Granville, OH ⎯ Denison women's fencing hosted their very first home event on Sunday as they took part in the Denison Winter Open held at the Mitchell Center in Granville. It proved to be one of the largest tournaments in the Midwest, hosting upwards of 150 fencers throughout the day.
The sabre team fought hard in both the mixed sabre and women's sabre events. Top results included freshman Tessy Udoh who earned 22nd place in the mixed event and eighth in the women's sabre event. Junior Sé DiFilippo wasn't far behind with a 29th place finish in the mixed event and ninth overall in the women's event. Freshman Mikayla Heath was on fire with an impressive fifth-place standing in the women's sabre category.
In epée news, senior Tuuli Qin-Terrill walked away with a fifth-place honor on the day, narrowly missing her "E" rating. Senior Hayley LeBlanc was not to be outdone with an equally hard-earned seventh-place finish, followed by junior Diyanshu Emandi who nabbed 12th overall and junior Denise Seifert who took 15th.
Most impressive on the day was the placing of freshman Nina de Laperouse, who came out on top with a silver medal to show for her hard work. Junior Amber Wardzala snagged fifth place, followed closely by Tianying Zhang in seventh and freshman Nor Tierney in eighth place.
The Denison women's fencing team prepared for this momentous tournament through training with the Ohio State University fencing team for a special one-on-one dual meet and joint practice session on Wednesday, January 15. The practice session proved to be the beginning of a great relationship between the two university teams. Qin-Terrill also foreshadowed Sunday's excellent performance with a close 5-4 bout against OSU's Jessica Thow.
The Denison women's fencing team will return to action on January 25th when they travel to Notre Dame, Ind. to take part in the DeCicco Duals.