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|UNC's Gill Litynski Claims
ACC Women's Fencing Sabre
Her championship bout victory, 15-6
over Notre Dame’s Claudia Kulmacz,
provided a fitting finale for UNC, which
hosted the return of the ACC Fencing
Championship after a 34-year hiatus.
|Div 1A GOLD for Gill Litynski
2016 National Championships - Dallas
Our first champion has been crowned in DIV I
Summer Nationals! Gillian Litynski, RN,
BSN, won 8th! Now on to the PhD!
World University Games in Korea:
Gill Litynski Women's Sabre Individual ~ 32nd place
|UNC's Bernstein Receives
Prestigious NCAA Scholarship
Jake Bernstein, who graduated from North Carolina
in May, has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate
Scholarship. He is among 48 men and women from
winter sports honored and the only student from an
Atlantic Coast Conference school. The award is worth
$7,500, to be used toward graduate studies.
Bernstein, from St. Louis, Mo., majored in computer
science and was a four-year member of the men’s
Three Fencers Earn All-ACC Academic Honors
Three North Carolina fencers have been named to the 2016 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team, as
announced by the conference. Freshman Matthew Garrelick and sophomore Matthew Shlimak were named to
the men’s team and sophomore Meredith Bozentka was named to the women’s team. All three earned the
honor for the first time.
Garrelick, who is from Cedar Grove, N.J., fences sabre for the Tar Heels and is majoring in mathematical
decision sciences. He reached the 2016 NCAA Championships and finished 22nd overall.
Shlimak, from Houston, Texas, fences epee and is majoring in economics. He was UNC’s top individual finisher
at ACC Championships, placing third.
Bozentka, from Philadelphia, Pa., fences sabre and is majoring in biology. She qualified for the NCAA
Championships this season for the first time and finished 11th overall.
"Lalezarian, a junior from Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., will be at the fencing venue. No Tar Heel alums
are competing, but Lalezarian has competed against several of the fencers who will be there.
“Attending the Olympics in Rio as a student journalist with UNC is a tremendous honor; I'm still kind
of in shock,” she said. “I've been fencing for 10 years, nearly half my life, but never imagined going
to the Olympics. Of course I won't be competing in the Games, but I'm just as excited to cheer on
Team USA from the sidelines. While fencing is a growing sport, it still remains a small and tightly knit
community. I have practiced and looked up to the many of the fencers representing team USA,
especially those in women's foil, so I'm especially excited to watch them compete and go for gold.“
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Ezra Baeli-Wang (Hillsborough, N.J.), a senior on
the men’s fencing team who is working toward a
double major in Asian studies and peace, war and
defense and a minor in creative writing. He is a
team captain and also serves as co-president of
UNC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
|Two members of the women’s team medaled on Saturday. Junior
Meredith Bozentka had the headline performance of the day,
winning women’s sabre. Freshman Carlexa Fevry tied for third in foil,
a weapon in which UNC had three competitors in the top six. After
Fevry, senior Gabrielle D’Astoli placed fifth and sophomore Sydney
Persing sixth. Also in the top 16 were freshman Wei Chee Chen (14)
and sophomore Alicia Chen (16).
In men’s competition on Sunday, another Carolina fencer medaled
with senior Michael Gopman Slonim tying for third in epee. Not far
behind him was freshman Jacob Henkels in seventh. Due to injuries
and academic conflicts they were the only two Tar Heels in the event.
|Fevry Leads Tar Heel
Women At Garrett
Penn State Open
Freshman Carlexa Fevry led UNC Saturday as the Carolina women’s
fencing team competed at the Garrett Penn State Open in University
Park, Pa. Fevry’s fifth place finish in the women’s foil field of 42 was the
Tar Heels’ best of the day.
|April 8, 2017 ~ UNC Fencing Alumni
Celebrated Coach Miller's 50th year as
Carolina's Head Fencing Coach
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Remarks at 50th Celebration, 2017
|Bozentka 18th At NCAA
Tar Heel junior Meredith Bozentka placed
18th in women’s sabre at the 2017 NCAA
Fencing Championships, which wrapped up on
Sunday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in
“I’m proud of her and pleased with how she
did,” UNC coach Ron Miller said. “It was a really
tough field in all weapons.”
It won't be the first time sabre captain Sarah Hanvy has
belted out the national anthem before a sporting event this
spring, but it will be her biggest stage!
The Tar Heel senior will join student-athletes from the other
three Final Four schools – Oregon, Gonzaga and South
Carolina – to sing the national anthem before tonight's NCAA
men's basketball semifinal games in Glendale, Ariz.
Proud of you, Sarah!
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|Carolina Claims First ACC Women's Fencing Championship
Miller is the only one in the program who had ever experienced an ACC
Championship. While it's the first title for the women's program, it's the ninth
for him, with the other eight coming long before any of his current fencers
were born. He coached UNC to eight men's titles between 1971 and 1980 but
as several ACC schools dropped fencing it ceased to be a conference sport.
That changed in 2015, when the championship was revived with four teams:
UNC, Duke, Notre Dame and Boston College. For the first time in UNC
women's fencing program history, the Tar Heels claimed the ACC title, beating
Duke for the first since 2015 and then defeating the Blue Devils and Notre
Dame, the defending NCAA champion, in a fence-off.
Georgina Summers and Justine de Grasse became
the first pair of North Carolina fencers to medal at the
Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, winning
silver and bronze, respectively, in women's epee.
Jackie Litynski scored the winning breath-taking
touch for the Women's Championship finish.
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