In its first collegiate competition of the year, the North Carolina fencing team turned to fresh faces for a solid start to the season.
Both the men's and women's teams fared well for UNC in the Temple Open in Philadelphia, as four Tar Heels finished in the top-10 over the weekend — including two first-year fencers.
The women's squad showed consistency on Saturday, with each competitor placing in the top half of their respective fields. Junior Amanda Lalezarian led the way with a tie for sixth place in women's foil, while sophomore Meredith Bozentka finished in eighth for women's sabre.
On the men's side, the underclassmen shined on Sunday. First-year Connor Ritchey had the highest mark for the Tar Heels, tying for third in men's sabre. First-year Jason Xu notched an eighth-place mark in men's epee, while Ritchey's teammate on the men's sabre squad — first-year Matthew Garrelick — finished in 13th place.