North Carolina first-year foils Carlexa Fevry and Wei Chee Chen finished 35th and 36th at the Junior Olympic Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, this weekend.
UNC originally had at least 12 fencers that qualified for this tournament, but due to the ACC championships starting this upcoming weekend and several fencers needing rest, only three were considering attending — Fevry, Chen and Jackie Litynski. However, Litynski scratched because of a shoulder injury she suffered in the Duke dual meets a week earlier.
The championships started on Friday, but Fevry and Chen didn’t fence until Sunday in the junior women’s foil event.
The long wait seemed to have no effect, and the pair of foils came out on fire.
Each of young fencers went 5-0 in the in the five-touch seeding bouts of round one. Fevry’s performance earned her the 10th seed in the elimination round, and Chen grabbed the 12th seed. Both were given a one-match bye.