Recent news. . .
Jan. 27- Junior Kaylyn Bradshaw (photo above) captured eighth place in women's epee on Saturday in the Illinois State Championships at New Trier High School.
Jan. 20- Led by a first place from Kevin Yu in men's epee, Marian Catholic turned in a successful effort in the Great Lakes JV Championships at Marian Central Catholic HS on Saturday. The Spartans also excelled behind Jacob Nieto (second in men's sabre), Matthew Tan (third in men's epee), Benny Nguyen (fifth in men's epee) and Maritza Spott (sixth in women's foil).
Jan. 13- The Marian men and women each posted 3-1 records at the Marian Great Lakes Duals, recording victories over Lowell, University of Chicago and Homewood-Flossmoor. The Spartan women's sabre was undefeated for the day, while women's foil and epee, and men's epee posted 3-1 marks.
Jan. 6- Marian captured four medals at the Deerfield-Highland Park Invite, including three in women's epee: Danae Conigan fifth, Ugochinyere Ndukwe seventh and Kaylyn Bradshaw eighth. Maritza Spott was eighth in women's foil.
Dec. 16- The Marian JV earned a pair of medals at the Homewood-Flossmoor Invite, as Zuriel Richardson, Matthew Tan and Kevn Yu combined to defeat Glenbrook South for first place in men's epee. Marian also earned a third in women's foil behind Alanna Leedy, Courtney Harris and Maritza Spott.
Dec. 2- In Great Lakes action at New Trier, the Marian Women improved to 8-2 with victories over Maine West, Deerfield/Highland Park, Glenbrook South and Evanston, while the Spartan Men improved to 6-4 with wins over Maine West, Glenbrook South and Evanston.
Nov. 18- Marian earned a pair of medals at the Catholic Memorial Invite, as Ugochinyere Ndukwe was eight in epee and Kevin Yu was seven in epee.
Nov. 11- In Great Lakes Conference action, the women posted a 4-1 record with victories over Brookfield Academy, Waukesha Catholic Memorial, Marian Central and Libertyville/Vernon Hills, while the men defeated Brookfield, Catholic Memorial and Marian Central to notch a 3-2 mark.
Oct. 28- Kevin Ham earned a third place on Saturday in the Illinois Division Junior Olympic Qualifiers at New Trier High School, earning a spot in the Junior Olympic Nationals on Feb. 16-19 in Memphis.
2016-17 season- The Marian men finished 7-7, including ninth in the Great Lakes Conference. Kevin Ham earned first in Men's Sabre at the JV Conference. The Spartans also excelled at the H-F JV Invite with a third place in Men's Foil (Cole Chambers, Nicholas Josten, Kyle Kwok) and Men's Sabre (Ham, Jacob Nieto, Gabriel Richardson).
The Marian women finished 9-5 with a sixth place in the Great Lakes Conference. Kaylyn Bradshaw captured a varsity seventh in Women's Epee at the Midwest Open. At the H-F JV Invite, the Spartans earned second in Women's Foil (Angelica Beers, Ariel Castillo, Lisette Kelly), third in Women's Epee (Bradshaw, Danae Conigan, Ashley Denton)
and third in Women's Sabre (Jordyn Allen, Imani Barnes, Melanie Chio and Gemmia Deadmon).
Marian Catholic Fencing Team Philosophy
Marian Catholic’s fencing program seeks to provide a balance between inclusion and excellence. While we have created programs to accommodate as many students as possible, we are a varsity sport, with a commitment to training young fencers to compete at the local, collegiate and national levels. We do not guarantee that we will be able to provide opportunities for every student who tries out.
New fencers and returning fencers will each attend two days of tryouts. At the end of this period, an initial cut will be made. Fencers who are kept with the team will be placed on one of the teams below.
Fencers experienced in high school competition. No novice fencers will be on these teams of 13-15 boys and 13-15 girls. Must be committed to compete in all meets (see competition schedule) and attend practice 3-4 times per week.
First or second year fencers building skills towards varsity-level competition. Few, if any, juniors or seniors will be included. Approximately 10 boys & 10 girls. Practice 3 times a week.
Fencers of all experience levels who are not among the top varsity or beginning fencers. Practice 2-3 times a week. Limited competitive opportunities for those who attend practice faithfully.
Fencers missing the day of practice before a meet, when not prearranged with the coach, will not fence in the meet. Fencers missing two days of practice during a week, for any reason, may be held from competition that weekend. An unauthorized absence from practice results in suspension from the next competition. A second unauthorized absence will result in a two-week suspension.
Fencers showing poor sportsmanship in their actions or words towards officials, competitors, teammates or coaches will be subject to suspension for the next competition.
Fencers receiving red or black cards from tournament officials for unsportsmanlike behavior will automatically be suspended from competition for not less than one week.
High School Team/Club Policy
While attendance at area fencing clubs is encouraged, fencers may not represent these clubs at high school meets during the high school season. Fencers are not allowed to skip team practices to attend outside fencing club practices or functions.
MCHS Athletics & School Policies
Although fencing is not an IHSA sport, fencers will observe all of the relevant IHSA guidelines with regard to athletic participation, and will be bound by the “Academic Eligibility” policy, the “Dress Code When Representing Marian” policy and all other relevant provisions of the Student Handbook.
Fencers selected for the team will pay a $100 per year equipment fee used to purchase their personal equipment, all of which goes with them when they graduate. Equipment to be purchased includes the following: year 1 - mask, plastron & glove (jacket and pants will be issued from the team armory); year 2 - custom-fitted jacket and pants; year 3 - weapon, body cord, mask cord (if needed) and fencing bag; all 4 years - repair and/or replacement of any items broken or outgrown. Any items of equipment that are lost will be replaced at the fencer’s expense. Personal equipment owned by fencers before joining the team must be inspected and approved by the coaches.
Fencers who participate in club fencing during the off-season may deduct $25 from their annual equipment fee. Fencers whose families participate in the Marian Madness athletics fundraiser in March by selling 7 or more tickets (either entry or raffle) do not have to pay the equipment fee for the following year.
Fencing after Marian
- Megan Chio '16 - saber, Indiana University
- Alexis Castillo '16- foil, Indiana University
- Sierra Jones '15 - epee, Wayne State University.
- Andrew Tolbert '14 - epee, first male member of the McKendree U. Fencing Team.
- Mary Hardig '14 - saber, first female member of the McKendree U. Fencing Team.
- Simiola Babayode '13 - epee, Cleveland State University.
- Aaron Cook '10 - men's foil at Purdue U; team captain 2012/13-2013/14.
- Emily Brewster '10 - women's saber, Boston University; 2015 Collegiate Club Championship 8th place individual and 1st place team; competed with the Imperial College Fencing Club, London, England in Summer 2012.
- Sandy Denton '09 - competed in Division 2, Women's Epee at the 2009 Summer Nationals held in Texas, finishing 22nd out of 118 competitors.
- Alex Block '08 - was employed as a fencing instructor at the Milwaukee Sport Fencing Academy in Wisconsin.
- Kathleen Halpin '07 - women's saber, Cornell U., Ithaca, NY.; assistant fencing coach, Culver Academies, Indiana.
- Stephanie Wegrzyn '06 - founded the fencing club at Columbia College in Chicago.
Fencing alums meet up at the Midwest Collegiate Fencing Championship in March 2017. L to R - Mary Hardig '14 (McKendree), Megan Chio '16 (Indiana U.), Sierra Jones '15 (Wayne State), Simiola Babayode '13 (Cleveland State) and Andrew Tolbert '14 (McKendree).
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