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Carlexa Fevry leads UNC women's fencing with fifth-place foil finish in Penn State Open

The North Carolina women's fencing team faced off against different universities from across the country on Saturday in the Penn State Open.

What happened?

UNC had 15 fencers participate in the three different events. First-year foiler Carlexa Fevry placed highest for the Tar Heels, earning a fifth-place finish in the women’s foil event.

Who stood out?

Fevry was the most successful, as she was the only member of UNC’s squad to place in the top 10 in any event.

The first-year Tar Heel eliminated Anna Zhou from Yale in the table of 16, but was eliminated by the Pennsylvania’s Nicole Vaiani in the table of eight.

When was it decided?

As the first contest of the event was fencing, Fevry set the bar high with her fifth-place finish.

However, UNC’s lack of overall success was decided with the epee and saber events, as the highest spot nabbed by Tar Heels in either of those contests were 22nd by Justine De Grasse and 12th by Diana Philpot, respectively.

Why does it matter?

With only one UNC fencer placing in the top 10 in any event, it’s likely that this is not how the team expected to perform, despite the steep competition provided by Notre Dame, Pennsylvania and Ohio State.

However, it is still early in the fencing team’s season and there are plenty of chances for improvement and growth.

Where do they play next?

The men compete on Sunday in the second half of the Penn State Open.


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