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Yevgeniy Karyuchenko Wins National Title; St. John's Fencing Finishes Third at NCAA Championship

Monday, March 24, 2014

In the final two days of competition, St. John’s fencing improved from sixth place to finish third overall at the 2014 NCAA National Championship. 

Freshman Yevgeniy Karyuchenko became the 21st member of Red Storm fencing to win an individual national title, doing so during the epee competition which was aired live on ESPN3 on Sunday.  Karyuchenko was also named a First Team All-American.  

Both men’s saber fencers, freshmen Ferenc Valkai and Roman Sydorenko, competed against each other in the semifinals, with Valkai defeating teammate Sydorenko, to advance to the finals. Valkai ultimately won the silver medal, while Sydorenko garnered bronze, thus giving St. John’s a gold, silver, and bronze medal in the men’s individual competition.  Michele Caporizzi finished fifth in men’s foil and Cooper Schumacher placed eighth in men’s epee. The Red Storm men’s squad compiled 95 points, the highest point total on the men’s side. 

Senior Alina Ferdman was the top finisher on the women’s side, placing fifth in women’s epee and earning Second Team All-America honors in the process. Sophomore Marta Hausman placed eighth in women’s foil and also earned Second Team All-America honors, becoming a two-time All-American.  Irene Spezzamonte, competing in her first NCAA Championship, placed 10th in women’s foil.  The women’s team combined for 61 points. 

Head coach Yury Gelman’s teams have now finished sixth or better at the NCAA Championships for 19 years in a row. This is the best finish for St. John’s since 2011 when the team also placed third. St. John’s won the national championship in 2001 and has been runner-up on five occasions (1995, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2010). 

Red Storm All-Americans:

First Team All-American
Yevgeniy Karyuchenko (men’s epee)
Ferenc Valkai (men’s saber)
Roman Sydorenko (men’s saber)

Second Team All-American
Cooper Schumacher (men’s epee)
Michele Caporizzi (men’s foil)
Alina Ferdman (women’s epee)
Marta Hausman (women’s foil)

All-American honorable mention
Max Blitzer (men’s foil)
Irene Spezzamonte (women’s foil)

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