: Aug. 5

Nzingha Prescod ’15 USA (fencing, women’s foil)
– Indiv. Foil Rd. of 32: Aida Mohamed (Hungary) def. Prescod, 15-10
– Team Foil Quarterfinals: Korea def. USA, 45-31 (Prescod T: 2-2, L: 5-4, W: 6-4)
– Team Foil Consolation 5-8: USA def. Japan, 44-22 (Prescod W: 4-0, W: 5-0, W: 6-4)
– Team Foil Consolation 5-8: Poland def. USA, 45-39 (Prescod L: 5-3, L: 4-2, L: 7-5)

Nicole Ross ’12, USA (fencing, women’s foil)
– Indiv. Foil Rd. of 32: Ines Boubakri (Tunisia) def. Ross, 15-8
– Team Foil Quarterfinals: Korea def. USA, 45-31 (Ross L: 5-3, W: 4-3, L: 9-6)
– Team Foil Consolation 5-8: USA def. Japan, 44-22 (Ross W: 6-5)
– Team Foil Consolation 5-8: Poland def. USA, 45-39 (Ross did not fence)

Jeff Spear ’10, USA (fencing, men’s sabre)
– Team Sabre Consolation 5-8: Belarus def. USA, 45-35 (Spear L: 5-3, L: 5-3, L: 5-3)

James Williams ’07, USA (fencing, men’s sabre)
– Indiv. Sabre Rd. of 32: Nikolay Kovalev (Russia) def. Williams, 15-12
– Team Sabre Quarterfinals: Russia def. USA, 45-33 (Williams L: 5-3, L: 5-3, T: 5-5)
– Team Sabre Consolation 5-8: China def. USA, 45-28 (Williams L: 5-4, W: 8-5, L: 5-2)
– Team Sabre Consolation 5-8: Belarus def. USA, 45-35 (Williams did not fence)

Princeton
Maya Lawrence ’02, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 32: Lawrence def. Mara Navarria (Italy), 15-12
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 16: Rossella Fiamingo (Italy) def. Lawrence, 15-7
– Team Epee: Aug. 4

Susannah Scanlan ’14, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 64: Olena Kryvystka (Ukraine) def. Scanlan, 15-13
– Team Epee: Aug. 4

Soren Thompson ’05, USA (fencing, men’s epee)
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 64: Joerg Fiedler (Germany) def. Thompson, 15-4

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