Despite the busy homecoming weekend in Chapel Hill, the North Carolina fencing team traveled to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the OSU Invitational Sunday.
OSU’s French Field House hosted the competition between Princeton, Penn State, Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Ohio State and UNC. Coach Ron Miller said he already knew the competition would be tough, but circumstances regarding injuries, illnesses and academic complications lead to a strange weekend.
“In this particular weekend we had five or six of our starters either not travelling or having to compete in different weapons,” Miller said. “So it was very difficult initially to make sure that we had both adequate numbers and people that would have a chance to make an impact.”
Coach Miller said the women kept their poise and energy up, and even though there were no complete individual performances from anyone in particular, the team did return to Chapel Hill with two squad victories.
“The women finished with an unusual amount of courage — our underclassmen, especially our freshman, pretty much carried the day for us,” Miller said. “We were competing against five of the top seven teams in the country, including the returning national champion and second place of last year.