Six Crimson Fencers Take Strip at US National Championships

Six Crimson Fencers Take Strip at US National Championships

Kaneshige took fifth in the men’s foil (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – A total of six Harvard fence took the strip at the USA Fencing Division I National Championships at the Minneapolis Convention Center April 11-14. The event featured over 1,000 athletes vying for National Champion titles and positions on the 2014 Senior World Team over the course of the four-day event.

Foil fencer Brian Kaneshige finished just outside the podium with fifth in the men’s foil. The junior posted a 4-1 performance in pool play with a plus-10 scoring index to rank seventh into the direct elimination tables. After receiving a bye in round of 64, he clashed with James Weiss in the table of 32. After a back-and-forth bout, Kaneshige downed Weiss, 15-14, and went on to defeat Jeremy Goldsteain, 15-12. The Maplewood, N.J., native’s run was halted in the quarterfinals by the tournament’s second seed, Michael Dudey, 15-7.

Kaneshige was joined in the foil tournament by senior Lucas Lin and freshman Stephen Mageras.

After a 2-3 showing in pool action, Lin seeded 31st into the elimination table. The co-captain from White Plains, N.Y., was upset by No. 34 Drew Johnston, 15-11, in his opening bout to finish 34th.

Mageras fenced his way to an undefeated 5-0 record in the pools with a plus-16 scoring differential. As the top seed, the Darien, Conn., local drew a bye in the opening bout. He bested John Crumpler, 15-12, in the round of 34 before meeting 16th-ranked Max Blitzer in the table of 16. Mageras was knocked out of the elimination draw by Blitzer, 12-6, to finish in ninth place.

Senior Michael Raynis and rookie Alexander Eldeib fenced in the epee tournament. As the 35th ranked fencer after a 3-2 performance in pools, Raynis downed Scott Rostal, 15-14, before dropping a 15-10 decision in the round of 34 to the third seed Rob Rhea. Raynis, who hails from Chatsworth, Calif., took 29th while Eldeib turned in a 52nd-place finish.

Nina van Loon represented the Crimson women at the championships. The epeeist from Boulder, Colo., tallied 2-3 ledger in pools to seed 35th into the direct eliminations. After defeating Amanda Han, 15-7, van Loon lost to third-seeded Anna van Brummen, 15-12, in the table of 34 to take 30th.