Ten Harvard Fencers Compete at USA Fencing North American Cup, Chang Captures Gold

Ten Harvard Fencers Compete at USA Fencing North American Cup, Chang Captures Gold

For the second straight year, Chang earned gold in the Junior Men's Foil (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

Complete Results

CLEVELAND – A total of ten Harvard fences took to the strip at the USA Fencing November North American Cup, Nov. 8-11. The event, which is a key qualifier for both the 2014 Senior and Junior World Championships, featured the best fencers on the continent, including over 1,000 athletes, and marked the first 2013-14 North American Cup of the year.

Foil fencer Jerry Chang took home the Junior men's foil gold medal to punch his ticket to compete at the Junior Worlds. The sophomore overcame a field of 174 fencers to claim first for the second straight year. In a dramatic gold medal bout, Chang downed Nobuo Bravo of Princeton by a 15-14 margin. The Mountain View, Calif., native also battled in the Division I men's foil where he tied for 11th.

Chang was joined in the foil by junior Brian Kaneshige, classmate Michael Woo, as well as freshman Stephen Mageras. Kaneshige put on an impressive show in the Division I pool where he finished seventh. Also in Division I action, Woo claimed 15th and Mageras turned in a 36th-place performance. Woo, who was seeded fourth in the junior's tournament, was knocked out of juniors elimination draw by Chang, and went on to finish 19th while Mageras finished 34th.

Senior Michael Raynis and Alexander Ryjik, Jr., rounded out Crimson men fencers. Raynis competed in the Division I men's epee while Ryjik fenced in the Division I men's saber.

Harvard was represented in each weapon on the women's side. Adrienne Jarocki paced the Crimson's women performances with a ninth-place finish in the Junior women's saber. The freshman also fenced in the Division I Saber where she took 17th.

In junior women's epee, Nina van Loon had an impressive run, finishing 17th out of 145 junior epee entrants. The sophomore took 57th in the Division I women's epee.

Freshman Hali Nelson turned in Harvard's ninth top-20 finish taking 10th in the Junior women's foil. Classmate Liana Yamin also competed in the event that featured 131 fencers.

Harvard's 2013-14 season will commence with the women at home against Tufts, Thursday, Dec. 5 while the men get underway three days later at the Tradition Tournament in Fairfield, Conn.