The youth of the North Carolina fencing team has shown strong in this year’s individual competitions — and this weekend was no different.
First-year Connor Ritchey led all Tar Heels after tying for third place in men’s saber in the Kansas City North American Cup over the weekend. Fellow first-year Mathew Garrelick also had a successful outing in men's sabre, adding a 27th-place finish.
First-year Jason Xu fared well for the men, as well, finishing 22nd in epee after tying for third place in his previous competition.
Ian Head — a first-year fencer from London — was the only Tar Heel to participate in men's foil, as he finished tied for 193rd place.
Each of the performances by Ritchey, Garrelick and Xu gained points for North Carolina, which helps the Tar Heels with seeding and qualifications in future competitions.