The St. John’s fencingteam came in second placeoverall with two individualnational champions at theNCAA championships atHarvard on Sunday.
It was the fi fth time theRed Storm had fi nished secondand the fi rst time they fi nishedthat high since 2007
The Johnnies were led onthe men’s side by sophomoresabre Daryl Homer and sophomoreepee Marat Israelian,who both won individualNCAA championships.
The second place finishcontinues St. John’s string ofimpressive fi nishes. They havefi nished sixth or betterevery year since 1993, includinga national championship in2001 and second place finishesin 1995, 2000, 2002 and 2007.
In addition, freshman sabreSean Buckley, senior foil AlexisLandreville and sophomore foilNicholas Vomero all earned AllAmerica honors.
Homer led the way throughoutthe day for the Johnnies.
After an almost perfect performancein the regionals on March14th at Brown, he picked upright where he left off at Harvard.He earned the second seedin the fi nal bracket in the sabrecompetition with a 20-3 record.
In the semifi nals, he beatNotre Dame junior Avery Zuck15-10. He then moved on tobeat Daniel Bak by the samescore in the fi nals to win hisfi rst individual championship.Israelian, who came in fourthat the regionals, went 19-4 toearn the top seed in the fi nalepee bracket. He earned a 15-9victory over Columbia seniorDwight Smith in the semifi naland then outlasted Air Forcesenior Peter French 14-10.
Israelian’s win was an upset.Wayne State senior and fellowIsraeli Slava Zingerman had wonthree individual epee championshipsin a row and was favoredto be the fi rst person to winfour straight.
But Zingerman fi nishedseventh and failed to make thefi nal bracket, giving Israelianthe opportunity to continue hiscountry’s streak.
On the women’s side, fi veJohnnies garnered All Americahonors. Junior sabre DagmaraWozniak, an alternate on theUnited States Olympic team in2008, fi nished third for the secondstraight year.
A trio of freshmen womenearned All America honors. FoilEvgeniya Kirpicheva placedthird in her national debutwhile epee Sanne Gars camein fi fth and foil Irina Korolevafi nished ninth.
Junior sabre Martyna Wieczorekwas the fi fth All-Americanwoman, placing tenth.
The women put the RedStorm in the lead after the fi rstday of competition. They won58 bouts on the fi rst day whichput them four ahead of eventualchampion Penn State.
They kept the lead throughthe third day of competitionwith 152 victories, compared to150 for Penn State, but the NittanyLions roared back on thefourth and fi nal day to fi nish with191 victories, nine more thanSt. John’s 182. It was thesecond straight nationalchampionship for the PennState team.