Jan. 6, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Coming off a 10th-place finish in the NCAA championships, the Stanford fencing team looks to capitalize on experience and a strong recruiting class to reach the 2012 NCAA fencing final four. The team is confident in its ability to improve on last year's finish and perform well in Columbus, Ohio, in late March.
"We have a great recruiting class coming in and some outstanding veterans returning," said head coach Lisa Milgram. "Finishing in the top ten last season was nice, but we are focused on the final four this year."
Women's Epee: With Francesca Bassa taking a year off to train for the 2012 Olympics, Rebecca Chung will transfer from the women's foil squad to compete in women's epee for the first time. She will be joined by freshman Katya Stavisky and Ashley Titan.
Women's Sabre: The women's sabre squad will be anchored by Suraya Omar. Former walk-on Atira Richards and freshman Julia Klepner will join Omar.
Women's Foil: Freshman Lily McElwee joins the team and Milgram expects her to compete at a high level right away. "Lily has the talent to advance to the NCAA individual championships, I have no doubt about that," said Milgram. She will be joined by Meaghan Conway and Amanda Zerbe on the women's foil squad.
Men's Epee: Led by captain Kevin Mo and 2011 NCAA All-American Kian Ameli, the men's epee squad is deep and talented. Cole Connelly, Jake Harbour and Paul Riviere round out the group.
Men's Sabre: Freshman Cameron Lindsay arrives with high expectations. "Cameron has everything it takes to lead our men's sabre squad this season," said Milgram. "He has a chance to have a great season and really contribute to our team's success." Lindsay is joined by Jeremy Klepner and Daniel McHugh.
Men's Foil: Turner Caldwell and freshman Jonathan Lee anchor the men's foil squad. Caldwell, a second-team All-American in 2011, finished seventh at last season's NCAA championships. They will be joined by Reed Jobs, Alex Khoshnevissan, Christopher Khoshnevissan, Isaac Madan, graduate student Andrew Scheuermann and Alexander Stadnyk.
The Cardinal will compete in its first tournament at the Western Invitational at the United States Air Force Academy on Saturday.