First-year Beni Rabinowitz led the way for the North Carolina fencing team, finishing third in the men’s sabre competition as the Tar Heels turned in a solid performance at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals on Saturday.
The team traveled to Easton, Pa. to take part in the contest, the last of the season before the NCAA Championships.
Rabinowitz won seven of his eleven bouts in the final round of competition to clinch his place on the podium, placing third behind Karol Metryka of Penn State and Daniel Kwak of Princeton.
UNC’s Matthew Garrelick also performed well in men’s sabre, placing tenth out of 36 fencers after winning three of his bouts in the final round of pools. Daniel Mogilevsky and Connor Ritchey placed 21st and 24th, respectively.
In the women’s sabre, Jackie Litynski placed fifth, winning six of her bouts in the final round of pools, while Julia Parzecki came in at 15th. Clara Somfelean placed 27th, and Bridget Becchina finished 29th out of 36 fencers.
Justine de Grasse placed eighth in the women’s epee competition, while sisters Georgina and Charlotte Summers came in at 14th and 18th. Erin O’Neill finished 33rd.
The men’s epee saw four Tar Heels compete, but none of them managed to place higher than 20th . Jacob Henkels led the way in 20th with Joe Taylor close behind in 21st. Michael Facci and Charles Roth came in at 23rd and 33rd, respectively.
Wei Chee Chen placed ninth in the women’s foil, winning five of her bouts in the final round, while Aubrey Molloy tied for 23rd and Sydney Persing placed 28th.