S: Kevin Nadeau - University of North Carolina 2008-2012
BC: Carolina Fencing The Ultimate Sport | PHOTO BY MELISSA LAUREN KEY
1: To our Wonderful Son, Kevin: This picture was taken in Atlanta, when we were all taking you to start school at The University of North Carolina. We had no idea then that your college career could possibly be so successful in every way: academically, athletically and personally. Now that you've graduated, we hope this book will remind you how very proud we are of you and all your collegiate accomplishments. We're confident you'll enjoy continued happiness and success in your personal and business endeavors. Congratulations, and best of luck to you! Love, M & D | Photos courtesy of Susun and Ron Miller, Ray Parker, Hannah, Katie, and many, many more of Kevin's family members, friends and teammates. Please accept our profound gratitude.
2: Oct. 1, 2008 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina fencing team will open its 2008-09 season at home on Oct. 26th, hosting the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association (MACFA) Dual Meets at Fetzer Gym. A field of eight, including the Tar Heels, is expected for the action, which is UNC's first home meet since the 2004-05 season. "The team is really excited to have a home meet this year," said senior fencer Ben Gellis, a men's epee captain. "It's a great chance to perform in our own backyard in front of our friends and fellow students, bringing our sport forward on campus." The Tar Heels ended a strong 2007-08 season with a 17th place finish at the NCAA Championships and are looking to improve on that mark this year. "I can't think of but maybe one other team we've had that came back anywhere close to the same condition this team has," said UNC coach Ron Miller, who is in his 42nd season at the program's helm. "We were able to start into more complex actions and more true fencing-related actions sooner than normal." Throughout the season, UNC will have the opportunity to face 15 of the top 20 teams in the nation, providing a valuable barometer come tournament time. Other fall competition includes meets at Penn State, Haverford and Temple. The Tar Heels will compete again locally at the Duke Dual Meets Feb. 6-7 in Durham, N.C. The 2009 NCAA Championships will be hosted by Penn State in State College, Pa., with women's competition March 19-20 and men's competition March 21-22. | Total 2008-2009 Results Men 29-8, Women 17-10 | 2008-2009 Roster
3: Majoring in mathematics...Also a member of the Marching Tar Heels band Fencing at UNC: In his first year on the fencing squad Before UNC: Attended Stephen F. Austin High School Personal: Born May 28, 1990, in Austin, Texas Son of Mike and Darlene Nadeau...Has one brother, Bennett (16) More on Nadeau: Favorite pastime is watching movies...Favorite sport other than fencing is Ultimate Frisbee...Favorite food is cheeseburgers...Fun fact is that he spoke Spanish before English...Pet peeve is writing papers...Little-known talent is that he can bend his thumb 90 degrees backward. | 2008-2009 Schedule 10/26/08 MACFA Dual Meets Chapel Hill, N.C. 11/02/08 PSU Intercollegiate Open State College, Pa. 11/09/08 MACFA Dual Meets (Haverford) Bryn Mawr, Pa. 11/15-11/16 Temple Intercollegiate Open Philadelphia, Pa. 01/10-11/11 UPenn Invitational Philadelphia, Pa. 01/24/09 MACFA Dual Meets (Johns Hopkins) Baltimore, Md. 01/25/09 Princeton Dual Meets Princeton, N.J. 01/31/09 Northwestern Dual Meets Evanston, Ill. 02/01/09 Northwestern Dual Meets Evanston, Ill. 02/06-02/07 Duke Dual Meets (Men) Durham, N.C. 02/22/09 MACFA Conference Championships (Men) Easton, Pa. 03/07/09 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals Madison, N.J. 03/19-3/20 NCAA Championships State College, Pa. | Total 2008-2009 Results Men 29-8, Women 17-10 | Oct. 1, 2008 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina fencing team will open its 2008-09 season at home on Oct. 26th, hosting the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association (MACFA) Dual Meets at Fetzer Gym. A field of eight, including the Tar Heels, is expected for the action, which is UNC's first home meet since the 2004-05 season. "The team is really excited to have a home meet this year," said senior fencer Ben Gellis, a men's epee captain. "It's a great chance to perform in our own backyard in front of our friends and fellow students, bringing our sport forward on campus." The Tar Heels ended a strong 2007-08 season with a 17th place finish at the NCAA Championships and are looking to improve on that mark this year. "I can't think of but maybe one other team we've had that came back anywhere close to the same condition this team has," said UNC coach Ron Miller, who is in his 42nd season at the program's helm. "We were able to start into more complex actions and more true fencing-related actions sooner than normal." Throughout the season, UNC will have the opportunity to face 15 of the top 20 teams in the nation, providing a valuable barometer come tournament time. Other fall competition includes meets at Penn State, Haverford and Temple. The Tar Heels will compete again locally at the Duke Dual Meets Feb. 6-7 in Durham, N.C. The 2009 NCAA Championships will be hosted by Penn State in State College, Pa., with women's competition March 19-20 and men's competition March 21-22.
4: Pre-Season Tournaments | NCFDP Opens 9/14 Mixed Foil 9/21 Mixed Epee 10/5 Men's Epee 10/12 Men's Foil | Big Blue Open 9-27-08 1st Place Mixed Epee 1st Place Mixed Foil
5: Oct. 23, 2008 Comments from UNC fencing coach Ron Miller: This is going to be a good year. We have a lot of people back, and then we have three significant new recruits. We had a smaller tryout than normal, in the context that we only had 30 people go through tryouts and we selected seven. So, our team is actually among the smallest that it's been in recent years at only 52 for combined men and women, but it will be a very good team. Even of the people that we selected from our tryouts, three of them have had previous experience. We only have four people on the team that have never fenced before. September and October is kind of our shakedown period. Usually, in September we don't even compete. We normally just have a practice environment and do a lot of conditioning and things of that nature. The team came back in great condition. I can't think of but maybe one other team that came back anywhere close to the same condition this team has, so we're in good shape. We were able to start into more complex actions and more true fencing-related actions sooner than normal. Usually this period is less fencing-specific and actually this year we jumped right in, so we're three weeks ahead. The United States Fencing Association (USFA) is our parent organization, and the North Carolina division of that is back on track. Now every weekend, pretty much from now until the end of the season, if we don't have a collegiate event, we have a USFA event, so that means everyone can compete all the time. The difference is that's open competition so they're not representing the school. It's not on the regular schedule, it's up to the individual to do it. They're not going to improve if they don't compete. The ACC has only three schools that fence at a varsity level. Every other school in the ACC has a club team and we compete against those club teams, but right now they're not at a varsity level. We're hoping that's going to change in the future. When we left the conference, there were four varsity programs and that's what's necessary for us to come back. Clemson, Virginia Tech, a couple other schools have very strong club programs that are rated very high nationally in the club nationals. There are actually about 70 teams in the club nationals, which is more than the varsity programs. They compete at an organized level, just not at a varsity level, but Carolina, Duke, and Boston College are the three varsity teams left in the ACC. We joined an association called the MACFA, which is Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association. They're mainly Mid-Atlantic, but it goes as far north as Vassar and as far south as Florida, so it's a large conference. It's divided into three regions or sections, so we compete within our region and then our region competes against the other two. We really have three main weekends where we have a local round-robin, which is what we have here in October, and then we go to Haverford and Hopkins to compete against the other groups. We do fence everyone in the conference at least once during the regular season. Some of the schools, the stronger schools like Drew, Hopkins and Haverford, we meet two or sometimes three times during the year, but only two can count for postseason. We see them on a regular basis and we've seen them for years, so it's not like we haven't already had an association with them. And the MACFA tournament is a good competition. | And then we have a freshman who is an A fencer from New York named Andy Valiunas and he should be very good. We have some other good kids on that weapon as well, so the men's strength and depth is outstanding, probably the best and most consistent we've had over all three weapons. Foil squad is much stronger the last several years. Epee is about the same, maybe starting the season not as experienced as usual, but sabre is definitely one of the top two or three sabre squads in the country. On the women's side in foil, May-Lynne Chen-Contino and Katie Williamson are the obvious power because both of them had great seasons last year. May qualified for the second year in a row for the NCAA finals. The other senior is Jessica Wacker, one of the co-captains. She's been an off-and-on starter for all four years, so we expect good things for that squad, too. We have another young lady who is a Morehead Scholar from England, Marion Boulicault, and she was at one point ranked 14th in Great Britain. So that squad, although it's small, has pretty good power. Women's sabre, just like the men's side, is outstanding. To an already good squad, we added the freshman who was the top fencer in the Midwest, Mary Saran, who is also a two-year All-American goalie in lacrosse. All three starters return; Jennifer Sawicki is a junior, Patti Sanders is a junior, and Jennifer Clark is a senior. And then Monica Kim, a local girl from Chapel Hill, is also a senior. All five of them could start for any team in the country. That weapon is loaded. J.J. Raynor, who is the Student Body President, is also in that weapon. Last year, she had a very good tournament at the beginning of the year and then got involved with the election and couldn't be around quite as much as she normally was. Women's epee, we have our numbers one and three on a leave of absence. That weapon looks decimated at the top, but it's not. Melissa Litschi, who's a sophomore, and Christina Abruzzini, who's a junior, really have strong leadership and strong abilities. Helen Marino is an athlete who moved over for us. She was in sabre and we moved her over to epee last year. She is still a strong competitor in both. The other thing that's a little bit different for us this year is that we have a complete staff for the first time in about six years. Josh Webb and I are the primary coaches. I'm the head coach, Josh is the primary assistant. Then we have Joe Pipkin, who was one of our athletes last year, coming back sort of as the head coach of our developmental program, so for our younger kids he's going to be primarily responsible for them. Jamaal Green is coming back as a volunteer and Matt Jednak as a volunteer - both were strong athletes for us in the past, and they'll be working also with that developmental group and also taking up some of the load for us in terms of conditioning and footwork in practice so Josh and I can focus on the higher-level people. And then we still have one athlete who was a four-time NCAA participant for us, Wes Newkirk, who also will be with us. We'll have six coaches, which is the NCAA limit, and that really will help us in terms of providing individual attention and focus. | We're really excited about everyone on the team. At this point, it's too early to tell who's starting for sure. We only have one returning starter in men's foil, which is Alex Grigorenko, and he's a senior. He's a transfer from Notre Dame, and he fenced two years for them. He really was our No. 1 last year and will probably be expected to be the same this year. He's one of our co-captains in that weapon. The other co-captain, Nate Seaman, is abroad this semester, but he is also a senior and he'll be back. He was a part-time starter last year. He started the beginning of the season, then someone else moved him out a little bit, but he's still expected to challenge for a starting position. Kevin Nadeau is our freshman, and he won his first foil competition. He's a very strong fencer from Texas. Katie Williamson, who was one of our top two fencers in women's foil last year, comes from the same club, and they both have been great additions to our program. I've known their coach for years. Also in men's foil, David Skwerer, is a junior. David's a junior, Kevin's a freshman, Alex is a senior, and Nate's a senior. So those are the top guys, although Justin Pruitt and Caleb Pardue are moving up very quickly, and then we have two new guys, both with a little bit of experience. JeeHo Kim started in June in Raleigh fencer's club, and Jay Goss started actually in our own club in NCFDP about five years ago when he was in middle school, but he hasn't fenced much since then. Men's sabre is probably our strongest, deepest and most experienced weapon. Bobby Ziechmann has been to NCAA's three years in a row, is a senior and obviously the starter. His younger brother, Kevin, who will be a sophomore this year, also went to NCAA's last year as a freshman. Will Randolph is our captain and has been the sole captain of our squad for three years and also won the leadership award for the Carolina Leadership Academy. He and Bobby are co-captains this year since Will graduates in December. So Bobby's a senior, Will's a senior, and J.P. Powell is also a senior. David Winer, who came in as a freshman last year, qualified for NCAA regionals and finished 13th out of 40 fencers and was the only one of our fencers who didn't make the finals, but he missed it by one touch. Our sabre squad is very deep at the top and also very deep all the way down. Men's epee, we lost the number one to graduation, one of the few graduation losses for this year. But the other two guys that started, Eric Hsieh and Jarrett Rodrigues, return. And then we have a senior leader who is the captain of this squad, Ben Gellis. Ben has made remarkable progress over the last two years. He came in with some pretty good skills but not much in the way of physical conditioning. Over the last three years he's really come a long way. He had a great close of the season last year with some strong victories over Notre Dame, one of the top teams in the country. So we're looking forward to good things from Ben.
6: Home meet is Carolina's first since 2004. Oct. 26, 2008 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina fencing team hosted its first home meet since 2004 on Sunday and ended the day with a perfect record. The men's team had five meets and the women had three at the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association "C" Dual Meets Round Robin, held at Fetzer Gym. Other tournament participants were varsity squads from Haverford and Johns Hopkins and club teams from Virginia, Virginia Tech and William & Mary. Starting at 9:30 a.m., both the UNC men and women had successful meets against Virginia. The men followed suit against Virginia Tech and William & Mary. Those schools did not bring full women's squads, so the women picked it up competition again against Haverford and then Johns Hopkins alongside the men's squad. "For early season, we did phenomenally," UNC coach Ron Miller said. "In terms of where we need to be for postseason, we made a good start." The UNC's men's sabre team dominated throughout the day, losing no more than two bouts of the nine in any meet. In fact, no UNC weapon won fewer than three bouts in any of the day's matchups. Senior Bobby Ziechmann, a men's sabre captain, had a particularly strong day. When asked about his squad's performance, he said, "This group has been together for four years. With the exception of my brother, Kevin, the starters are all seniors. We've grown pretty close and been together for so long and really enjoy competing alongside one another." UNC's men had its closest meet of the day with Johns Hopkins, the only team in the MACFA to hand Carolina a loss last year. The Tar Heels pulled it out 16-11. "It's very good to start off the year by beating a team that's given us trouble before," said men's epee captain Ben Gellis, a senior. The whole squad was very excited to have a home meet. No one currently on the team had been part of the UNC squad for a home meet, so Sunday's was special. "We aren't tired from a night on the bus, we're sleeping in our own beds and not in a motel, and we have our friends here and our supporters to come and cheer us on," sophomore Katie Williamson said. "That really means a lot. It's good to be home." | Round 1: North Carolina v. Virginia Men: UNC 24 - UVA 3 Foil: UNC 8 - UVA 1 Sabre: UNC 8 - UVA 1 Epee: UNC 8 - UVA 1 Women: UNC 20 - UVA 7 Foil: UNC 8 - UVA 1 Sabre: UNC 8 - UVA 1 Epee: UNC 4 - UVA 5 Round 2: North Carolina v. Virginia Tech Men: UNC 23 - VT 4 Foil: UNC 8 - VT 1 Sabre: UNC 9 - VT 0 Epee: UNC 6 - VT 3 Round 3: North Carolina v. William & Mary Men: UNC 19 - WM 8 Foil: UNC 8 - WM 1 Sabre: UNC 8 - WM 1 Epee: UNC 3 - WM 6 | Round 4: North Carolina v. Haverford Men: UNC 17 - HAV 10 Foil: UNC 4 - HAV 5 Sabre: UNC 7 - HAV 2 Epee: UNC 6 - HAV 3 Women: UNC 21 - HAV 6 Foil: UNC 8 - HAV 1 Sabre: UNC 9 - HAV 0 Epee: UNC 4 - HAV 5 Round 5: North Carolina v. Johns Hopkins Men: UNC 16 - JH 11 Foil: UNC 3 - JH 6 Sabre: UNC 7 - JH 2 Epee: UNC 6 - JH 3 Women: UNC 21 - JH 6 Foil: UNC 8 - JH 1 Sabre: UNC 8 - JH 1 Epee: UNC 5 - JH 4 | Tar Heels Perfect In Season Opener
7: Miller was very pleased to open his 42nd season with a great dual meet. "I think the biggest difference between this year early season and last year is maturity level in the context that the more experienced athletes have done this before, a lot, and they carried the people that are new that have never been in a collegiate dual meet," Miller said. "Really, it was a pleasure."
8: Williamson, Sawicki, Nadeau Lead UNC At Penn State Nov. 4, 2008 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Sophomore Kaitlin Williamson took fifth in the women's foil, junior Jennifer Sawicki was sixth in the women's sabre and freshman Kevin Nadeau was 10th in the men's foil as North Carolina's fencers competed at the Penn State Garret Open Saturday and Sunday. The Tar Heel trio led the way as UNC had at least one fencer in the top 16 in all but men's epee in the open-format competition. In addition to Williamson's finish in women's foil, junior May-Lynne Chen-Contino was 27th, sophomore Hannah Thurman was 35 and senior Jessica Wacker was 41st. In women's epee, sophomore Melissa Litschi was 15th and senior Christina Abruzzini was 17th, missing the top 16 by just one touch. In addition, sophomore Mary Helen Marino was 44th, junior Annie Moran was 46th and junior Anna Ballance was 57th. After Sawicki in women's sabre, junior Patti Sanders was 22nd, senior Mary Borgo 23rd and senior Jennifer Clark 26th. On the men's side, senior Bobby Ziechmann made the top 16 in men's sabre, finishing 14th. Sophomore Kevin Ziechmann was 20th, senior Will Randolph 22nd, junior John Powell 24th and sophomore David Winer 27th. Following Nadeau in men's foil, senior Alex Grigorenko was 36th, sophomore David Skwerer 39th, sophomore Justin Pruitt 41st and junior Caleb Pardue 56th. The top finish in men's epee was senior Benjamin Gellis at 31. Junior Nick Stone finished 33rd, senior Sean Skwerer 39th, sophomore Jarrett Rodrigues 44th, freshman Andy Valiunas 45th and sophomore Eric Hsieh 51st. The Tar Heels compete this Sunday at Haverford College in MACFA Dual Meets.
9: Tar Heels Sweep Competition At Haverford Open UNC remains undefeated in MACFA dual meets. Nov. 11, 2008 HAVERFORD, Pa. - The North Carolina fencing team remained undefeated in Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association dual meets by sweeping the competition Sunday in round robin action at Haverford's Fieldhouse. The Carolina women opened with a 20-7 win against Johns Hopkins then went on to beat Army (20-7), Haverford (19-8) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (26-1). The UNC men kicked off the day with a 21-6 victory against Cornell before downing Army 26-1. After a 27-0 shutout over Yesheva, the Tar Heels beat Stonybrook (25-2), Stevens Institute of Technology (18-9) and NJIT (24-3) to close out the day. Throughout the day, the Tar Heels suffered just one loss, in women's epee to Haverford. | Men: UNC 21 vs Cornell 6 Sabre UNC 9 CU 0 Foil UNC 5 CU 4 Epee UNC 7 CU 2 UNC 26 vs Army 1 Sabre UNC 9 USMA 0 Foil UNC 8 USMA 1 Epee UNC 9 USMA 0 UNC 27 vs Yesheva 0 Sabre, Foil, Epee UNC 9 YU 0 UNC 25 vs Stony Brook 2 Sabre UNC 9 SB 0 Foil UNC 7 SB 2 Epee UNC 9 SB 0 UNC 18 vs Stevens 9 Sabre UNC 7 SIT 2 Foil UNC 6 SIT 3 Epee UNC 5 SIT 4 UNC 24 vs NJIT 3 Sabre UNC 9 NJIT 0 Foil UNC 7 NJIT 2 Epee UNC 8 NJIT 1 | Ziechmann Leads Strong Showing For Tar Heels UNC fencers fare well at Temple Open. Nov. 17, 2008 PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Kevin Ziechmann turned in the weekend's top performance with second place in men's sabre as the North Carolina fencing team competed at the Temple Open Saturday and Sunday. The Tar Heel placed at least two fencers in the top 20 in each weapon in a strong team showing. Just behind Kevin Zeichmann was his brother, Bobby, a senior who finished seventh in sabre in the men's competition on Sunday. Senior Will Randolph was 12th and junior John Powell placed 17th. UNC's top men's epeeists finished as a group, with sophomore Eric Hsieh placing 18th, sophomore Jarrett Rodrigues finishing 19th, and senior Ben Gellis ending at 20th. Two Carolina men cracked the top 16 in foil as senior Alex Grigorenko finished 12th and freshman Kevin Nadeau placed 14th. Junior Caleb Pardue finished 32nd in a competitive field. In women's competition on Saturday, sophomore Katie Williamson led the way with a tie for third place in foil. Junior teammate May-Lynne Chen-Contino finished not far behind in eighth. Senior Jessica Wacker and sophomore Hannah Thurman finished 34th and 35th, respectively. The women's sabre squad also boasted a top-five finisher as junior Jennifer Sawicki tied for fifth. Senior Monica Kim placed 11th and junior Patti Sanders 12th to help round out the top-16 elimination round. Seniors Jennifer Clark and Mary Borgo also had strong days, placing 27th and 29th. For the women's epée team, sophomore Melissa Litschi finished in 17th place. Senior Christina Abruzzini landed in 20th place. Three other Tar Heels finished in the top 50: juniors Delaney Nolan at 34th, Annie Moran at 42nd, and Corban Davis at 44th. | Women: UNC 20 vs. Johns Hopkins 7 Sabre: UNC 7 JHU 2 Foil: UNC 7 JHU 2 Epee: UNC 6 JHU 3 UNC 20 vs Army 7 Sabre: UNC 8 USMA 1 Foil: UNC 6 USMA 3 Epee: UNC 6 USMA 3 UNC 19 vs Haverford 8 Sabre: UNC 9 HC 0 Foil UNC 6 HC 3 Epee UNC 4 HC 5 UNC 26 vs New Jersey Tech 1 Sabre UNC 9 NJIT 0 Foil UNC 9 NJIT 0 Epee UNC 8 NJIT 1 | Nadeau Competes at North American Cup Championships Nov. 2008 Kevin Nadeau earns points and maintains his national ranking with 23rd place finish in USFA Junior Men's Foil event.
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12: Carolina Gets Mixed Results At Princeton Tar Heels beat Haverford, fall to Princeton and Cornell Jan. 25, 2009 PRINCETON, N.J. - The North Carolina men's and women's fencing squads competed at the Princeton Dual Meets on Sunday, beating Haverford and falling to Princeton and Cornell. UNC continued its dominance over Haverford, beating the Fords 21-6 on the men's side and 18-9 on the women's side. The Carolina men's epee squad and women's sabre squad enjoyed particular success, each winning eight bouts to one for Haverford. Sophomore Eric Hsieh led the way for that Tar Heel men's epee team, going undefeated and surrendering only four touches in all three bouts, including a flawless victory in his first bout. Junior Patti Sanders dominated for the women's sabre squad, also going undefeated in her three bouts and locking up the team victory. Both squads fell to Princeton, the men 19-9 and the women 17-10. The UNC women's sabre team again starred against Princeton, taking its match 6-3 as the only Tar Heel squad to beat the Tigers. None of the men's teams were able to take enough bouts from Princeton to win, a rare occurrence for the Tar Heels. The Carolina women's team opened the day against Cornell, falling 16-11. UNC won 5-4 in sabre, but the other weapons did not enjoy the same success and the women's squad was unable to claim the victory. | Tar Heels Back In The Swing Of Competition UNC men and women fence at Penn Multi-Meet Jan. 12, 2009 PHILADELPHIA - The North Carolina men's and women's fencing teams got back into the swing of competition over the weekend at the Penn Multi-Meets, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at the Quakers' Hutchinson Gym. The Tar Heel women went 3-3 on Saturday and the men were 3-2 on Sunday. "This was our first really strong competition of the year," UNC coach Ron Miller said. "It was rough coming straight back from break to this competition but everyone fenced with courage and intensity. Even though the meets that we did lose were only by a few bouts, those bouts were almost all 4-5 bouts. Really, we were within touches of winning the meet. Even with the losses, everyone stayed focused regardless of the outcome, win or lose." The competition was UNC's first in almost two months, since the Temple Invitational on Nov. 15-16. The experienced men's and women's sabre squads were the strongest and most consistent performers on the weekend, and the men's epee squad fenced particularly well in key bouts. On Saturday, the UNC women dropped their first two matches of the day, falling to Temple 19-8 and to Northwestern 18-9. The Tar Heels' first win came against Fairleigh Dickinson in commanding fashion, 24-3. Carolina then fell to the host Quakers (21-6) before closing the day with a pair of wins. UNC beat Sacred Heart 19-8 then provided a grand finale to the day with a 16-11 win over backyard-rival Duke. On Sunday, the UNC men opened with three wins - over Sacred Heart, Johns Hopkins and New Jersey Institute of Technology - before dropping the last two to finish 3-2 on the day. UNC fell 18-9 to host Penn then capped the day with a 16-11 loss to Duke. UNC Women's Results UNC vs. Temple: L, 8-19 UNC vs. Northwestern: L, 9-18 UNC vs. FDU: W, 24-3 UNC vs. Penn: L, 6-21 UNC vs. Sacred Heart: W, 19-8 UNC vs. Duke: W, 16-11 UNC Men's Results UNC vs. Sacred Heart: W, 20-7 UNC vs. Johns Hopkins: W, 16-11 UNC vs. NJIT: W, 23-4 UNC vs Penn: L, 9-18 UNC vs. Duke: L, 11-16 | UNC W vs. Cornell: Cornell wins 16-11 Sabre: UNC 5-4 Foil: Cornell 5-4 Epee: Cornell 7-2 UNC W vs. Princeton Princeton wins 17-10 Sabre: UNC 6-3 Foil: Princeton 6-3 Epee: Princeton 8-1 UNC M vs. Princeton Princeton wins 19-9 Sabre: Princeton 7-2 Foil: Princeton 7-2 Epee: Princeton 5-4 UNC W vs. Haverford UNC wins 18-9 Sabre: UNC 8-1 Foil: UNC 7-2 Epee: Haverford 6-3 UNC M vs. Haverford UNC wins 21-6 Sabre: UNC 6-3 Foil UNC 7-2 Epee UNC 8-1 | Nadeau Competes at North American Cup Championships Jan. 2009 Kevin Nadeau earns points and maintains his national ranking with 27th place finish in USFA Junior Men's Epee event.
13: Jan. 31, 2009 Ron Miller Gets 1,200th Win The Tar Heels' longest-tenured coach reaches milestone. UNC fencing coach Ron Miller, now in his 42nd year at the program's helm, got his 1,200th career win Saturday as his team competed at the Northwestern Duals in Evanston, Ill. The landmark victory came in the afternoon, midway through a long day of competition for both the men's and women's squads. "All of us in the UNC Athletic Department applaud Coach Miller and congratulate him on this milestone," said Beth Miller, Senior Associate A.D. for Olympic Sports. "He does a fantastic job with his program, not only in coaching his fencers but also in preparing them for what they go on to do beyond graduation. So much hard work has gone into each of those wins and it's great to have a landmark like this when we can pause for a moment and recognize his great success." | Tar Heels Fare Well At Northwestern Duals Miller's 1,200th win highlights strong weekend of competition. EVANSTON, Ill. - The North Carolina men's and women's fencing squads competed against some of the country's top teams at the Northwestern Duals Saturday and Sunday, emerging with winning records and experience that should aid the team when it reaches the postseason. The weekend's highlight came on Saturday, when the Tar Heel women's win over Johns Hopkins pushed coach Ron Miller to the 1,200-wins mark for his 42-year career. "It was a very good weekend," Miller said. "Our main focus was to try to qualify people for the NCAA regionals and we were quite successful in that." Miller's record now stands at 1,206-539. He has been the head coach at UNC since the men's team was founded in 1967-68 and also has coached the women's team since 1971-72. There wasn't much lead-up to the pivotal win on Saturday, with Miller not alerting his student-athletes beforehand that the milestone was close. "I wanted them to just fence and not be thinking about that," he said. "Once we won the particular meet, I told them what they had accomplished. It's just another statistic, but it's nice to accomplish because it's the product of effort by everyone who has been part of this program." The men's team, tied for 10th in the national rankings, is now 26-6 on the season. The women's team, which is just out of the top 10 and third among other teams receiving votes, is 17-10. Sunday, the Carolina women fell to No. 8 Temple (19-8), No. 2 Notre Dame (23-4) and No. 3 Ohio State (22-5) before coming back to beat Fairleigh Dickinson (19-8) and Lawrence (23-4). The women went 4-2 on Saturday. After going 2-3 on Saturday with losses to the top three teams in the country, the Tar Heel men went 4-0 Sunday with wins over Detroit Mercy (20-7), Cleveland State (23-4), Wayne State (23-4) and Johns Hopkins (17-10). "The challenge was particularly steep for the men," Miller said. "They started out with the top three teams in the country. It was a tough start but they fenced very well - men's sabre beat Penn State. "Anytime you fence top teams, any lapse in concentration can be costly, but the energy level and spirit was there throughout the weekend. It was good preparation for the postseason. It's always good to compete in different parts of the country and see different styles of officiating and even different styles of fencing." | Women North Carolina vs. Temple Epee: TU 8-1 Foil: TU 5-4 Sabre: TU 6-3 Notre Dame vs. North Carolina Epee: ND 8-1 Foil: ND 9-0 Sabre: ND 6-3 Ohio State vs. North Carolina Epee: OSU 5-4 Foil: OSU 9-0 Sabre: OSU 8-1 North Carolina vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Epee: UNC 7-2 Foil: UNC 5-4 Sabre: UNC 7-2 Lawrence vs. North Carolina Epee: UNC 7-2 Foil: UNC 7-2 Sabre: UNC 9-0 | Men UNC vs. Detroit Mercy Epee: UNC 8-1 Foil: DM 3-6 Sabre: UNC 9-0 UNC vs. Cleveland State Epee: UNC 6-3 Foil: UNC 8-1 Sabre: UNC 9-0 UNC vs. Wayne State Epee: UNC 6-3 Foil: UNC 8-1 Sabre: UNC 9-0 UNC vs. Johns Hopkins Epee UNC 6-3 Foil: UNC 6-3 Sabre: UNC 5-4
14: Feb. 6, 2009 Tar Heels Take Sabre Cup At Duke Despite 1-2 record, UNC has plenty of bright spots. DURHAM,N.C. - The North Carolina men's fencing team claimed the sabre cup and finished 1-2 in a trio of challenging dual meets Friday morning at Duke's Card Gym. The Tar Heels beat Johns Hopkins 15-12 but fell 16-11 to Notre Dame and 17-10 to the Blue Devils. "We fenced exceptionally well," UNC coach Ron Miller said. "We led through the first two-thirds of the meet with Notre Dame and we continued to fence well, but they made some great adjustments to get the win. It was probably the best outing with Notre Dame we've had in the last six years or so. "After that, we could have had a letdown against Johns Hopkins, but we didn't. The starters were up 14-4 when we put in some subs. "Against Duke, we started slow. We had a good rally, but it wasn't quite enough. Still, we fenced well. Today was the best I've seen Duke fence as a team in my 42 years. They had an extraordinary day as a team - my hat is off to them." UNC's epee squad beat Notre Dame 5-4, but was the only weapon to come out ahead of the Fighting Irish. Sabre (7-2) and epee (5-4) both won against Johns Hopkins. The Tar Heel sabre squad also topped Duke, 6-3. Seniors John Powell and Bobby Ziechmann and sophomore Kevin Ziechmann finished with 17 sabre wins on the morning to claim the cup. "All three of them fenced well," Miller said. "They did a great job of making adjustments based on the officiating. We had won the sabre cup in the past, but this might be the first time with Notre Dame in the competition." Notre Dame, which is tied for first in the national coaches' poll, won the foil cup with 19 wins, and Duke won the epee cup with 18 wins. The Blue Devils and Tar Heels are tied at No. 10 in the poll. | Feb. 7, 2009 Tar Heel Women Fall To Duke, Northwestern Carolina's epee squad provides exciting finale. DURHAM,N.C. - The North Carolina women's fencing team went 0-2 against top-10 competition Saturday morning at Duke, but managed to end the meet on a high note as the epee squad pulled out a 5-4 win over the host Blue Devils. In overall scoring, the Tar Heels fell 20-7 to No. 6 Northwestern and 16-11 to No. 10 Duke. The UNC-Duke dual meets are worth one point toward the 2008-09 Carlyle Cup, the all-sports competition between the two schools. The Blue Devils claimed both wins, including a win over the UNC men on Friday, to add one point to Duke's overall total. Carolina currently leads the battle 8.5 to 3.5. UNC opened the morning's competition against the Wildcats, with the Tar Heel sabre squad providing the bright spot with a 7-2 win. Both epee and foil fell 9-0. "Sabre had a great start with the 7-2 win, but the other weapons didn't manage any wins at all, so that was disappointing," UNC coach Ron Miller said. "The previous weekend we fenced then 12-15, so there was a big difference between the two weekends." In Carolina's second matchup of the day, the Blue Devils took foil and sabre, both by a 6-3 score. The epee matches were the final action in Card Gym, and the Tar Heels fought to close out the morning with a one-point victory in that weapon. "We started pretty well in the first round, got flat in the second round then came back in the third round, but it was just a little too late," Miller said. "I was pleased with how our team fenced at the end. Women's sabre had some bad luck - they didn't fence as strongly as they did in the first meet. Women's epee fenced exceptionally well, in particular Christina Abruzzini. In the day's first dual meet, Northwestern beat Duke 16-11. Saturday's action marked UNC's final dual meet of the regular season. The men's team will compete at the MACFA Conference Championship Feb. 22 in Easton, Pa. NCAA postseason competition begins March 7 with Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals. | 2009 Jr. Olympics Albuquerque | Dook Dual Meets
15: Top 32 Junior Men's Foil
16: Tar Heel Men Win MACFA Crown UNC is awarded trophies in all three weapons, but votes to relinquish one. Feb. 23, 2009 EASTON, Pa. - The North Carolina men's fencing team won the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association (MACFA) championship Sunday, claiming the program's first crown in its second season in the league. Lafayette College hosted the event, which included 17 men's teams. "The key was consistency," UNC coach Ron Miller said. "Everyone had a good day and a lot of people had great days. We learned a lot in last year's tournament and we were more prepared this year." The Tar Heels edged Stevens Institute of Technology, which trailed Carolina in the overall team results by a total of six bouts. Johns Hopkins, last year's winner by one touch over runner-up UNC, was third. Drew finished fourth. The MACFA includes only men's teams. The UNC women's squad does not currently compete as part of a conference. In addition to the team title, Carolina won all three weapons - epee, foil and sabre - but brought home the second-place trophy in sabre. Although the Tar Heels were technically the victorious squad, Stevens would have won the title in that weapon if not for an uncorrectable scoring error in one bout. The Tar Heels held a team vote and decided to exchange trophies with Stevens, giving the Ducks the first-place hardware. Three Tar Heels finished second in the individual competition, with sophomore Eric Hsieh the runner-up in epee, freshman Kevin Nadeau in foil and senior Bobby Ziechmann in sabre. Carolina was represented by three competitors in each weapon: Benjamin Gellis, Hsieh and Jarrett Rodrigues in epee; Nadeau, Alex Grigorenko and David Skwerer in foil; and Bobby Ziechmann, Kevin Ziechmann and John Powell in sabre. "The conference tournament is the culmination of what we do in the regular season," Miller said. "Now we look ahead to the national season." | The UNC men's foil squad that won first at MACFA Championships: Alex Grigorenko, David Skwerer and Kevin Nadeau | The sabre squad brought home the second-place trophy after an act of sportsmanship. Pictured are Bobby Ziechmann, John Powell and Kevin Ziechmann. | Members of the UNC men's epee squad that finished first at MACFA Championships: Benjamin Gellis, Eric Hsieh and Jarrett Rodrigues
17: 2009 National Champions UNC 89, Michigan State 72 | March 10, 2009 Ziechmann Qualifies For Fourth NCAA Championship Senior will be UNC's sole representative at the meet. CHAPELHILL, N.C. - North Carolina senior Bobby Ziechmann will cap his career with a fourth-consecutive appearance at the NCAA Fencing Championships, to be held March 19-22 in State College, Pa. Ziechmann, who is from Charlotte,N.C., will represent the Tar Heels in men's sabre, giving UNC a competitor at the NCAAChampionships for the 42nd year in a row. Ziechmann sealed his qualification with a seventh-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals last Saturday at Drew University in Madison, N.J. NCAA Championship berths are allocated based on a formula that takes into account performance both in the regional meet and during the regular season. "I expect Bobby to do well at NCAA's," UNC coach Ron Miller said. "His finish in regionals wasn't really indicative of how well he fenced there, and he's had a very strong season." Kevin Ziechmann, a sophomore and Bobby's younger brother, is the region's top alternate in sabre and would compete in NCAAChampionships if another fencer from the region withdraws from the sabre competition. With several near misses, the Tar Heels are sending fewer fencers to nationals than in recent years. Five qualified last year and in 2005-06, while four went in 2006-07. "It's disappointing to only get one when as a team we're stronger than we have been in the last three or four years," Miller said. "Unfortunately, we can't show that at NCAA's. It's not a good indicator of what we've accomplished this year." At regionals, senior Alex Grigorenko finished ninth, one spot from qualifying for NCAA Championships. Also competing in that weapon were freshman Kevin Nadeau (18th), junior David Skwerer (23rd) and senior Nate Seaman (30th). In men's epee, senior Benjamin Gellis was 11th, sophomore Eric Hsieh was 13th, sophomore Jarrett Rodrigues was 16th and sophomore Joel Thompson was 25th. After Bobby Ziechmann at seventh in men's sabre, Kevin Ziechmann was 13th and senior John Powell was 15th. In women's epee, sophomore Melissa Litschi was 18th and senior Christina Abruzzini was 20th. In women's sabre, junior Patti Sanders was 12th, junior Jennifer Sawicki was 19th, senior Monica Kim was 22nd, senior Mary Borgo was 23rd and senior Jennifer Clark was 27th. In women's foil, sophomore Hannah Thurman tied for 16th and senior Jessica Wacker was 18th after an injury forced her to withdraw during the competition. Junior May-Lynne Chen-Contino and sophomore Kaitlin Williamson both qualified for regionals in women's foil but were unable to compete due to injury or illness. Bobby Ziechmann earned second-team All-Region honors, while Kevin Ziechmann was honorable mention. Gellis and Grigorenko also earned All-Region honorable mention. "Overall, we had a great season," Miller said. "The women's team had to overcome obstacles through out the year and still had a lot of success. The men had an outstanding year, winning the MACFA Championship. The weekend was disappointing and we'd like to have more people going to NCAA's, but we'll bounce back. The feeling on the bus on the way home from regionals was that it was just one of those days."
18: May 6, 2009 UNC Fencing Announces Team Awards CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The UNC men's and women's fencing teams wrapped up the 2008-09 season recently by announcing team awards, including honorees for each weapon. The Tar Heel men finished the season 28-8 in dual meets and won the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association (MACFA) championship, while the women's squad was 17-12. (UNC's women did not compete in a conference tournament.) The Tar Heels were represented at the NCAA Championships by two men's sabre competitors, senior Bobby Ziechmann, who finished 13th, and sophomore Kevin Ziechmann, who reached the tournament as an alternate and finished 21st. Carolina finished 20th overall in the NCAA team competition. 2000-09 Team Awards - Women MVP: Annie Moran (Epee), Hannah Thurman (Foil) Outstanding Seniors: Jessica Wacker (Foil), Monica Kim (Foil), Christina Abruzzini (Epee) Most Outstanding: May-Lynne Chen-Contino (Foil), Kaitlin Williamson (Foil), Patti Sanders (Sabre), Jennifer Sawicki (Sabre), Melissa Litschi (Epee) Most Improved: Hannah Thurman (Foil), Mary Borgo (Sabre), Annie Moran (Epee) Outstanding Rookie: Sarah York (Foil), Mary Saran (Sabre), Delaney Nolan (Epee) Coaches' Award: Hannah Thurman (Foil), Jessica Wacker (Foil), Jennifer Clark (Sabre), Mary Borgo (Sabre), Annie Moran (Epee) 2008-09 Team Awards - Men MVP: Benjamin Gellis (Epee), Kevin Nadeau (Foil) Outstanding Seniors: Alex Grigorenko (Foil), Bobby Ziechmann (Sabre), Benjamin Gellis (Epee) Most Outstanding: Alex Grigorenko (Foil), Kevin Nadeau (Foil), Bobby Ziechmann (Sabre), Eric Hsieh (Epee) Most Improved: David Skwerer (Foil), David Winer (Sabre), Joel Thompson (Epee), Nick Stone (Epee) Outstanding Rookie: Jay Goss (Foil), Kevin Nadeau (Foil), Andrius Valuinas (Epee) Coaches' Award: Caleb Pardue (Foil), Alex Grigorenko (Foil), Nate Seaman (Foil), John Powell (Sabre), Timothy Blaisdell (Sabre), Bobby Ziechmann (Sabre), Jarrett Rodrigues (Epee), Benjamin Gellis (Epee) Award for Excellence: Bobby Ziechmann (Sabre) | Carolina Places 274 On ACC Academic Honor Roll Aug. 11, 2009 GREENSBORO, N.C. - A total of 274 North Carolina student-athletes have been named to the 2008-09 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced recently by ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford. The 53rd-annual edition of the list includes a record 2,772 student-athletes from the 12 conference schools. The ACC Academic Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes that participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the full academic year. | 2008- 2009 Awards Dean's list Academic All-ACC Most Outstanding Men's Foil Outstanding Rookie Varsity Letter | Tar Heel Fencers Honored With ACC Sportsmanship Award July 24, 2009 GREENSBORO , N.C. - The North Carolina fencing team has been honored as a winner of the ACC Sportsmanship Award for 2008-09. Miller says the team has been surprised by the positive attention they've received for the decision, which really wasn't much of a decision at all. "The student-athletes knew right away what we should do," Miller says. "It makes me proud that they moved ahead without hesitation and did the right thing." | Nadeau Finishes 8th in USFA Cherry Blossom Mixed Epee Earns A2009 Rating
19: Summer 2009
20: 2009 Summer Nationals Gaylord Hotel Grapevine, Texas
22: Women's Foil Marion Boulicault May-Lynne Chen-Contino Jenna-Carrie Rodrigues Hannah Thurman Heather Van Wallendael Kaitlin Williamson | Women's Epee Brittany Bennett Melissa Litschi Annie Moran Camilla Powierza Jordan Preuss Ashley Rumbough | Women's Sabre Shannon Beamon Lily Fu Stephanie Koenig Sara Leung Gladys Manzur Helen Marino Patti Sanders Jennifer Sawicki | 2009-2010 Women's Roster
23: Men's Sabre Saurabh Aneja Seth Crabtree Austin Hairfield Mark Waddle David Winer Kevin Ziechmann | Men's Epee Jase Gehring Paul Hovey Eric Hsieh Thomas Le Guillou Jarrett Rodrigues | Men's Foil Joe Alter Jay Goss JeeHo Kim Kevin Nadeau Caleb Pardue David Skwerer Andrew Wright | 2009-2010 Men's Roster | Coaches Ron Miller - Head Coach Josh Webb - Primary Assistant Coach Matt Jednak - Assistant Coach | 2009-2010 Schedule 10/31/09 Temple Intercollegiate Open (Women) Philadelphia, Pa. 11/01/09 Temple Intercollegiate Open (Men) Philadelphia, Pa. 11/08/09 Haverford Dual Meets Haverford, Pa. M 6-0, W 3-0 11/21/09 Penn State Open (Women) State College, Pa. 11/22/09 Penn State Open (Men) State College, Pa. 11/29/09 Harvard Dual Meets Cambridge, Mass. M 3-2, W 2-3 12/06/09 New England Dual Meets Waltham, Mass. M 3-1, W 2-4 01/09/10 Philadelphia Invitational Philadelphia, Pa. 01/10/10 Philadelphia Invitational Philadelphia, Pa. 3-1 01/23/10 Penn State Duals State College, Pa. Men 3-1, Women 2-2 01/30/10 Northwestern Duals Evanston, Ill. W 4-3, M 4-2 01/31/10 Northwestern Duals Evanston, Ill. Women 4-2, Men 3-2 02/06/10 Duke Duals Durham, N.C. 02/07/10 at Duke Duals Durham, N.C. 02/19/10 vs. Duke Chapel Hill (Eddie Smith Field House) 03/13/10 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals Madison, N.J. 03/27/10 NCAA Championships Boston, Mass. 21st overall 03/28/10 NCAA Championships Boston, Mass. 20th overall | Total 2009-2010 Results Men 18 - 5, Women 12 -11
24: "$10 Practice" | Old Well Open | Bell Tower Classic FIght at Fetzer Big Blue Open
25: Fall 2009
26: UNC Undefeated At Haverford Duals Team performance paces Tar Heels Nov. 19, 2009 HAVERFORD, Pa. - The North Carolina fencing squads opened the team portion of their schedule Sunday with an undefeated outing at the Haverford Duals. The UNC men were 6-0 for the day, while the women were 3-0. "It was an excellent team performance," UNC coach Ron Miller said. The Tar Heel men took on varsity teams from Johns Hopkins (W 19-8), Yeshiva (W 24-2) and host Haverford (W 16-11), as well as club teams from Florida (W 20-7), Virginia (W 23-4) and William & Mary (W 20-3). The women faced off against Florida (W 16-11), Haverford (W 20-7) and Johns Hopkins (W 17-10). Several Carolina fencers finished the day undefeated. In men's epee, freshman Thomas Le Guillou was 14-0 and sophomore Jay Goss was 4-0. Junior Jarrett Rodrigues was 12-1 overall. In men's foil, freshman Joseph Alter led the way at 15-1 overall. In men's sabre, junior Kevin Ziechmann, an NCAA Championships participant last season, finished 14-2 for the day's top performance in that weapon. Junior David Winer was 13-2. In the women's competition, three Tar Heels were undefeated, with senior May-Lynne Chen-Contino and junior Kaitlin Williamson both 8-0 in foil and senior Jennifer Sawicki 9-0 in sabre. Junior Hannah Thurman suffered just one loss in foil, finishing 8-1. Freshman Sara Leung had the same record in sabre. Every Tar Heel weapon finished in the winning column for the day except for women's epee, which was 10-17 overall, despite a 6-1 showing from junior Melissa Litschi. "Obviously we have some work to do with women's epee," Miller said. "That group fenced well, but had some frustrations on the day. Part of it is that Johns Hopkins has an excellent women's epee squad and we lack experience in that weapon, but we're making progress." The duals at Haverford followed a trip to the Temple Open on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. There, the Carolina fencers competed as individuals, faring well. "I'd say we had a typical performance at Temple - the starters did well and our young fencers got some experience at the national level," Miller said. "Both competitions were excellent starts for us. The real test is what we can do at the Penn State Open." That meet is in State College, Pa., Nov. 21-22, with the men's team competing on Saturday and the women on Sunday. | Nadeau Competes at North American Cup Championships Nov. 2009 Kevin Nadeau earns points and maintains his national ranking with 21st place finish in USFA Junior Men's Epee event.
27: UNC's Le Guillou Takes Men's Epee At Garrett Open Competition provides experience for Tar Heels. Nov. 23, 2009 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - North Carolina's Thomas Le Guillou, a junior exchange student from France, won the men's epee competition Sunday at the Garrett Open, providing the highlight of what proved to be a successful weekend for the UNC fencing team. "Thomas Le Guillou's number one finish in epee gives us much to celebrate," Carolina coach Ron Miller said. "His consistency and focus were extraordinary. This was a tough field and his road was not easy - he competed exceptionally well and showed a lot of class." Le Guillou's first-place finish was best for UNC at the Garrett Open since Craig Peterson won the same event in the late 1990s and marked Carolina's fifth individual championship overall. Held at Penn State's White Building, the 2009 Garrett Open included a strong field with fencers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Princeton, Yale, Temple, Northwestern, Harvard, Duke, Fairleigh Dickinson, Drew, UNC and host Penn State. The women competed on Saturday and men on Sunday. Behind Le Guillou's first-place finish, Eric Hsieh took 19th, Jarrett Rodrigues 38th and Jay Goss 49th in the epee field of 58, 62 percent of which was A" level or above. In men's sabre, UNC Kevin Ziechmann was 19th, David Winer 22nd, Seth Crabtree 37th and Mark Waddle 40th of 42 competitors. In men's foil, Joseph Alter was 30th, David Skwerer 33rd, Caleb Pardue 42nd, Kevin Nadeau 43rd and Andrew Wright 45th. "The team performance from the men's perspective was slightly better than expected," Miller said. "All returning starters had finishes at or above their seeds in the competitions, with the exception of one fencer in foil." In the women's competition on Saturday, Melissa Litschi took 36th, Annie Moran 49th and Brittany Bennett 50th overall in the women's epee field of 54. In women's foil, May-Lynne Chen-Contino was 28th and Kaitlin Williamson was 47th of 56. In women's sabre, senior Jennifer Sawicki finished 17th, with Sara Leung 35th and Lily Fu 40th in a field of 45. "On the women's side, Jen Sawicki's finish was the highlight," Miller said. "She missed advancing to the DE round by one touch. May-Lynne Chen-Contino missed advancing to the third round of competition also by mere indicators. The women's team performed at or near their seeds." The early-season event gave all the UNC fencers, especially the younger and less-experienced ones, the chance to test themselves against a highly-competitive field. "In both men's and women's weapons we had several walk-on athletes that had an opportunity for their first high-level experience," Miller said. "I was pleased with their performance. "All in all, this was a good competition at this point in our season, and a good jumping-off point for a more difficult dual meet competition coming in the next two weekends."
28: Landslide closes I-40 in Haywood County, North Carolina A rock slide at Interstate 40 just inside North Carolina near the Tennessee line has closed the highway indefinitely. All traffic must detour.
29: Tar Heels Tested At Harvard Invitational Carolina men's epee squad is undefeated on the day. Nov. 30, 2009 CAMBRIDGE,Mass. - The North Carolina men's and women's fencing teams tested themselves against a competitive field at the Harvard Invitational on Sunday, with the men finishing 3-2 and the women 2-3. The Tar Heel men beat NYU (15-12), Sacred Heart (15-12) and Vassar (16-11), while falling to Princeton (18-9) and host Harvard (17-10). The women beat NYU (15-12) and Vassar (18-9), but fell to Harvard (22-5), Princeton (18-9) and Sacred Heart (16-11). The men's epee squad ranked as the standout weapon for the Tar Heels, going undefeated on the day. Men: UNC 9, Princeton 18 Epee 7-2 Foil 0-9 Sabre2-7 UNC 16, Vassar 11 Epee 5-4 Foil 6-3 Sabre 5-4 UNC 15, Sacred Heart 12 Epee 6-3 Foil 4-5 Sabre 5-4 UNC 10,Harvard 17 Epee 5-4 Foil 5-4 Sabre 0-9 UNC 15, NYU 12 Epee 6-3 Foil 6-3 Sabre 3-6 | Women: UNC 9, Princeton 18 Epee 3-6 Foil 3-6 Sabre 3-6 UNC 18, Vassar 9 Epee 4-5 Foil 7-2 Sabre 7-2 UNC 5, Harvard 22 Epee 1-8 Foil 2-7 Sabre 2-7 UNC 15, NYU 12 Epee 4-5 Foil 6-3 Sabre 5-4 UNC 11, Sacred Heart 16 Epee 3-6 Foil 6-3 Sabre 2-7 | Women North Carolina 14, Brandeis 13 Epee 4-5 Foil 5-4 Sabre 5-4 Boston College 16, North Carolina 11 Epee 7-2 Foil 5-4 Sabre 4-5 Brown 15, North Carolina 12 Epee 6-3 Foil 5-4 Sabre 4-5 Cornell 15, North Carolina 12 Epee 7-2 Foil 3-6 Sabre 5-4 North Carolina 17, MIT 10 Epee 5-4 Foil 6-3 Sabre 6-3 Yale 15, North Carolina 12 Epee 6-3 Foil 3-6 Sabre 6-3 | Carolina in Acton at Brandeis Invitational Men's epee and foil, women's sabre lead the way for the Tar Heels. Dec. 5, 2009 WALTHAM,Mass. - The North Carolina men's and women's fencing teams saw their last action before a month-long break Saturday, competing against a strong field at the Brandeis Invitational. The Tar Heel men went 3-1 on the day, while the women were 2-4. The Carolina men picked up wins over Boston College (15-12), Brown (18-9) and MIT (19-8), and fell to Yale (14-13). The UNC women beat Brandeis (14-13) and MIT (17-10), but lost to Boston College (16-11), Brown (15-12), Cornell (15-12) and Yale (14-13). The men's epee squad was undefeated, while foil was 4-1. On the women's side, the UNC sabre squad was 4-2. With exams and the holiday break, Carolina is idle until Jan. 10, when the Tar Heels will travel to the Philadelphia Invitational. Men: North Carolina 19, Brandeis 8 Epee 6-3 Foil 8-1 Sabre 5-4 North Carolina 15, BC 12 Epee 7-2 Foil 7-2 Sabre 1-8 North Carolina 18, Brown 9 Epee 8-1 Foil 6-3 Sabre 4-5 North Carolina 19, MIT 8 Epee 5-4 Foil 6-3 Sabre 8-1 Yale 14, North Carolina 13 Epee 5-4 Foil 4-5 Sabre 5-4 | Women North Carolina 14, Brandeis 13 Epee 4-5 Foil 5-4 Sabre 5-4 Boston College 16, North Carolina 11 Epee 7-2 Foil 5-4 Sabre 4-5 Brown 15, North Carolina 12 Epee 6-3 Foil 5-4 Sabre 4-5 Cornell 15, North Carolina 12 Epee 7-2 Foil 3-6 Sabre 5-4 North Carolina 17, MIT 10 Epee 5-4 Foil 6-3 Sabre 6-3 Yale 15, North Carolina 12 Epee 6-3 Foil 3-6 Sabre 6-3
30: Wintry storm causing havoc, churning toward Northeast December 18, 2009 Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency Friday as a winter storm expected to pummel the East Coast this weekend began dumping snow in Virginia and North Carolina. The storm is forecast to blast a narrow corridor from Richmond, Virginia, to Fredericksville, Pennsylvania, leaving interstates 95, 81, 64 and possibly 80 covered in significant snow, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. Myers said areas like Charlottesville, Virginia, may rake in some of the highest snowfall accumulations, depending on how quickly the storm moves and whether it remains on course.
31: Tar Heel Women Go 3-2 At Philadelphia Invitational Jan. 9, 2010 PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The North Carolina women's fencing squad went 3-2 Saturday at the Philadelphia Invitational, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at Hutchinson Gym. The Tar Heels earned wins over Fairleigh Dickinson, Sacred Heart and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Carolina opened the morning with a 19-8 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson, with foil winning 9-0 and sabre 8-1. The Tar Heels improved to 2-0 on the day with a 17-10 win over Sacred Heart, with all three weapons picking up victories. UNC dropped its next two matches, to Penn and Northwestern, both by 21-6 scores. The day ended on a high note with the most lopsided win of the meet, 23-4 over NJIT. Carolina's epee and sabre squads both won 9-0 and foil came out ahead by one, 5-4. Carolina's men compete at the Philadelphia Invitational on Sunday, with action beginning at 10 a.m.. The six-team field also includes Drew, Duke, NJIT, Penn and Sacred Heart. North Carolina 19, Fairleigh Dickinson 8 Epee 2-7 Foil 9-0 Sabre 8-1 North Carolina 17, Sacred Heart 10 Epee 5-4 Foil 6-3 Sabre 6-3 Penn 21, North Carolina 6 Epee 0-9 Foil 3-6 Sabre 3-6 Northwestern 21, North Carolina 6 Epee 0-9 Foil 2-7 Sabre 4-5 North Carolina 23, NJIT 4 Epee 9-0 Foil 9-0 Sabre 5-4 | The Tar Heel men's fencing squad finished 3-1 Sunday at Penn. | Carolina Men Finish 3-1 At Philadelphia Invitational Day's only loss comes by one point to host Penn. Jan. 10, 2010 PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The North Carolina men's fencing squad won its first three matches and dropped the fourth by just a point to finish 3-1 Sunday at the Philadelphia Invitational, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at Hutchinson Gym. The Tar Heels beat New Jersey Institute of Technology, Drew and Sacred Heart before falling to the host Quakers. Carolina opened with a 21-6 win against NJIT and followed that with victories over Drew (18-9) and Sacred Heart (22-5). All three UNC weapons won in each of the three matches. In the final match of the day, Carolina's epee squad won 7-2 and sabre 5-4, but Penn came out on top in foil 8-1, giving the hosts a slim margin of victory, 14-13. The Quakers, defending Ivy League champions, were undefeated on the day, with UNC battling to the closest margin. The Carolina women fenced at the Philadelphia Invitational on Saturday, finishing 3-2. The next action for the Tar Heels is on Jan. 23, when they'll travel to State College,Pa., for the Penn State Duals. North Carolina 21, NJIT 6 Epee 6-3 Foil 8-1 Sabre 7-2 North Carolina 18, Drew 9 Epee 5-4 Foil 8-1 Sabre 5-4 North Carolina 22, Sacred Heart 5 Epee 6-3 Foil 7-2 Sabre 7-2 Penn 14, North Carolina 13 Epee 7-2 Foil 1-8 Sabre 5-4 | The Tar Heel women's fencing squad went 3-2 Saturday at the Philadelphia Invitational.
32: Tar Heels Compete at Penn State Duals Both squads fall to host PSU, the defending NCAA Champion. Jan. 27, 2010 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The North Carolina fencing squads faced tough competition at the Penn State Invitational Saturday, with the Tar Heel men finishing 3-1 and the women 2-2. The competition took place at the White Building on PSU's campus. UNC's men beat Drew, Haverford and Johns Hopkins but fell to top-ranked Penn State, the defending NCAA Champion. The women also beat Drew and Haverford, but lost to host Penn State, also ranked No. 1, and Temple. Next up is a trip to Evanston, Ill., for the Northwestern Duals on Saturday and Sunday. | Senior Patti Sanders
33: Women's Results Penn State 20, North Carolina 7 Sabre: Penn State, V 7-2 Foil: Penn State, V 7-2 Epee: Penn State, V 6-3 Brandeis 15, North Carolina 12 Sabre: Brandeis, V 6-3 Foil: North Carolina, V 5-4 Epee: Brandeis, V 5-4 Duke 18, North Carolina 9 Sabre: Duke, V 7-2 Foil: North Carolina, V 5-4 Epee: Duke, V 7-2 North Carolina 18, Air Force 9 Saber: North Carolina, V 6-3 Foil: North Carolina, V 9-0 Epee: Air Force, V 6-3 | Men's Results Penn State 19, North Carolina 8 Sabre: Penn State, V 5-4 Foil: Penn State, V 8-1 Epee: Penn State, V 6-3 North Carolina 16, Brandeis 11 Sabre: North Carolina, V 5-4 Foil: North Carolina, V 6-3 Epee: North Carolina, V 5-4 Duke 17, North Carolina 10 Sabre: Duke, V 5-4 Foil: Duke, V 7-2 Epee: Duke, V 5-4 Air Force 14, North Carolina 13 Sabre: Air Force, V 5-4 Foil: North Carolina 6-3 Epee: Air Force 6-3 | Tar Heels In Action At Duke Meet Feb. 7, 2010 DURHAM, N.C. - The North Carolina men's fencing team went 1-3 Saturday and the Tar Heel women finished with the same record Sunday at the Duke Fencing Home Meet, held at the Blue Devils' Card Gym. On Saturday, the Tar Heel men beat Brandeis 16-11, but fell to Penn State, Duke and Air Force. Sunday, the UNC women fell to Penn State, Brandeis and Duke before topping Air Force 18-9 to finish out the day. With wins over the Carolina men and women, the Duke Blue Devils claimed the fencing point in this year's race for the Carlyle Cup, the annual all-sports competition between the two schools. | Feb. 12, 2010 Winter Storm Closes Raleigh Airport Airline buses passengers to connecting flight in Charlotte, but after delays, flight to Memphis eventually canceled. Airline charges but later refunds disappointed and stranded Junior Olympics competitor's return airfare charges to Raleigh.
34: Kaitlin Williamson went 3-0 on the day. | Tar Heels Wrap Up Season at Home Duke takes both men's and women's meets. Feb. 20, 2010 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina fencing team hosted Duke Friday night for the rare head-to-head matchup and found plenty in the occasion to celebrate, despite the fact the Blue Devils won both the men's and women's meets by scores of 17-10. In action at UNC's Eddie Smith Field House, women's foil was the bright spot for UNC, winning 5-4 in the only Tar Heel weapon victory for the night. Duke won women's sabre 6-3 and epee 7-2. On the men's side, Duke won 7-2 in sabre and edged the Tar Heels 5-4 in both foil and epee. The occasion marked the first time in several decades that UNC has hosted Duke for a one-on-one match. Friday's Tar Heel-Blue Devil face-off, however, was the second in the last three weeks. The teams also met as part of a multi-team meet in Durham on Feb. 6-7, with the hosts winning both the men's and women's matchups against Carolina. "All in all, I'm disappointed with the final scores - they're about the same as they were the first time - but I'm not disappointed in the overall performance,"UNC coach Ron Miller said. "I told the team after the meet, I'm disappointed in the result but I'm not disappointed in them. There's a big difference in that." "Some of the things we've worked on in practice specifically paid off for us, and there were some points at which we were simply unlucky, which sometimes happens. A lot of people got personal retribution -- Thomas Le Guillou was 0-3 the first time we fenced them, just had a bad day, this time showed what he's made of." Le Guillou finished 3-0 in epee against Duke on Friday. Also 3-0 on the evening was Kaitlin Williamson, who helped lead women's foil to victory. The competition was the final one of the regular season for UNC, which now looks ahead to NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals on March 13 in Madison. N.J. The Carolina men finished up the season at 29-12, while the women are 20-20. Records aside, however, the home setting provided a highlight on which to wrap up the regular season. "Their families and friends came, people from my classes came, and people who just saw the signs came," Miller said. "Their support was very good and very much appreciated by our team."
36: Tar Heel Trio Competing At NCAA Championships UNC sits in 21st place heading into final day. March 27, 2010 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - North Carolina sits at 21st overall following the first day of men's competition Saturday at the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships at Harvard's Gordon Indoor Track Center. The Tar Heels are represented by three fencers - juniors Eric Hsieh (epee) and Kevin Ziechmann (sabre) and sophomore Kevin Nadeau (foil). After Saturday's competition, Hsieh and Nadeau sit at 20th place in their respective weapons. Ziechmann is 22nd. Ziechmann, from Charlotte, N.C., is making his third appearance in the field, after finishing 21st in 2009 and 24th in 2008. Hsieh, who is from East Hanover, N.J., and Nadeau, who is from Austin, Texas, both qualified for the championships for the first time. | Sophomore Kevin Nadeau is competing in the NCAA Championships in Men's Foil.
37: Tar Heels Finish 20th Overall At NCAA Championships Carolina has three competitors in the men's brackets. March 29, 2010 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With three qualifiers in the men's competition, the North Carolina fencing team finished 20th at the 2010 NCAA Championships, which wrapped up Sunday at Harvard's Gordon Indoor Track Center. Juniors Eric Hsieh and Kevin Ziechmann and sophomore Kevin Nadeau represented the Tar Heels. Ziechmann, competing at his third NCAA Championship, finished 23rd overall in sabre. Nadeau took 22nd in foil. Hsieh was 21st in epee. Penn State won the championship, which incorporates both men's and women's results, for the second year in a row and the 12th time overall. St. John's University finished second, Notre Dame was third, Ohio State fourth and Harvard fifth. | NCAA Championships
38: HOTtlanta Luftmenschen III Foil at Nellya!
39: Eight Named Phi Beta Kappa April 9, 2010 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Eight members of North Carolina's varsity athletic programs were among the UNC students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honorary society this spring. Caroline Boneparth (women's soccer), Will Bondurant (swimming team manager), Marion Boulicault (women's fencing), Ali Hawkins (women's soccer), Meredith Newton (women's lacrosse), Chip Peterson (men's swimming), Brittany Walsh (rowing) and Kaitlin Williamson (women's fencing) earned the honor in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. "We are extremely proud of these students," said UNC Director of Athletics Dick Baddour. "Being a member of a varsity team requires a huge time commitment, and the fact they were able to balance that while also excelling academically is phenomenal. The Department of Athletics applauds them for their accomplishments." Boneparth, a senior from Lawrence, N.Y., has been part of three NCAA Championship at UNC, most recently in 2009. She is working toward a double major in economics and journalism. Boulicault, a senior from London, England, is the recipient of a Morehead-Cain Scholarship, the most prestigious academic grant at UNC. She is working toward a double major in environmental science and philosophy. Williamson, a junior from Austin, Texas, serves as a captain of the women's foil squad. She is working toward a double major in biology and psychology. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. A student who has completed 75 hours of course work and has a grade-point average of 3.85 (on a 4.0 scale) or better is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has competed 105 hours of course work and has a 3.75 grade-point average. Less than one percent of all college students qualify to be members. | 2009-10 Awards Dean's List Academic All-ACC NCAA All-Regional Honorable Mention (Mid-Atlantic South) Most Outstanding Men's Foil Coaches Award Varsity Letter Co-Captain Men's Foil NCAA Championships Competitor | Tarheels Place 262 on ACC Honor Roll August 13, 2010 GREENSBORO, N.C. - A total of 262 North Carolina student-athletes have been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll for 2009-10, announced Friday by ACC Commissioner John Swofford. The 54th annual list includes more than 2,700 student-athletes from the 12 conference schools. The Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the full academic year. The conference acknowledged 2,761 student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom during the 2009-10 academic year.
40: Ryan & Jill's wedding | Bennett's Graduation | Joe & Rita's 50th Anniversary | European Vacation Austin Destination | Emily's trip to Texas | TFA Beach Trip
41: Summer Fun | Bennett & Emily's Grad Party | Out with the Old In with the New Good-bye, Deathtrap
42: (Not pictured: Jarrett Rodrigues)
43: Total 2010-2011 Results Men 19 - 14, Women 14 -19 | 2010-2011 Schedule 11/06-11/07 Temple Intercollegiate Open Philadelphia, Pa. 11/13-11/14 Penn State Intercollegiate Open State College, Pa. 12/05/10 Sacred Heart Dual Meets Fairfield, Conn. 01/22-01/23 Philadelphia Invitational Philadelphia, Pa. 01/29/11 Penn State Dual Meets State College, Pa. 02/05-02/06 Northwestern Dual Meets Evanston, Ill. 02/12-02/13 Duke Dual Meets Durham, N.C. 02/27/11 National Weapons Squad Championships New York, N.Y. 03/12/11 NCAA MAS Regional Championships Madison, N.J. 03/24-3/27 NCAA Championships Columbus, Ohio
44: NCFDP Tarheel Open Sept 12, 2010 Fetzer Gym, Men's Foil | NCFDP Bell Tower Classic ~ Sept 25, 2010 Fetzer Gym, Mixed Epee | 2010
45: NCFDP Fight at Fetzer Oct 3, 2010 1st Mixed Foil Rating earned A2010 2nd Mixed Epee | NCFDP Battle at the Hill ~ Oct 10, 2010 Mixed Sabre & Men's Epee | $10 Practice
46: Layfayette Open Sept. 11, 2010 Referee Tournament Sept. 19, 2010
49: PHILADELPHIA - Beginning this Saturday, November 6, the Temple women's fencing team led by head coach Nikki Franke is set to host the 31st Annual Temple Fencing Open in McGonigle Hall. The two-day individual collegiate fencing meet is the largest of its kind in its nation. “We are very excited about hosting the tournament, with nearly 600 fencers from up and down the East Coast expected to attend," said assistant coach Bradley Baker. "This will be a great way for our team to start the season and we look forward to a very successful weekend." Fencing action on Saturday will feature women's foil, epee and sabre. Weapons check begins at 7:00 a.m. for women's foil, with competition beginning shortly after. On Sunday, November 7, the men's competition begins with weapons check for epee at 7:00 a.m. Over 30 schools are on the card for the Temple Open, including the Temple women's and club team. National contenders Penn and Penn State, along with North Carolina-Chapel Hill and New York University will be competing as well. | 2010 Temple Open 2nd Place Men's Foil
50: Tar Heels Compete At Sacred Heart Men's and women's squads finish 2-4 on the day. Dec. 6, 2010 The North Carolina men's and women's fencing teams participated in the Sacred Heart Invitational on Sunday in Fairfield, Conn., where both squads wrapped up the day with 2-4 records. Both the men's and women's teams opened the day with wins over host Sacred Heart and NYU. After that, both Carolina squads fell to Penn State, Vassar, Harvard and Princeton. UNC's next action is on Jan. 22-23, when the Tar Heels travel to the Philadelphia Invitational. The Tar Heel men will compete on Saturday, the opening day of the meet, while the women compete onSunday. Men: UNC 17, Sacred Heart 10 Women: UNC 16, Sacred Heart 11 Men: UNC 15, NYU 12 Women: UNC 15, NYU 12 Men: Penn State 18, UNC 9 Women: Penn State 22, UNC 5 Men: Vassar 15, UNC 12 Women: Vassar 17, UNC 10 Men: Harvard 17, UNC 10 Women: Harvard 27, UNC 0 Men: Princeton 15, UNC 12 Women: Princeton 27, UNC 0 | "Lost to some people I should have beat, beat some people I should have lost to. Good trip." | Miller Runs Down Action At Sacred Heart Veteran coach provides insights after the team's first dual meets of the season. Dec. 9, 2010 Our team successes and failures were not confined to our meet results. We did some of the best fencing in the long history of our program. We had some frustrations due to inconsistencies at all levels of our team, but most importantly we had courage and intensity against our strongest opponents at the end of the day. Both genders had two wins and four losses. The men had an opportunity to win every meet they fenced, including against last year's NCAA Champion Penn State and against Princeton and Harvard (both of which defeated PSU on the day). Our men fenced with strength and confidence in meets against Sacred Heart and NYU at the beginning of the day, but had a letdown against PSU. The sabre squad beat Penn State and foil gave them a good run. In the end it was a 1-4 record in 5-4 bouts and a 1-8 epee loss that gave the victory to Penn State. We came out frustrated and flat against Vassar and despite winning the sabre and foil 5-4, epee again had trouble at 2-7, losing three 5-4 bouts. Overall, we went 2-4 in 5-4 bouts. All we needed was two touches for the win. After this low point, our resolve, courage and intensity began to return against Harvard, which was fresh off a win over PSU. We went 4-5 in foil and 3-6 in both sabre and epee, but most importantly we went 7-4 in 5-4 bouts. We were only four touches from a win and the entire team was mentally charged despite the overall loss. We gave Princeton an even better run with a 5-4 win in foil, a major effort from epee at 4-5 (3-1 in 5-4 bouts) and a good but frustrating performance from sabre at 3-6 (0-3 in 5-4 bouts). This time only two touches from a quality win. The bottom line for me was that despite our frustrations and at times inconsistent performances, we went head-to-head with the best and proved we can fence with anyone. As we assimilate four new and very talented sabre athletes into the squad, develop two new talents in epee and find someone to step up in our third foil position we will do more than come close to this caliber of competition. Joe Alter, a sophomore, and Kevin Nadeau, a junior, led the men's foil squad and the entire team all day and had an incredible 11-3 record in 5-4 bouts. The third position failed to produce a win. The entire sabre team fenced, as predicted, very even with one another. As a squad they went 4-2 on the day and were in every meet. Their shortfall as a group was a 7-10 (41 percent) record in 5-4 bouts. The epee squad, although consistent, also fenced very even with one another. Epee went 21-33 on the day and went 7-9 in 5-4 bouts. In the history of our program, we have never had a day when nearly 1 in 3 bouts went to 5-4. As a team we won 25 and lost 22 (53 percent). The high number against the strength of the competition is the proof of how well we competed, not the meets won or lost. We will improve as we head into our remaining schedule of 25 more meets in January and February. Our women's team is much less experienced than our men's team and especially when compared to the PSU, Harvard and Princeton squads. Just like the men, they came out in the first two meets against SHU and NYU with energy and confidence and were rewarded with two wins. The PSU 5-22 loss took its toll just like it did for the men, but the women had a more difficult time getting things going again against Vassar. Their 11-16 loss was very frustrating, with a 2-6 record in 5-4 bouts. Three touches would have given them the win. They never got back on track against Harvard or Princeton, losing 0-27 to both. Our inexperience was evident. However, just like the men they kept their heads up and fought for every touch in every bout. They went 10-21 in 5-4 bouts (32 percent). Despite the losses, our young fencers gained valuable experience against quality opponents. They won their bouts against opponents of their experience level. They have a challenging season ahead, but they too will be much improved by the end of the season. Katie Williamson wen 11-3 on the day in foil to lead the women's team. In sabre, Lily Fu and Gladys Manzur went 6-10 as did Melissa Litschi in epee.
51: Tar Heels Compete At Penn State Both squads beat Drew, and the men top Johns Hopkins. Jan. 31, 2011 The North Carolina fencing squads faced tough competition Saturday in a day of dual meets hosted by Penn State. In University Park, Pa., the Carolina men won two of five, while the women picked up one victory. In Round 1, the women fell to Temple and the men beat Johns Hopkins 19-8. In Round 2, both squads beat Drew, the women 26-1 and the men 20-7. Both the Tar Heel men and women then fell to the host Nittany Lions, the University of Pennsylvania and Duke. Next up for Carolina is a trip to the Northwestern Dual Meets in Evanston, Ill. The Tar Heels will compete there this Saturday and Sunday. Women: Temple 18, UNC 9 Epee: Temple 6, UNC 3 Sabre: Temple 6, UNC 3 Foil: Temple 6, UNC 3 Men: UNC 19, Johns Hopkins 8 Epee: UNC 6-3 Sabre: UNC 6-3 Foil: UNC 7-2 Women: UNC 26, Drew 1 Foil: UNC 9-0 Epee: UNC 9-0 Sabre: UNC 8-1 Men: UNC 20, Drew 7 Foil: UNC 5-4 Epee UNC 7-2 Sabre: UNC 8-1 Women: Penn State 25, UNC 2 Foil: PSU 8-1 Epee: PSU 8-1 Sabre: PSU 9-0 Men: Penn State 18, UNC 9 Foil: PSU 7-2 Epee: PSU 5-4 Sabre: PSU 6-3 | Women: Penn 23, UNC 4 Foil: Penn 9-0 Epee: Penn 7-2 Sabre: UNC 7-2 Men: Penn 18, UNC 9 Foil: Penn 6-3 Epee: Penn 5-4 Sabre: Penn 7-2 Women: Duke 25, UNC 2 Foil: Duke 8-1 Epee: Duke 9-0 Sabre: Duke 8-1 Men: Duke 19, UNC 8 Foil: Duke 6-3 Epee: Duke 8-1 Sabre: Duke 5-4 | Tar Heels Compete At Philadelphia Invitational Jan. 21-22 | Tar Heels Compete At Northwestern Dual Meets Feb. 5-6 | University of Richmond Jan. 8, 2011 Nadeau Wins Hangover Classic Mixed Foil Event Chooses Absinthe for 1st Place Trophy
52: Tar Heels In Action At Duke UNC men fence on Saturday, women on Sunday. Feb. 11, 2011 The North Carolina men's and women's fencing teams will be in action locally this weekend, competing in Durham on Saturday and Sunday. All action will take place at Card Gym on the Duke campus. The Tar Heel men open against Johns Hopkins Saturday at 9 a.m. then face top-ranked Notre Dame at 10 and take on host Duke, ranked No. 9, at 11. Sunday is the women's competition, with UNC facing No. 4 Northwestern at 10 a.m. and No. 11 Duke at 11 a.m. The UNC men currently are ranked No. 11 nationally with a 16-12 overall record. The Tar Heels have logged 13 meets against top 10 teams and have fenced every team in the top five. The Carolina women are ranked No. 13 with a season record of 14-15. The Tar Heels have had 14 meets against teams ranked in the top 10. The men and the women each have lost just once to teams ranked below them, both to Vassar early in the season. "It's been a very good season for both teams," UNC coach Ron Miller said. | Carolina and Duke are competing for a point in the Battle of the Blues. UNC currently leads 10-3 in the standings for the annual all-sports competition.
53: UNC Men Finish 1-2 At Duke Tar Heels top Johns Hopkins, fall to No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 9 Duke Feb. 12, 2011 DURHAM, N.C. - The North Carolina men's fencing team went 1-2 in dual meets Saturday at Duke, beating Johns Hopkins and falling to Notre Dame and the host Blue Devils, both ranked in the top 10. The Tar Heels, ranked No. 11, opened the day with a 17-11 victory over Johns Hopkins. The Carolina sabre squad won 7-2 and foil earned a 6-3 victory. The Blue Jays took epee by a slim 5-4 margin. Next up for UNC was Notre Dame, ranked No. 1 in the nation. The Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 18-9, with foil falling 7-2, epee 6-3 and sabre a close 5-4. Wrapping up the day for Carolina was a battle against rival Duke, ranked No. 9 nationally. The Tar Heels fell to Duke 17-10, with the Blue Devils sweeping all three weapons: sabre 6-3, foil 6-3 and epee 5-4. Sunday is the women's competition, with UNC facing No. 4 Northwestern at 10 a.m. and No. 11 Duke at 11 a.m. The Tar Heels are ranked 13th in the nation. | Carolina Women Fall At Duke No. 13 UNC drops meets to No. 4 Northwestern and No. 11 Duke. Feb. 13, 2011 DURHAM, N.C. - The Tar Heel women's fencing team dropped a pair of meets to tough competition Sunday at Duke, falling 22-5 to No. 4 Northwestern and 21-6 to the 11th-ranked Blue Devils. In the day's opener against Northwestern, the Wildcat epee squad won 8-1. No. 13 UNC fell 7-2 in both of the other weapons. The Blue Devil sabre squad swept UNC 9-0. The Tar Heels kept it closer in the other weapons, falling 6-3 in both foil and epee. By winning both the men's meet on Saturday and the women's on Sunday, Duke claimed this year's fencing point in the Battle of the Blues, presented by Continental Tire. UNC currently leads 10-4 in the overall standings for the annual all-sports competition. Next up for the Tar Heels is the National Weapons Squad Championships Feb. 26 in New York, N.Y.
54: Tar Heel Fencers Qualify For Regionals Total of 12 men, 11 women meet standards to compete. Feb. 21, 2011 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A total of 23 North Carolina fencers have qualified for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Championships, to be held March 12 in Madison, N.J. Hosted by Drew University, the Regionals provide the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships, scheduled for March 23-26 in Columbus, Ohio. The UNC men's team qualified the maximum number of fencers, 12, while the women's team qualified 11. Teams may qualify 12 fencers per squad, with a maximum of five per weapon. Tar Heels who have earned regional qualification are: Men's epee: Daniel Giles, Eric Hsieh, Jarrett Rodrigues and Maxwell Tice-Lewis Men's foil: Joseph Alter, Kevin Nadeau, Will Woliver-Jones, Men's sabre: Samuel Austin, Jonathan Blake, Jackson Bryant-Comstock, David Winer and Kevin Ziechmann Women's epee: Kacie Albert, Melissa Litschi, Alexandria Mead, Camilla Powierza Women's foil: Jenna-Carrie Rodrigues, Hannah Thurman, Heather Van Wallendael and Kaitlin Williamson Women's sabre: Lily Fu, Sara Leung, Gladys Manzur Ziechmann, who is from Charlotte, will seek to qualify for the NCAA Championship for the fourth time in his career. He finished 23rd overall in sabre in 2010. Hsieh and Nadeau also qualified in 2010, with Hsieh 21st overall in epee and Nadeau 22nd in foil .
55: Men's Sabre, Women's Foil Lead UNC Tar Heels compete at U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships. Feb. 28, 2011 North Carolina performed well at the inaugural U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships on Sunday in New York, tying for third overall in the team competition and medalling in two weapons against a strong field. New York University hosted the event. The Tar Heels tied for third overall in the 14-team field. In the men's competition, UNC was third, while the Carolina women took fourth overall. "It was great experience for us," UNC coach Ron Miller said. "Over the last couple of years, we've missed having a strong postseason competition before regionals. This was really good, and a verification for what we've accomplished during the season. It was nice to see everybody improve, but specifically the women's team." Carolina's best finish of the day was a silver medal in men's sabre. The Tar Heel sabre squad - Samuel Austin, Jonathan Blake, Jackson Bryant-Comstock and Kevin Ziechmann - finished behind gold medalist Penn and beat Brown, Yale, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Yale, Yeshiva and Hunter. UNC's other medal was a bronze by women's foil, which tied for third with Haverford. Brown took first and Penn second. Behind the UNC-Haverford tie were NYU, Columbia and Yale. Representing the Tar Heels were Hannah Thurman, Jenna Rodrigues, Heather Van Wallendael and Kaitlin Williamson. The Tar Heels were fifth in three other weapons. Women's sabre (Lily Fu, Sara Leung, Gladys Manzur and Lauren Williams) finished behind Notre Dame in first, Columbia second, and NYU and Penn tied for third. Women's epee also was fifth, represented by Kacie Albert, Melissa Litschi, Alexandria Mead and Camilla Powierza. The Tar Heels were ahead of Yale, Haverford and Fairleigh Dickinson. UNC finished behind winner Columbia, second-place Penn and Brown and NYU, which tied for third. Men's foil took fifth, behind Notre Dame, Yale, NYU and Penn. Fencing for the Tar Heels were Joseph Alter, Jeeho Kim, Kevin Nadeau and Will Woliver-Jones. Men's epee finished seventh, in a field led by Ohio State, with Yale second. Representing the Tar Heels were Daniel Giles, Eric Hsieh, Jarrett Rodrigues and Maxwell Tice-Lewis. Next up for the Tar Heels is NCAA MidAtlantic/South Regionals, on March 12 in Madison, N.J.
56: Blake, Williamson Lead UNC At Regionals NCAA qualifiers to be announced on Tuesday. March 13, 2011 Six Tar Heel fencers earned top-12 finishes Saturday competing at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals at Drew University in Madison, N.J. Performance at the regional is one factor in qualifying for the upcoming NCAA Championships, with bids for that competition set to be announced on Tuesday. The NCAA Championships are set for March 23-26 in Columbus, Ohio. North Carolina's best finishes for the day came from Jonathan Blake in men's sabre and Kaitlin Williamson in women's foil, both of whom finished ninth overall. UNC's top finisher in men's epee was Maxwell Tice-Lewis at 11th. Also representing Carolina were Jarrett Rodrigues (21), Eric Hsieh (31) and Daniel Giles (32). In men's foil, Joseph Alter was 11th, Kevin Nadeau 15th and Will Woliver-Jones 30th. Following Blake in men's sabre were Samuel Austin (10), Kevin Ziechmann (14), David Winer (21) and Jackson Bryant-Comstock (22). In women's epee, UNC's top finisher was Kacie Albert at 15th. Camilla Powierza finished 25th and Melissa Litschi 26. Following Williamson in women's foil were Hannah Thurman (28), Jenna-Carrie Rodrigues (32) and Heather Van Wallendael (35). In women's sabre, Sara Leung was 12th, Lily Fu was 26th and Gladys Manzur 27th. | Two Carolina Fencers Headed For NCAA Championships Alter and Williamson will represent the Tar Heels. March 16, 2011 Two North Carolina fencers have earned bids to the NCAA Championships and will represent the Tar Heels at the competition in Columbus, Ohio, March 24-27. Senior Kaitlin Williamson qualified in women's foil and sophomore Joseph Alter made the field in men's foil. Both are first-time participants in the championship, which includes individual events in each of the six weapons: men's foil, men's epee, men's sabre, women's foil, women's epee and women's sabre. Williamson, a biology and psychology double major from Austin, Texas, finished ninth at Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals on March 12. Alter, who is from Charlotte and attended Myers Park High School, finished 11th. At the NCAA Championships, fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top-four fencers fence semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places, and the losers being awarded a tie for third place. Absolute ties for the seeding will be broken as follows: for positions one through three, by a coin toss; for position four, by a fence-off. An institution's place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.
57: Tar Heels In Action At NCAA Championships Alter up first, Williamson on Saturday. March 24, 2011 Two Tar Heels will be in action this weekend at the NCAA Fencing Championships Thursday through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The event is hosted by Ohio State, with competition taking place in French Fieldhouse and St. John Arena. Representing UNC are senior Kaitlin Williamson from Austin, Texas, and sophomore Joseph Alter, from Charlotte, N.C. Both compete in foil. "The foil field is very strong, as strong or stronger than the other weapons," UNC coach Ron Miller said. "But both Joe and Katie have done a great job of earning their way in and I'm looking forward to seeing how they'll do." Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top-four fencers fence semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places, and the losers being awarded a tie for third place. Absolute ties for the seeding will be broken as follows: for positions one through three, by a coin toss; for position four, by a fence-off. The men's competition begins on Thursday, with rounds 1-4. Round 5-7 are on Friday morning, with gold medal bouts beginning at 2 p.m. Women's competition begins on Saturday with the same schedule, wrapping up on Sunday afternoon Both Alter and Williamson are in the NCAA field for the first time. "We fence on a national level, so they're used to big events, but when you see that NCAA sticker on the wall it's a little different," Miller said. "There's more pressure but it also brings out the best in people. I know they'll both fence their best." Carolina's finish as a team will be determined based on points earned by individual fencers. Teams are awarded one point for each victory by a student-athlete during the championship. Last year UNC was 20th overall, with three men's fencers competing. | UNC's Alter 23rd At NCAA Championships Women's competition opens on Saturday. March 25, 2011 North Carolina sophomore Joseph Alter finished 23rd in men's foil Friday at the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships, hosted by Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. Alter, making his first career appearance in the field, earned five victories in the competitive foil draw of 24 qualifiers. In his second season on the UNC team, Alter is from Charlotte and attended Myers Park high school. Notre Dame's Ariel DeSmet won the men's foil championship, beating Miles Chamley-Watson of Penn State. St. John's took the other two weapon titles, with Daryl Homer winning sabre and Marat Israelian taking epee. Based on Alter's points total, UNC sits 24th overall in the team standings. The women's competition begins on Saturday, with Tar Heel senior Kaitlin Williamson in the foil draw. Williamson, who is from Austin, Texas., also is making her first appearance at the NCAA Championships. | Williamson 13th, Alter 24th In Foil at Fencing Championship UNC wraps up at 19th overall. March 27, 2011 North Carolina senior Kaitlin Williamson finished 13th in women's foil and sophomore Joseph Alter was 23rd in men's foil at the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships, March 24-27 in Columbus, Ohio. Their finishes combined to put UNC 19th overall in the team competition. Both Williamson and Alter were competing in the championship for the first time. Williamson, a biology and psychology double major from Austin, Texas, earned 11 victories in the course of the two-day event to finish in the middle of the women's foil field of 24. Williamson's finish was the highest for a UNC women's fencer since 2001, when Kim Treiber was eighth in women's sabre and Elizabeth Athanas was 13th in women's epee. Williamson's participation marked the first time since 2008 that a UNC women's fencer had qualified for the championship. "All four years at Carolina, Katie's win-loss record and strength of schedule were good enough to put her in a situation that if she made the regional final she would qualify for the NCAA championships," UNC coach Ron Miller said. "The previous three years, she had to withdraw from regionals. This is the first time she's completed the entire regional tournament. "She competed in a very strong women's foil field and did a great job." Alter, who is from Charlotte and attended Myers Park High School, earned five wins in men's foil field. "Joe did really well, especially for his first time being there," Miller said. "The men's foil field this year was like being at a World Cup. The level of fencing across the board, all 24 athletes, was extraordinary. He held his own, started well both days. He competed well against all levels. I know he was disappointed not to be able to close out bouts when in some cases he had a substantial lead, but getting that experience as a sophomore is incredibly valuable." Notre Dame won the team title with 174 points and multiple competitors in each of the men's and women's weapons. Penn State was second and St. John's third. Duke finished ninth overall and Boston College finished 23rd.
58: 2010-11 Awards Dean's List Academic All-ACC Dean's List Academic All-ACC Carolina Leadership Academy - Leader of Distinction Coaches Award Varsity Letter Co-Captain Men's Foil | Tar Heels Honored For Academic Performance ACC Honor Roll includes 247 UNC student-athletes. Aug. 11, 2011 GREENSBORO, N.C. - A total of 247 North Carolina student-athletes earned spots on the 2010-11 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced recently by ACC Commissioner John Swofford. The 55th annual list included 2,834 student-athletes, a record number, from the 12 conference schools. The Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the full academic year.
59: Tar Heels Honor Top CLA Participants Twenty-four earn highest distinction April 25, 2011 The Carolina Leadership Academy celebrated seven years as the premier leadership development program in college athletics on April 11 at its annual year-end banquet. The evening's program recognized top leaders as well as graduates of the Veteran Leaders and Rising Stars programs. Twenty-four student-athletes earned the CLA's highest honor, the Leader of Distinction Award, for 2010-11. Each recipient was introduced by a teammate who participates in the CLA. A student-athlete from each program spoke briefly to offer a "leadership reflection." Senior Ryan Flanagan (men's lacrosse) represented Veteran Leaders, sophomore Meghan Lyons (field hockey) represented Rising Stars, and freshman Harrison Barnes (men's basketball) represented CREED. Honored as 2010-11 Leaders of Distinction were: | Theresa Diamond (Gymnastics) Corey Donohoe (Women's Lacrosse) Katelyn Falgowski (Field Hockey) Ali Hawkins (Women's Soccer) Eric Hsieh (Men's Fencing) Joe Kinderwater (Men's Swimming and Diving) Sarah Kuonen (Women's Lacrosse) Elizabeth Lindley (Gymnastics) Melissa Litschi (Women's Fencing) Jimmy Messer (Baseball) Jenna Moore (Women's Swimming and Diving) Laura Moriarty (Women's Swimming and Diving) Kevin Nadeau (Men's Fencing) Meredith Newton (Women's Lacrosse) Catherine O'Donnell (Women's Golf) Jarrett Rodrigues (Men's Fencing) Emma Shaw (Rowing) Hannah Thurman (Women's Fencing) Brittany Walsh (Rowing) Kelli Wheeler (Softball) Kaitlin Williamson (Women's Fencing) Thomas Wood (Men's Lacrosse) Henry Zaytoun III (Men's Golf) David Zolno (Men's Swimming and Diving)
60: Chapel Hill | Pensacola | Hangout Fest 2011
61: Victoria & Elliott's Grad Party | Gulf Shores | Redneck Squirrel Shoot
62: The group is great, we're all having a great time. We went to the beach a few days ago, it was awesome. | The kids are much better than American kids. | Phone service and internet have been very hit or miss. | Aside from the language barrier and the heat, it's a piece of cake. | Coach for College
63: Don't drink the water. Because the whiskey is much cheaper. | Everything is good and I'm still healthy and stuff.
64: Front row (left to right): Vivian Xu, Katie Moylan, Gladys Manzur, Meghan Herwig, Wynton Wong, Victoria Burton, Maura Thornton, Sara Leung, Aislinn Klos, Gillian Litynski, Ron Miller (head coach) Second row: Kacie Albert, Camilla Powierza, Sarah Flinn, Lidea Shahidi, Allie Mead, Samantha Reeves, Duc Doan, Heather Van Wallendael, Brianna Osinski, Jenna Rodrigues, Brie Mittan, Nathaneal Gass, Kevin Nadeau, Josh Webb (assistant coach) Third row: Mark Goodpaster, Emily Kowalczyk, Leslie Finch, Shannon Beamon, Gerard Iervolino, Max Tice-Lewis, Matthew Bond, Faizel Bin Abdul Aziz, Rachel Deary, Sam Austin, Joseph Alter, Parker Williams, Hayden Haberle, Eric Hsieh (assistant coach) Fourth row: Brad Deal, Chris Hendel, Nate Wiecha, Daniel Giles, Hans Peng, Jordan Larson, Chris McGough, Austin Hairfield, Jay Goss, Ian Kanar, Will Woliver-Jones, Jonathan Blake, Andrew Wright, Matt Jednak (assistant coach) | 2011-12 Carolina Fencing Roster
65: 2011-2012 Schedule 11/05-11/06 Temple Intercollegiate Open Philadelphia, Pa. 11/19-11/20 Penn State Intercollegiate Open State College, Pa. 12/03/11 Penn State Dual Meets State College, Pa. 12/04/11 Brandeis Dual Meets Waltham, Mass. 01/13-1/16 Div 1/Jr. North American Cup (women) Portland, Ore. 01/21/12 UPenn Dual Meets (men) Philadelphia, Pa. W 4-1 01/22/12 NYU Dual Meets (men) New York, N.Y. 01/22/12 Temple Dual Meets (women) Philadelphia, Pa. 01/28/12 Penn State Dual Meets State College, Pa. W 2-4, M 2-3 02/04/12 Northwestern Dual Meets Evanston, Ill. W 4-3, M 2-3 02/05/12 Northwestern Dual Meets Evanston, Ill. 02/11-02/12 Duke Dual Meets Durham, N.C. M 1-4, W 2-3 02/26/12 National Squad Championships New York, N.Y. 03/10/12 NCAA-MAS Regional Championships TBA 03/22-3/25 NCAA Championships Columbus, Ohio | Class: Senior Hometown: Austin, Texas High School: Stephen F. Austin Height: 5-10 Position: Foil/Right Hand Major:Mathematics/Computer Science Double major in mathematics and computer science. Participates in the Carolina Leadership Academy as part of the Veteran Leaders program and is a recipient of the CLA's highest honor, the Tar Heel Leader of Distinction Award. Fencing at UNC: In his third season as a captain of the men's foil squad. Honored as the team's Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete for 2011-12. In his fourth year on the team. In 2011, qualified for NCAA Regional for the third time in his career and finished 15th. Finished 22nd at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Before UNC: Graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School...School valedictorian. Started fencing at age 10...Fenced foil and epee ... Third on junior epee team in 2005 and fourth in 2007. More on Nadeau: Born May 28, 1990, in Austin, Texas. Son of Mike and Darlene Nadeau. Has one brother, Bennett. Favorite pastimes are eating, sleeping and adventuring. Plays French horn and trumpet. Fun fact is that his first car was nicknamed the "Death Trap" because of several broken safety features. Pet peeve is cold weather, especially snow. Athlete he most admires is competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi. Dream job is to be an ice cream taster. Little-known talent is spotting Texas license plates.
66: $10 Practice | Tarheel Open 9/4/2011 | Bell Tower Classic 9/11/2011 Mixed Foil Rating earned: A2011
67: Tarheel Team Foil Cup 10/2/2011 1st place: Team Rocket | Tarheel Team Saber Cup 10/9/2011 | Tarheel Team Epee Cup 10/30/2011 | Clemson Tiger Open 10/15/2011 3rd place Mixed Saber (D2011)
68: Tar Heels Ready For 2011-12 Season UNC opens the year at the Temple Invitational. Oct. 31, 2011 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina men's and women's fencing teams kick off the 2011-12 season this weekend at the Temple Invitational in Philadelphia. The women's competition is scheduled for Saturday and the men's for Sunday. A tournament in which all fencers compete as individuals instead of teams, the event is expected to draw more than 500 competitors from more than 30 schools. The action takes place at McGonigle Hall on the Temple campus.
69: Tar Heels Kick Off Season At Temple Open Carolina fencers turn in strong performances. Nov. 8, 2011 The North Carolina fencing squads opened the 2011-12 season at the Temple Open in Philadelphia Nov. 5 and 6, with strong showings in all weapons. Three women turned in top 10 finishes on Saturday, and seven men registered top 10 finishes in competition on Saturday. For the women, Allie Mead took second in women's epee and Lidea Shahidi was seventh in a field of 92 fencers. Other Tar Heels in the field were Kacie Albert (14th), Emily Kowalczyk (24th), Shannon Beamon (30th), Meghan Herwig (54th) and Leslie Finch (67th). In women's sabre, Gillian Litynski tied for third in a field of 87. Also representing the Tar Heels in sabre were Gladys Manzur (18th), Sara Leung (24th), Aislinn Klos (28th), Samantha Reeves (54th), Brie Mittan (56th), Maura Thornton (65th) and Vicki Burton (74th) UNC's highest finisher in women's foil was Wynton Wong, who placed 32nd of 86. Also in the field were Brianna Osinski (37th), Heather Van Wallendael (41st), Sarah Flinn (66th) and Rachel Deary (76th). For the men on Sunday, Maxwell Tice-Lewis tied for third in epee and Daniel Giles took fifth. In a field of 100, Hayden Haberle was 17th, Parker Williams 26th, Brad Deal 58th and Jordan Larson 59th. In men's foil, Joe Alter tied for third and Kevin Nadeau was fifth to lead the way for Carolina. Also competing in the field of 89 were Harry Adams (27th), Will Woliver-Jones (31st), JeeHo Kim (33rd), Ian Kanar (35th), Andrew Wright (36th) and Chris McGough (71st). In men's sabre, three Tar Heels were in the top 10, with Jonathan Blake fifth, Nate Wiecha sixth and Samuel Austin seventh. Also in the field were Matthew Bond (49th), Gerard Iervolino (54th), Duc Doan (T55th) and Aaron Pritchard (T94th). | Litynski, Nadeau Lead UNC At Garrett Open Tar Heels fare well in competitive field at Penn State. Nov. 21, 2011 Gillian Litynski and Kevin Nadeau led the way as the North Carolina men's and women's fencing teams competed at the Penn State Garrett Open Nov. 19-20. In a very competitive field, Litynski took 10th in women's sabre and Nadeau was 8th in men's foil. Eleven women competed for the Tar Heels on Saturday, Nov. 19, and 11 members of the UNC men's squad were in action the following day. UNC Women's Epee 19. Lidea Shahidi 22. Allie Mead 23. Shannon Beamon 25. Kacie Albert 37. Emily Kowalczyk Foil 47. Heather Van Wallendael 48. Brianna Osinski Sabre 10. Gillian Litynski 15. Sara Leung 35. Aislinn Klos 38. Gladys Manzur | UNC Men Epee 23. Hayden Haberle 31. Maxwell Tice-Lewis 37. Parker Williams 39. Daniel Giles Sabre 20. Sam Austin 32. Nate Wiecha 38. Jonathan Blake 41. Gerard Ierbolino Foil 8. Kevin Nadeau 20. Joe Alter 28. Ian Kanar 39. Andrew Wright 40. Harry Adams 41. Will Woliver-Jones
70: Four Tar Heels Named Phi Beta Kappa Ikoma, Kim, Lindley and Rudolph inducted into prestigious society. Dec. 6, 2011 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Four North Carolina student-athletes were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa recently as the prestigious honorary society welcomed 138 new members from UNC. Michelle Ikoma and Elizabeth Lindley from the gymnastics team, Jackie Rudolph from the women's swimming and diving team and Jeeho Kim from the men's fencing team were recognized for their academic excellence. Ikoma is a junior from Naperville, Ill., (Naperville High School) and is majoring in business administration. Kim is a senior from Raleigh, N.C., (Sanderson High School) and is majoring in mathematics. Lindley is a senior from Burlington, N.C., (Williams High School) and is majoring in exercise and sport science with a minor in coaching education. Rudolph is a junior from Virginia Beach, Va., (Ocean Lakes High School) and is working toward a double major in mathematics and history. A student who has completed 75 hours of course work and has a grade-point average of 3.85 (on a 4.0 scale) or better is eligible for Phi Beta Kappa membership. Also eligible is any student who has competed 105 hours of course work and has a 3.75 grade-point average. Less than one percent of all college students qualify to be members. | First Dual Meets Bring Success And Frustration For Tar Heels Carolina takes on tough competition at Penn State and Brandeis. Dec. 6, 2011 The North Carolina men's and women's fencing squads dove into intercollegiate dual meet competition over the weekend, facing a strong slate of teams at Penn State on Saturday and at Brandeis in Waltham, Mass., on Sunday. On both days, the Tar Heels had plenty of successes, but also faced challenges. Following those competitions, UNC won't be back in action for more than a month. Next up on the Tar Heels' schedule is the North American Cup Jan. 13-16 in Portland, Ore. Carolina's next dual meets are Jan. 21 at the University of Pennsylvania (men) and Jan. 22 at Temple (women).
71: Fencing Dual Meets at Penn State and Brandeis: Dec. 6, 2011 By UNC coach Ron Miller The opening weekend of intercollegiate dual meet fencing competition for the Carolina team was a mixture of excellent fencing, success, frustration, lack of consistent focus and improvement. We had a lot to learn about how our weapon squads and several individuals would make the adjustment from individual tournaments back to team competition. Most of our questions were answered, but a few remain, and we have some new ones. Princeton, Harvard, Penn State are among the nation's most elite teams, and all teams at both sites are nationally competitive. The men's record of six wins and four losses could easily have been eight and two a little later in the season. The women earned three wins and sustained eight losses. Our most experienced women's foil captain (Jenna Rodrigues) was unable to attend, and our women's sabre co-captain (Sara Leung) had to sit out the last three meets after receiving a possible concussion. Another sabre starter and co-captain (Gladys Manzur) suffered a knee injury that limited her game. Our lack of experience (no returning starters) in women's foil was a predictable weakness, especially the first day at PSU, but they fought their way through every meet gaining experience and confidence that helped in all three wins. The bright side of our women's competition was the fencing of our more experienced women's epee and sabre squads. Both sabre and epee were in every meet. Freshman starters Gill Litynski (23/8) in sabre and Lidea Shahidi (20/10) in epee were the top performers for the women's team. In women's sabre Sara Leung, before her injury, had 13 wins and Gladys Manzur 11. Second year walk-on Aislinn Kloss did an outstanding job filling in for Sara, finishing with a 50% record that helped keep her squad competitive through the remainder of the competitions. Kacie Albert (17-13,) fellow starter Allie Mead with 14 wins and co-captain Shannon Beamon, who was undefeated off the bench, helped the epee squad to the best squad record over both days of competition. Co-Captain Heather Van Wallendael set the pace for the improvement of the women's foil squad. She improved from 2/13 the first day to 8/10 the second day to lead her squad back into contention. Freshman Wynton Wong also added seven important wins. Most importantly for the team's future this season, all the women showed the desire and ability to fight through adversity and to improve throughout the weekend. The more experienced men's team did what they needed to in order to win, even when they were not at their best. Especially the first day, our men's foil squad (with great pre-season results) could not find their best game. They are one of the best foil squads in the nation, but they collectively did not have one squad victory the first day. I would trust my life to the possibility that it will not happen again this season. It was just one of those days. In spite of their frustration, they were able to win key bouts that contributed strongly to wins against Vassar and NYU in particular. The second day they came roaring back with a 26/19 record, much improved over the 14/31 from Saturday. They also had three impressive squad wins against BC, MIT and Brandeis. Senior Kevin Nadeau was 15/11, Joe Alter was 14/12 and freshman Harry Adams had 9 important wins. Men's epee was a little inconsistent on Saturday, but was dominant on Sunday. Their seven squad wins was the best of any weapon, men or women. They went 27/18 on the second day (sabre was 27/18 the first day) to help secure four team wins. Sophomore transfer Hayden Haberle went 14/12, while co-captains Daniel Giles and Max Tice-Lewis also had 14 wins. Freshman Parker Williams had three big wins from the bench The men's sabre squad was the most consistent over both days. They had six squad wins and finished 50/40 for the most squad bouts won. They were led by a trio of sophomore starters: Sam Austin (18/10), Nate Wiecha (17-13) and Jon Blake (15/13.) Both the men and women had one bad meet; in fact, the same one. The word FLAT would be an understatement. The second meet of the first day was against Sacred Heart, a very strong team this season. The only good thing about that meet was that it helped everyone wake up and put things back on track. We also get a rematch in January at Penn. I can't wait! Looking at the big picture, we did better than we usually do against this level of competition this early in the season. We need to continue to improve our women's foil squad. We need to make better and quicker adjustments to regional differences in officiating, especially in sabre. We need to learn to close bouts more efficiently. Our record, especially for the men in bouts decided by only one touch was much weaker than at any point last season. We showed we fence better against the best teams and individuals. We need to carry the same discipline, focus and energy into all our bouts. This will be one of our best teams ever! We will improve with every weekend of competition.
72: Miller Logs Win Number 1,300 Tar Heel women go 4-1 at Philadelphia Invitational. Jan. 22, 2012 PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - North Carolina fencing coach Ron Miller registered the 1,300th win of his career Saturday as the Tar Heel women's squad defeated Drew at the Philadelphia Invitational, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. The Carolina women were 4-1 on the day, with the third meet providing the landmark victory. The Tar Heel women (the men are in action Sunday) opened the day with a 15-12 win over Sacred Heart and a 20-7 victory against Haverford to put Miller at 1,299 for his career. Against Drew, the epee squad won 9-0 and sabre and foil both triumphed 7-2 to give Carolina a 23-4 decision and Miller his landmark victory. Senior Allie Mead, part of the epee squad, clinched the win for UNC. Carolina went on to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 24-3 before falling 19-8 to No. 4 Northwestern to close out the day. Among standout performers were freshman Lydia Shahidi, who went 14-0 on the day fencing epee, and freshman Gillian Litynski, who was 13-1 in sabre. The epee squad was undefeated on the day, the sabre squad fell only to Northwestern, and the foil squad went 3-2, including a 9-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson to demonstrate the most improvement on the day. Carolina is back in action on Sunday, with members of the men's team fencing at the Philadelphia Invitational and at the NYU Invitational. | Women's Epee winners with their prize choices 2012 Hangover Classic Jan 7-8, 2012 University of Richmond Kevin Nadeau 1st of 72 Mixed Foil- rating earned A2012 Kevin Nadeau 9th of 89 Mixed Epee | Philadelphia Invitational Results Women - Jan. 21, 2012 UNC d. Sacred Heart, 15-12 Sabre 8-1 Foil 2-7 Epee 5-4 UNC d. Haverford, 20-7 Sabre 9-0 Foil 3-6 Epee 8-1 UNC d. Drew, 23-4 Sabre 7-2 Foil 7-2 Epee 9-0 UNC d. Fairleigh Dickinson, 24-3 Sabre 8-1 Foil 9-0 Epee 7-2 Northwestern d. UNC, 19-8 Sabre 6-3 Foil 9-0 Epee 4-5 | The Hangover Classic is one of Virginia's major fencing tournaments, offering all three weapons in both women's and mixed format. It's always a pretty darned good weekend but this year it was just amazing. I've actually started this entry several times but it kept dissolving into excited 'zomgyay!' keyboard gibberishjdfkwfsjher!!!!! IWFC-PFC Blog
73: Tar Heel Men Compete At NYU, Penn UNC goes 3-3 against tough field in New York. Jan. 22, 2012 The North Carolina men's fencing team competed at both the Philadelphia Invitational and the NYU Invitational on Sunday, splitting up the squad to hit both events and gain valuable competition experience. In New York, against a field that included four of the nation's top 10 teams, the Tar Heels were 3-3, with wins over host NYU, Wayne State and Columbia. Carolina fell to No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 10 Yale. In Philadelphia, in an event hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, a young Tar Heel squad dropped all six of its meets. Next up for Carolina is the Penn State Dual Meets on Saturday in State College, Pa. NYU Invitational UNC 18, NYU 9 UNC 20, Wayne State 7 Yale 19, UNC 8 Notre Dame 20, UNC 7 Ohio State 21, UNC 6 UNC 17, Columbia 10 | Tar Heels Back In Action On Saturday UNC men and women will compete at Penn State. Jan. 27, 2012 After a busy weekend in which the Tar Heel fencing squads competed in two different states, the team will stay together this weekend to fence at the Penn State Invitational Saturday in University Park, Pa. In addition to host Penn State and UNC, the field also includes Drew, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Penn and Haverford. UNC faced some of those same teams last weekend, but under unusual circumstances. The full women's squad competed at Penn on Saturday, but on Sunday, the men's squad split up to compete both at Penn and at NYU. At NYU, UNC went 3-3 against a tough field. At Penn, the squad was 0-6. "Due to the logistics of the meet schedules, we had to go with a split squad and the group at Penn was almost entirely made up of first-year walk-ons," UNC coach Ron Miller said. "I'm really proud of the young guys - they stepped up and did their best. That experience is a great investment for the future." At NYU, UNC beat the host team, as well as Wayne State and Columbia. "All of our victories at NYU were sound and all of the teams we lost to are in the top 10," Miller said. "Beating Columbia was a great win for us. The disappointing one was Yale, and the difference was the 5-4 bouts. Yale fenced really well. But it was a very strong field and good experience for us." Now the Tar Heels turn their attention to the action at Penn State. Both the Nittany Lion men and women were ranked No. 1 in the most recent national poll. Action begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. "We'll face three of the same teams - Penn, Drew and Haverford - at Penn State this weekend that the men lost to last Sunday, so it's a redemption weekend for us," Miller said. | Philadelphia Invitational Haverford 18, UNC 9 Penn 26, UNC 1 Johns Hopkins 20, UNC 7 Sacred Heart 26, UNC 1 Drew 18, UNC 9 NJIT 14, UNC 13
74: Following Penn State Weekend, Tar Heels Off To Northwestern Both men and women in nation's top 15. Feb. 1, 2012 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The UNC fencing squads bounce back into tough competition this weekend as they head to Evanston, Ill., for the Northwestern Dual Meets. The men and women will compete both Saturday and Sunday, with women's meets in the morning and men's in the afternoon and evening. UNC's men are currently ranked 11th in the nation, first among "others receiving votes" in the top-10 poll. The Carolina women 15th in the rankings (fifth among teams also receiving votes). The Tar Heels are coming off the Penn State Dual Meets last Saturday in University Park, Pa., where the women finished 2-4 and the men were 2-3. Among standout individual performances, Gillian Litynski was 11-4 on the day in women's sabre and Lydia Shahidi was 11-5 in women's epee, followed closely by epee teammate Kacie Albert at 10-6. On the men's side, Jonathan Blake was 10-4 in sabre for the top percentage of the day. | Women's Results Penn State d. UNC 21-6 Foil 9-0 Sabre 7-2 Epee 5-4 UNC d. Haverford, 18-9 Foil 6-3 Sabre 5-4 Epee 7-2 Penn d. UNC 15-12 Foil 9-0 Sabre 1-8 Epee 5-4 Temple d. UNC 20-7 Foil 9-0 Sabre 6-3 Epee 5-4 Duke d. UNC 19-8 Foil 9-0 Sabre 6-3 Epee 4-5 UNC d. Drew, 22-5 Foil 6-3 Sabre 7-2 Epee 9-0 | UNC Honors Standout Student-Athletes Tar Heels recognized at men's basketball halftime. Jan. 31, 2012 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina student-athletes who are 2011-12 recipients of two prestigious honors - Athletic Director's Scholar-Athletes and Tar Heel Leaders of Distinction - were recognized Thursday during halftime of the UNC men's basketball team's win over visiting NC State at the Dean E. Smith Center. An AD's Scholar-Athlete is selected from each varsity squad, representing the best of academics and athletics. The Leader of Distinction award is the highest recognition bestowed by the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy following a rigorous evaluation process. Six student-athletes were recognized as recipients of both awards for this school year. They are: Kevin Nadeau (men's fencing), Elizabeth Lindley (gymnastics), Blair Meiggs (rowing), Kirk Urso (men's soccer), Kelli Wheeler (softball) and Shinann Featherston (women's tennis). Also honored as AD's Scholar-Athletes were Jacob Stallings (baseball), Tyler Zeller (men's basketball), Laura Broomfield (women's basketball), Heather Van Wallendael (women's fencing), Taryn Gjurich (field hockey), Curtis Byrd (football), Patrick Barrett (men's golf), Allie White (women's golf), Logan Corey (men's lacrosse), Laura Zimmerman (women's lacrosse), Victor Leclere (men's swimming and diving), Jenna Moore (women's swimming and diving), Rebecca Crabb (women's soccer), Taylor Meyer (men's tennis), Adam Cunningham (men's track and field), Ashley Verplank (women's track and field), Shelbey Bleke (volleyball) and Kyle Kiss (wrestling). Honored as Tar Heel Leaders of Distinction were Camilla Powierza (women's fencing), Katelyn Falgowski (field hockey), Marcus Holman (men's lacrosse), Becky Lynch (women's lacrosse), Emma Shaw (rowing), Jordan Gafa (men's soccer), Jose Hernandez (men's tennis), Haley Hemm (women's tennis), Ariel Roberts (women's track and field) and Marisa Dobbins (women's track and field). | Men's Results Penn State d. UNC 20-7 Foil 8-1 Sabre 6-3 Epee 6-3 UNC d. Haverford, 17-10 Foil 6-3 Sabre 9-0 Epee 2-7 Penn d. UNC, 16-11 Foil 6-3 Sabre 5-4 Epee 5-4 Duke d. UNC, 18-9 Foil 5-4 Sabre 5-4 Epee 8-1 UNC d. Drew, 16-11 Foil 3-6 Sabre 6-3 Epee 7-2 Duke d. UNC 19-8 Foil 9-0 Sabre 6-3 Epee 4-5 UNC d. Drew, 22-5 Foil 6-3 Sabre 7-2 Epee 9-0
75: UNC Wraps Up Winning Weekend Tar Heels fence well against competitive field. Feb. 5, 2012 The UNC women finished 8-5 and the men were 6-4 in two days of fencing over the weekend at the Northwestern Duals in Evanston, Ill. Saturday, on Day 1 of competition, the Carolina women were 4-3 and the men went 2-3. Women's competition kicked off the day, with the Tar Heels falling in their first three meets, 17-10 to No. 3 Notre Dame, 20-7 to No. 6 Ohio State and 14-13 to Stevens Tech. Carolina then won four in a row, 16-11 over Stanford, 23-4 over Cal Tech, 15-12 over Wayne State and 15-12 over UC San Diego. As the women's meets wrapped up, the men moved into action. Carolina opened with a 17-10 win over Wayne State, then fell to No. 4 Notre Dame 20-7. The Tar Heels beat host Northwestern 21-6 then fell to No. 5 Ohio State 18-9 and No. 2 Princeton 22-5. On Sunday, the Tar Heel women went 4-2, falling to No. 2 Princeton (24-3) and No. 4 Northwestern (19-8) but beating Fairleigh Dickinson (19-8), Detroit Mercy (20-7), Cleveland State (22-5) and Lawrence (20-7) The men dropped their opener to Stanford (17-10) then topped UC San Diego (15-12), Cal Tech (26-1), Cleveland State (21-6) and Detroit Mercy (26-1). Next up for the Tar Heels are the Duke Dual Meets. The men's team fences in Durham on Saturday and the women's team is in action there on Sunday. | MEN UNC 17, Wayne State 10 Foil: 2-7 Epee: 8-1 Sabre: 7-2 Notre Dame 20, UNC 7 Foil: 6-3 Epee: 7-2 Sabre: 7-2 UNC 21, Northwestern 6 Foil: 8-1 Epee: 6-3 Sabre: 7-2 Ohio State 18, UNC 9 Foil: 4-5 Epee: 9-0 Sabre: 5-4 Princeton 22, UNC 5 Foil: 7-2 Epee: 8-1 Sabre: 7-2 | MEN Stanford 17, UNC 10 Foil 8-1 Epee 7-2 Sabre 2-7 UNC 15, UCSD 12 Foil 3-6 Epee 5-4 Sabre 7-2 UNC 26, Cal Tech 1 Foil 9-0 Epee 8-1 Sabre 9-0 UNC 21, Cleveland State 6 Foil 6-3 Epee 8-1 Sabre 7-2 UNC 26, Detroit Mercy 1 Foil 9-0 Epee 8-1 Sabre 9-0 | Northwestern Duals, Day 1 WOMEN Notre Dame 17, UNC 10 Foil: 8-1 Epee: 4-5 Sabre: 5-4 Ohio State 20, UNC 7 Foil: 9-0 Epee: 6-3 Sabre: 5-4 Stevens Tech 14, UNC 13 Foil: 7-2 Epee: 4-5 Sabre 3-6 UNC 16, Stanford 11 Foil: 1-8 Epee: 8-1 Sabre: 7-2 UNC 23, Cal Tech 4 Foil: 7-2 Epee: 8-1 Sabre: 8-1 UNC 15, Wayne State 12 Foil: 1-8 Epee: 9-0 Sabre: 5-4 UNC 15, UCSD 12 Foil: 2-7 Epee: 6-3 Sabre: 7-2 | Northwestern Dual, Day 2 WOMEN Princeton 24, UNC 3 Foil 9-0 Epee 7-2 Sabre 8-1 UNC 19, Fairleigh Dickinson 8 Foil 6-3 Epee 7-2 Sabre 6-3 Northwestern 19, UNC 8 Foil 8-1 Epee 6-3 Sabre 5-4 UNC 20, Detroit Mercy 7 Foil 6-3 Epee 8-1 Sabre 6-3 UNC 22, Cleveland State 5 Foil 6-3 Epee 8-1 Sabre 8-1 UNC 20, Lawrence 7 Foil 5-4 Epee 8-1 Sabre 7-2
76: Tar Heel Men Compete at Duke Dual Meet Carolina notches a 14-13 victory against Air Force. Feb. 11, 2012 Durham, N.C. The University of North Carolina men finished the Duke Dual Meets 1-4 through five rounds of fencing Saturday in Durham, N.C. The men fell 9-18 to No. 1 Penn State in their first and toughest meet of the day. The Tar Heels then matched up against Brandeis, losing a close match 13-14 with the sabers noting a 5-4 victory. UNC dropped the next two matches, 12-15 to No. 8 Duke and 12-15 to Johns Hopkins. Carolina bounced back in their last competition of the day, notching a 14-13 win over Air Force.
77: Women Fencers Face Top Competition, Win Two Tar Heel women fencers topple Brandeis and Air Force, each by a 15-12 margin. Feb. 12, 2012 Durham, N.C. The UNC women were 2-3 at the Duke Dual Meets on Sunday in Durham, N.C. The Tar Heels lost their first three meets to top-ten ranked opponents before bouncing back to win their last two 12-15. In the first competition, Carolina faced off with No. 1 Penn State, dropping the match 6-21. The UNC women then fell 10-17 to No. 8 Temple, 10-17 and 5-22 to No. 10 Duke. The Tar Heels won the next two matches backed by strong efforts on saber and epee. Carolina took down Brandeis and Air Force, each by a 15-12 margin.
79: Follow Carolina At The U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships Tar Heels are in action in New York. Feb. 26, 2012 The North Carolina men's and women's fencing squads are in action Sunday at the U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships in New York. Hosted by New York University, the event is taking place at the Coles Sports Center in Manhattan. The top squads in each weapon (epee, foil and sabre) will be crowned champions in the second-year event. The Championships will feature a relay-scoring structure to 45 points, rather than the typical protocol of regular NCAA fencing competitions. A champion will be crowned for each weapon (men and women). There will also be an overall champion for both the men and the women combining all three weapons. Men's Foil Results 1 Notre Dame Castellani, Crebs, Hodges 2 Pennsylvania Chang, Goldhirsch, Grodman, Kapur 3T St. Johns Blitzer, Curioso, Schenkel 3T Sacred Heart Holmes, Holmes, Jacovino 5 Princeton Daniluk, Howard, Mandle, Mills 6 New York University Ark, Jamesson, Sin, Vastola 7 Brandeis Berman, Cardillo, Choi, Levy 8 North Carolina Adams, Alter, Kanar, Nadeau 9 Yale Broughton, Gregoire-Wright, Kachru, Martinez 10 Brown Grill, Pintea, Weiss 11 Wayne State Kaizer, Nersessian, Ramlow, Schneider 12 Columbia Charles, Doyle, Pensler, Tuddenham 13 Drew Bucuvalas, Chiu, Weiss 14 Haverford Findley, Levinson, Villalta, Wang 15 Johns Hopkins Goldhirsch, Stafford, Wasser, Zatarain 16 Stevens Tech Creech, Kosaka, Rojas, Yang 17 Hunter Burney, Joanis, Chavez, Lokossou 18 Yeshiva Chevlen, Goodman, Robinson, Segura | Women's Sabre Leads UNC At Squad Championships Five of six weapons finished in the top 10. Feb. 26, 2012 Five of six North Carolina weapons finished in the top 10 in fencing action Sunday at the U.S. Collegiate Squad Fencing Championships in New York. Women's sabre led the way for UNC, finishing fifth. The Tar Heels were sixth in women's epee and men's sabre, seventh in men's epee, eighth in men's foil and 12th in women's foil. Representing Carolina in women's sabre were Aislinn Klos, Sara Leung, Gillian Litynski and Gladys Manzur. The UNC lineup in women's epee was Kacie Albert, Shannon Beamon, Alexandria Mead and Lidea Shahidi. Tar Heels competing in women's foil were Camilla Powierza, Jenna Rodrigues, Heather Van Wallendael and Wynton Wong. On the men's side, Daniel Giles, Hayden Haberle, Maxwell Tice-Lewis and Parker Williams fenced epee for UNC. The men's foil lineup was Harry Adams, Joseph Alter, Ian Kanar and Kevin Nadeau. Tar Heels competing in men's sabre were Sam Austin, Jonathan Blake, Aaron Pritchard and Nate Wiecha. Hosted by NYU, the event is in its second year and included a very challenging field. Seven of the nation's top 10 women's teams and eight of the top 10 men's teams competed on Sunday. Princeton swept all three women's weapons. St. John's won men's epee, Notre Dame took men's foil and Penn took men's sabre.
80: Ron Miller’s voice is filled with pride when he talks about the sport he helped start at the University. A Kentucky and Florida native, head coach Miller first came to UNC-Chapel Hill in 1967 as a physical education instructor. He established the fencing program while teaching and, since then, Miller has tallied over 1300 wins, a milestone that the Tar Heels reached when they traveled to the University of Pennsylvania in January. Unfortunately, not many people know about Carolina Fencing. Miller realizes fencing is not a spectator start. “Fencing is a participant sport,” he says. “We don't go to a competition expecting to perform in front of an audience.” Even though the fencers don't always receive the attention that other athletes on campus do, ultimately that's not what matters. They participate because they love it. Senior captain Kevin Nadeau acknowledges this with a playful attitude. “It's more of a joke. We kind of all understand it,” he explains. “We all know we're not basketball, we're not football, but we like what we're doing too much. We're not going to let that sort of keep us down.” “It's hard to appreciate something you don't understand,” he continues. Miller instills pride among his student athletes. He doesn't worry about how they make their presence known on campus. “It's important that we represent the school and that we're successful,” Miller says. Making sure that is just what his fencers do, written“Carolina Fencing – The Ultimate Sport.” This is their motto and that is what they are working towards: bettering their program. As a captain, Nadeau knows all about the pride Miller shares with his team. “This means a whole lot to us, just to sort of add to that legacy, add to 40-something years of this program,” he says. These fencers understand the history of the program and strive to help contribute and build upon it. “Even though we can't claim to have the strongest recruiting classes year in and year out, that's what we work for,” Nadeau says. “We work to build what this program already has and not just improve our own individual standings within collegiate fencing. We want to keep this about the team.” In a sport filled with walk-ons and students who didn't originally come to UNC-CH to be varsity athletes, you might find it easy to overlook the fencing team members. While that may seem irritating, it does not faze the fencers. “I don't think that changes what we are or what we think of ourselves, because we're still here to put as much work in as we can and be as successful as we can,” Nadeau says. Nadeau encourages audiences to attend fencing meets and support the lesser-known Tar Heel sport. He says, “We'd love other people to get involved and see what it is were doing.” Regardless of whether thousands of Carolina fans flock to cheer on the Tar Heels, these fencers will compete to the best of their abilities.
81: Tar Heels Set For Fencing Regionals Total of 24 from UNC will compete for NCAA Championships tickets. March 9, 2012 Twenty-four members of the North Carolina men's and women's fencing squads will compete Saturday at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals in Easton, Pa., in hopes of earning spots at the NCAA Championship March 22-25 in Columbus, Ohio. Hosted by Lafayette College, the NCAA Regionals run throughout the day on Saturday. The officially announcement of NCAA Championships qualification will follow on Tuesday. UNC competitors, who qualified for Regionals based on their performance during the season, are: Men's foil: Joseph Alter, Kevin Nadeau, Harry Adams and Ian Kanar Men's epee: Maxwell Tice-Lewis, Daniel Giles, Hayden Haberle and Parker Williams Men's sabre: Sam Austin, Jonathan Blake, Nate Wiecha and Aaron Pritchard Women's foil: Jenna Rodrigues, Heather Van Wallendael, Camilla Powierza, Brianna Osinski and Wynton Wong Women's epee: Lidea Shahidi, Kacie Albert, Alexandria Mead and Shannon Beamon Women's sabre: Gillian Litynski, Sara Leung and Gladys Manzur Alter and Nadeau are the only ones in the group who have advanced to the NCAA Championships. Alter finished 23rd in men's foil in 2011. Nadeau was 22nd in men's foil as a sophomore in 2010. | Litynski Fourth, Nadeau Eighth At NCAA Regionals Tar Heels fence for NCAA invitations. March 10, 2012 Tar Heel freshman Gillian Litynski led the way with a fourth-place finish in women's sabre as the North Carolina men's and women's fencing squads competed in NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals Saturday in Easton, Pa. A total of 211 student-athletes from 13 schools fenced in the event at Lafayette College's Kirby Sports Center. On the Tar Heel men's side, senior Kevin Nadeau was eighth in foil. Sophomore Sam Austin finished 10th in men's sabre and sophomore Hayden Haberle was 12th in men's epee. Another freshman, Lidea Shahidi, was Carolina's top women's epee competitor, finishing 12th. The top Tar Heel in women's foil was junior Jenna Rodrigues at 26th. Performance at the Regionals is one of the factors used to determine invitations to the NCAA Championships March 22-25 in Columbus, Ohio. The NCAA field will be announced on Tuesday. | Women's epee 12. Lidea Shahidi 28. Kacie Albert 29. Shannon Beamon 30. Alexandria Mead Women's foil 26. Jenna Rodrigues 28. Heather Van Wallendael 31. Wynton Wong 34. Camilla Powierza 35. Brianna Osinski Women's sabre 4. Gillian Litynski 18. Sara Leung 22. Gladys Manzur | Men's epee 12. Hayden Haberle 17. Daniel Giles 18. Maxwell Tice-Lewis 28. Parker Williams Men's foil 8. Kevin Nadeau 17. Joseph Alter 23. Harry Adams 24. Ian Kanar Men's sabre 10. Sam Austin 14. Nate Wiecha 21. Jonathan Blake 26. Aaron Pritchard
82: Two Tar Heels Earn Spots In Championships Litynski, Nadeau qualify for fencing field. March 14, 2012 Two North Carolina fencers have qualified for the 2012 NCAA Fencing Championships, to be held March 22-25 in Columbus, Ohio. Freshman Gillian Litynski will compete in women's sabre and senior Kevin Nadeau will compete in men's foil. Additionally, two Tar Heels are alternates for the competition. Freshman Lidea Shahidi (women's epee) and sophomore Sam Austin (men's sabre) could be added up until the day before the start of the championship. Both were regional at-large nominations. "They still have a shot," UNC coach Ron Miller said. As a freshman, Litynski will be making her first appearance, but it's the second trip for Nadeau, who qualified as a sophomore and finished 22nd in men's foil. "Kevin has a very loose, easygoing attitude," Miller said. "He'll fence as hard as he can. And more so than in the past years, he doesn't have anything to lose - he can just go and have a good time and fence well, which is exactly what he did in the regional. He started out a little unsteady in the first round and improved every round and then really did well in the final." "Gillian was really outstanding in the finals of the regional - she beat some of the top seeds handily. She had a very good performance. " Nadeau finished eight at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic'South Regionals March 10 in Easton, Pa. Litynski was fourth. The championship field of 144 includes fencers from all six weapons: foil, epee and sabre for both men and women. Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round robin, the top four fencers will compete in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places and the losers being awarded a tie for third place. An institution's finish in the championship will be based on points earned by the individuals competing. Live coverage of the event will be available online at espn3.com. An hour-long, documentary-style highlight show will air on ESPNU on March 31 at 11 a.m. EDT. | Tar Heels In Action At NCAA Championships Litynski, Nadeau competing in Columbus March 22, 2012 Two Tar Heel student-athletes will compete this weekend at the 2012 NCAA Fencing Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Freshman Gillian Litynski qualified for the women's sabre field and senior Kevin Nadeau for the men's foil. Fencing action begins Thursday morning at French Field House. The women's competition is Thursday and Friday, and the men's is Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the championships, live stats are available online at ESPN3.com. The finals for each weapon will air live.
83: Litynski Takes 18th, Nadeau 21st At Championships Duo gives UNC a tie for 19th overall in the field. March 26, 2012 North Carolina freshman Gillian Litynski took 18th in women's sabre and senior Kevin Nadeau was 21st in men's foil at the NCAA Fencing Championships last weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Their finishes put UNC 19th overall in the championship field. Litynski earned eight points for the Tar Heels with her finish, and Nadeau earned six. Host Ohio State won the championship with a total of 182 points, scoring in all six weapons. Princeton was second with 161 and Notre Dame third with 160.
84: Senior fencer Kevin Nadeau spoke on behalf of the Tar Heel student-athletes, admitting that he sometimes misses his Austin, Texas roots but that "as far as being a college athlete, nothing compares with Blue Heaven."
85: Carolina Celebrates Success At All-Sports Banquet Annual event includes announcement of UNC and ACC awards. April 16, 2012 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina student-athletes joined with coaches, administrators and staff Monday evening at the Dean E. Smith Center to celebrate the 2011-12 school year and the seasons of all 28 Tar Heel varsity teams at UNC's annual All-Sports Banquet. The evening included recognition of the year's outstanding performances in the classroom and in competition. "As the spring semester draws to a close, the All-Sports Banquet is a great opportunity to gather together and relive the year's successes," said UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. "Our student-athletes have worked hard academically, athletically and in the community during the school year, and we're proud to recognize them in front of their peers, as well as our coaches and staff." Emceed by Rick Steinbacher, UNC's Associate Athletic Director for Marketing, the evening opened with music from popular campus a cappella group the UNC Clef Hangers and the debut of Carolina's annual all-sports video, also quite popular. Senior fencer Kevin Nadeau spoke on behalf of the Tar Heel student-athletes, admitting that he sometimes misses his Austin, Texas, roots but that "as far as being a college athlete, nothing compares with Blue Heaven." The student-athletes also heard from Lissa Broome, UNC's Faculty Athletics Representative and a professor in the School of Law, who congratulated them on a successful year and urged them to "finish strong" as finals approach. The program included announcement of several prestigious department awards. The Mildred McCaskill Award, which recognizes student-athletes who demonstrate excellence in athletics, scholarship and service to the community, went to Jenna Moore (swimming and diving) and Kirk Urso (men's soccer). The award is named for Mildred McCaskill, a strong supporter of the UNC athletic programs. Her sister-in-law, Carol McCaskill, presented the awards, along with the Rams Club's Sue Walsh. ACC Top Six for Service Awards are presented annually to six student-athletes at each Atlantic Coast Conference school who demonstrate dedication and commitment to community service and outreach programs. UNC's recipients for 2011-12 are Shelbey Bleke (volleyball), Marisa Dobbins (track and field), Elizabeth Mott (track and field), Jonathan Cooper (football), Haley Hemm (women's tennis) and Kathleen Reynolds (rowing). ACC Senior Scholar Awards go to one male and one female student-athlete from each ACC school who demonstrate the highest excellence in academics and athletics. This year's recipients are Adelaide Gay (women's soccer) and Kevin Nadeau (men's fencing). The John Lotz Award is given annually to a student who best exemplifies the spirit of the late John Lotz, who served as UNC's Assistant Athletic Director of Campus and Community Relations and also was an assistant basketball coach for the Tar Heels. Recipients have succeeded under adverse circumstances, overcoming difficulties while maintaining a positive attitude. The two recipients for 2011-12 are Shinann Featherston (women's tennis) and Matt Merletti (football), both of whom battled back from injuries during their careers. The crowd also cheered the winners of several awards and honors that had been previously announced: Tyler Zeller (men's basketball) was recognized as the recipient of the Tatum Award, a University honor presented to a student-athlete who has performed with distinction in his or her sport and who has contributed to the campus through participation in outreach activities. Six student-athletes were recognized for earning Phi Beta Kappa honorary society induction during the 2011-12 school year. They were Scott Goodwin (men's soccer), Michelle Ikoma (gymnastics), Jeeho Kim (men's fencing), Elizabeth Lindley (gymnastics), Jackie Rudolph (women's swimming and diving) and Heather Van Wallendael (women's fencing). Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Award winners from each team were announced earlier this semester and recognized at halftime of a men's basketball game. Monday night they were once again honored on the floor of the Smith Center. Recipients were: Jacob Stallings (baseball), Tyler Zeller (men's basketball), Laura Broomfield (women's basketball), Kevin Nadeau (men's fencing), Heather Van Wallendael (women's fencing), Taryn Gjurich (field hockey), Curtis Byrd (football), Patrick Barrett (men's golf), Allie White (women's golf), Elizabeth Lindley (gymnastics), Logan Corey (men's lacrosse), Laura Zimmerman (women's lacrosse), Blair Meiggs (rowing), Victor Leclere (men's swimming and diving), Jenna Moore (women's swimming and diving), Kirk Urso (men's soccer), Rebecca Crabb (women's soccer), Kelli Wheeler (softball), Taylor Meyer (men's tennis), Shinann Featherston (women's tennis), Adam Cunningham (men's track and field), Ashley Verplank (women's track and field), Shelbey Bleke (volleyball) and Kyle Kiss (wrestling). Highlighting the evening was a student-organized video set to "Jump Around" that included many of the Tar Heel teams and even some coaches. Cunningham closed the program, recognizing the Carolina men's soccer team for its 2011 NCAA title and the field hockey team for its NCAA runner-up finish. | ACC Senior Scholar Awards go to one male and one female student-athlete from each ACC school who demonstrate the highest excellence in academics and athletics. This year's recipients are Adelaide Gay (women's soccer) and Kevin Nadeau (men's fencing).
87: 2011-12 Awards Dean's List Academic All-ACC Athletic Director's Scholar Athlete Award ACC Male Scholar Athlete Award Student Athlete Keynote Speaker at the Athletic All-Sports Banquet Most Outstanding Men's Foil Men's Team MVP Outstanding Senior Coaches Award Varsity Letter Co-Captain Men's Foil Carolina Leadership Academy - Leader of Distinction NCAA Championships Competitor | Adam Brewer: Glad to see Kevin is doing well! Haven't seen that dude in forever. Stéfanie Engstrom: Haha, Adam, he did better than well- he won the damn thing! :p Adam Brewer: Awesome | Cherry Blossom Open