CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Four Harvard men's fencing members competed in the North American Cup featuring over 1,800 athletes. Sophomores Geoffrey Tourette, Adrien Thein-Sandler and first-year Daniel Solomon placed in the top five among the field, which included three medalists from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Sophomore foil fencer Tourette moved through the 38 pools of 208 competitors before besting his opponents during direct elimination. In the championship faceoff, the Crimson fencer took on Notre Dame's Andrew Machovec and claimed the first-place spot with a 15-14 victory. Additionally, the sophomore posted a tenth-place finish in the Division 1 Men's Foil event.
Also cracking the top five, sophomore epee fencer Thein-Sandler finished junior men's epee competition in fifth-place after recording a perfect 6-0 performance during elimination. The Crimson fencer fell during the round of eight to Stephen Ewart, 15-11. Thein-Sandler put up a strong fight in senior epee,recording four victories in pool play with a +8 touch diffrential before concluding the competition in the fourth round of direct elimination to finish 11th out of 320.
First-year Solomon took the strip for men's junior saber event, besting his opponents to tally a +20 touch differential before moving through direct elimination to reach the final eight, capturing eighth place. Crimson teammate, junior Erwin Cai followed close behind recording a a 6-0 +22 touch differential sweep in pool play, while finishing ninth overall. Cai, added five more vitories in senior saber pool play with a +12 touch differential. The junior went 16-2 on the day.
- In pool play, Tourette went 5-1 with a +12 touch differential.
- All Crimson members finished in the top 20 of all their respective events.
- During junior men's saber pool play, Solomon captured a 6-0 sweep.
The quartet looks to continue their success when the Crimson takes on the St. Johns Invitational on Jan. 19 in Queens, N.Y.