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Mills Places Seventh at European Championships

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria -- Harvard rising sophomore Noam Mills finished seventh in the epee at the European Championships this week, narrowly missing a spot in the semifinals. Mills, who will serve as a co-captain of the Crimson this upcoming season, is currently the 25th ranked epee fencer in the world.

A native of Kfar Saba, Israel, Mills defeated Romania’s Anca Maroiu, who is ranked 19th in the weapon, and Simona Alexandru at the tournament. Prior to falling to Mills, Maroiu defeated Olympic silver medalist Ana Branza of Romania, the current No. 1 player in the world.

Mills, who competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Team Israel, placed second at the NCAA Championships after defeating 21 fencers at the NCAA meet as a freshman last season. She garnered All-America and All-Ivy League first team honors, going 17-1 at the Ivy League Championships. Mills also won the gold medal at the NCAA Regionals.

Photo of Noam Mills courtesy of DSPics.com.