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Swarthmore to Host National Fencing Championships

Swarthmore to Host
National Fencing Championships

by Jacob Lewin '13

swarthmore fencing team
Team co-president Natasha Tonge '11 (right) at the NIWFA Invitational, where she won the individual silver medal. 

Swarthmore will host the United States Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs (USACFC) National Championships on Sat., Apr. 10, and Sun., Apr. 11. Events will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Lamb-Miller Field House. All events are free and open to the public.

The USACFC National Championships is the largest tournament for both men's and women's collegiate fencing in the world. With 41 teams competing in individual and team competitions in epee, sabre, and foil, this year's is also the largest to date.

The tournament is sponsored by the Swarthmore College Fencing Team, whose achievements in competition stand in stark contrast to its only three years of existence. The team's most recent success came at the South Atlantic Conference Championships held in Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend. The team returned with three trophies, six team medals, and 11 individual medals, including three gold.

"At Swarthmore, we have an excellent mix of dedicated, hard-working, intelligent student-athletes who constantly strive for continual improvement toward perfection," says Head Coach Marshal Davis. "We've even had the honor of being invited to fence at Notre Dame next year, one of the most storied, elite collegiate fencing programs in the country."