Denison places in Midwest Fencing Conference
The Denison University fencing team, the Swashbucklers, took a giant stride forward this year as they joined the Midwest Fencing Conference, a conference that includes club, Division I, Division II, and Division III varsity teams.
Competing in the first duals of the season, Denison beat all expectations, placing fourth out of an extremely difficult eight-team field. After beginning the day with a hard-fought 10 -17 loss to Oberlin, team captains George Malloch-Brown, Daniel Timmins, and Will Ackermann rallied the Swashbucklers to successive victories over Bowling Green (20-7), Xavier University (22-5), host school Case Western Reserve (16-11), and finally Oakland University (24-3).
The winning streak ended with losses to two of the best teams in the conference, University of Michigan and Cleveland State. Some of the highlights of the day included the epee squad’s nail-biter over Case Western — a victory that was especially sweet because double threat junior Robert Templehoff, in true team spirit, stepped onto the epee squad after training in foil all season, scoring eight victories on the day.
Other highlights included first-years Gavin Thomas and John Fernow winning five and four bouts, respectively, after only two months of experience. Also, with only two months experience, junior Mattie Shepard proudly represented the Denison women’s team with four victories on the day.
Coach and English Professor Peter Grandbois said, “Denison’s team is off to a fantastic start. I really didn’t expect us to win this many at our first meet. I am extremely proud of these athletes.” He added, “We are a growing team, and we are still looking for more members, especially women.”
So, if you’re looking for an exciting new sport, remember now is the time to try. No experience is necessary, and Denison provides the equipment! The fencing club meets Sundays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the second floor of the Mitchell Center.