Baltimore, MD. The Bryn Mawr College Vixens fencing team competed on Sunday, April 28th, at the Baltimore-Washington Collegiate Fencing Conference (BWCFC) championship tournament.
Over 120 fencers came to compete in three weapons, for a shot at gold, silver, or one of two bronze medals in foil, sabre, and épée. This was junior épée captain Marianne Wald and sabreist Carolyn Jacoby’s third times at BWCFC champs, and foil captain Emily Maroni and sabre and team captain Anna Kalinsky’s second time attending. New to BWCFC champs were épéeists Megan Guntrum and Elizabeth Vandenberg, foilists Raija Heikkila and Brittani Ivan, and sabreists Elizabeth Anne Newberry and Maho Okumura. The team was supported by seniors Ali Raeber, Abby Hochman; junior Rorrie Mankins, and freshman Maddie Dubin, as well as their coach, former Division 1A sabreist Ahren LaLonde.
In order to qualify for the championships, members had to compete at one of two seasonal BWCFC meets. In addition to these events, BMC fencers also attended BWCFC Chaos Open, Swarthmore Invitational Tournament, and a scrimmage match at Haverford. At champs, all fencers first competed in five or six person pools in five-touch bouts. Their results then were used to set up the brackets for direct elimination, in which bouts are fenced to fifteen touches or the end of a nine-minute time limit.
After an exciting six-person pool, Wald was seeded first among women épéeists. This gave her a pass for the first round of direct elimination (DE) brackets. She was victorious 7-13 in her first DE bout. Wald eventually fell 15-11 in the semifinals to Claire Durand of Temple, netting her third place. Durand would go on to win gold for women’s épée.
Despite being seeded eighth among women sabreists, Kalinsky was victorious in her second DE against the Naomi Mgalle of the US Naval Academy in an exciting 13-15 bout. She went on to defeat first-seeded sabreist Kimberly Chan of Drexel 14-15 in the semifinals. Kalinsky lost 15-5 in the gold medal bout against Jenna Sackler of Georgetown, earning a silver medal and high hopes for next year’s tournament.
This is the Vixens’ last tournament of the year, although practices will continue throughout finals.
Story/Photos by Anna Kalinsky