North Carolina’s fencing team placed first in four out of six categories, including a sweep of the men’s events, at the Temple Intercollegiate Open in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Taking the top honors were sophomore Lidea Shahidi in the women’s epee, senior Joe Alter in the men’s foil, junior Sam Austin in the men’s saber and junior Hayden Haberle in men’s epee.
UNC had five other finalists including Ian Kanar, who was runner up in the men’s foil, Jackson Bryant-Comstock who was third in the men’s sabre. Daniel Giles and Collins Alison were both finalists in the men’s epee and Kacie Albert was a finalist in the women’s epee.
“(The whole team) did a great job – from the walk-ons and first-year team to the starters and more experienced fencers,” assistant coach Matt Jednak said. “It was just a really, really good weekend for the team – I was very pleased.”
In fencing, the three categories – epee, saber and foil – differ based on the type of weapon used and the target area for contact. Whereas foil awards points for any contact, epee and saber require a depressed tip of the blade for points. Epee contact can be anywhere, saber contact must be above the waist and foil contact only includes the torso.