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Women's Epee, Saber Teams Finish First at Squad Championships

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/24/2013
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Gracie Stone helped the women's saber team win first place at Ohio State.
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In the final weekend before the rescheduled Ivy League Championships, the Princeton fencing teams sent competitors to Ohio State for the National Squad Championships and came home with two first-place finishes.

Both the women's epee and women's saber teams came home with the gold. In the epee, Princeton had the No. 2 seed and defeated NYU 45-17 in the quarterfinals, Northwestern 45-32 in the semifinals, and Ohio State 45-31 in the final. Hannah Safford, Phoebe Caldwell, Susannah Schanlan and Christina Efthimion contributed to the won. In the saber, Princeton, also with the No. 2 seed, had a quarterfinal bye before defeating Northwestern 45-34 in the semis and Ohio State 45-29 in the final. Gracie Stone, Desirae Major, Diamond Wheeler and Arden Youngblood were part of Princeton's team in that weapon.

In men's epee, Princeton opened with the No. 2 seed and a bye in the quarterfinals, but the Tiger trio of Luke Politi, Delaney Granizo-Mackenzie and James O'Donnell were out-touched by Sacred Heart 45-43. That sent Princeton's three to the third-place match, where Penn won 45-27.

Individual touch totals for Princeton's fencers in the event are below.

Men's Epee
Semifinal, Sacred Heart 45, Princeton 43
Politi 21, Granizo-Mackenzie 10, O'Donnell 12
Third-Place Match, Penn 45, Princeton 27
Politi 18, Granizo-Mackenzie 5, O'Donnell 4

Women's Epee
Quarterfinal, Princeton 45, NYU 17
Caldwell 14, Safford 17, Efthimion 14
Semifinal, Princeton 45, Northwestern 32
Safford 8, Scanlan 24, Caldwell 13
Final, Princeton 45, Ohio State 31
Safford 16, Scanlan 16, Caldwell 13

Women's Saber
Semifinal, Princeton 45, Northwestern 34
G. Stone 16, Youngblood 9, Major 15, Wheeler 5
Final, Princeton 45, Ohio State 29
G. Stone 15, Major 15, Wheeler 15

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