Coach Ron Miller, who anticipated some rust from his athletes, thought the lack of practice time played a role in how the tournament went.
“It was a good reality check,” Miller said. “Jumping right back into competition and going up against fencers who have the ability to challenge or even beat you will be good for our team going forward.”
“Some of our athletes performed above our expectations and some didn’t perform as well as they had hoped. Overall, the weekend went as we thought it would go.”
Litynski’s performance was not the only impressive one. Other notable finishes were Cailtin Malone and Sarah Hanvy, who finished 39th and tied for 34th, respectively in the Division-I Women’s Sabre. Amanda Lalezarian also finished 20th in the Junior Women’s Foil.
Lalezarian, who started her day going 5-1 in the first round, attributed her success to the momentum her strong start gave her.
“I was able to keep a level head, enjoy my fencing and make decisions that I would not have made if I was under a lot of pressure,” Lalezarian said.
But despite the impressive performance, Litynski still shined above the others.
She kept a level head as well, performing in one of the toughest events at the tournament.
“She was simply ready,” Miller said. “She was in the zone.”
While Litynski was disappointed with the second half of her semifinal match, she looks forward to facing the same opponent, Harvard’s Adrienne Jarocki — who won the event — again later in the season.
“I think I lost focus and there were opportunities that I did not take,” Litynski said. “But I saw some things in that match that I will use when I play her again.”