Carleton in search of third straight title at OUA women's fencing championship

Carleton in search of third straight title at OUA women's fencing championship
HAMILTON, Ont. -  Speed, aggression and strategy will be on display this weekend at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston, Ont., as the Paladins play host to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) women’s fencing championship. The weekend will see 10 teams and over 100 athletes competing for the Kay Aoyama trophy as the OUA women’s fencing champions. The two-day event will run February 8-9 at the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre.

The Carleton women’s fencing team will be in search of a third straight overall championship and will look to make it a Raven sweep after their male counterparts claimed gold a week ago. Carleton lost five fencers from last year’s championship squad, but still return some key pieces.

Adrienne Sukunda returns to the fold for Carleton. She is last year’s individual sabre champion and was also named an OUA all-star. Isabelle Gauthier returns as a member of Carleton’s épée team which won the gold medal last year. Both will be competing in the same events at this year’s championships.

The host Paladins feature a talented and experienced squad and have an eye on returning to the form that saw the team claim three straight titles from 2005 to 2007. 

Very important to the success of the team will be the results of Daniela Moyano. The fourth-year fencer was an OUA medalist and all-star in women's foil at the 2013 championship and claimed a silver medal at the Brock Open in November.

Another top contender for the hosts is Marion Agier in women's sabre.  Agier finished fourth during last year’s championship, but was a top scorer and anchor in the team event, earning herself an OUA all-star nomination as well.  

The RMC women's épée team is coming off a season of success, winning a silver medal at a European championship in Belgium as well as another silver medal at the Carleton Invitational in January.

Joanna Kolbe and the Ryerson Rams will also be in Kingston looking to knock of Carleton. Kolbe is a three-time gold medalist in the individual épée and will be in search of a remarkable fourth straight title.

Kristen Wavryk, off the strength of an individual épée gold medal at the Ontario Challenge Circuit event in Newmarket in November, will join forces with Kolbe hoping to reclaim épée team gold after winning silver a year ago.

Also competing in Kingston will be the Toronto Varsity Blues featuring 2012 Olympian Donna Vakalis. Vakalis represented Canada in the modern pentathlon, which features épée fencing as one component, at the Games in London. She was also named an OUA all-star in 2013. Most recently, Vakalis claimed a bronze medal in épée at the Canada Cup in Vancouver in December.

The Western Mustangs, Brock Badgers, McMaster Marauders, Queen’s Gaels, York Lions and Ottawa Gee-Gees will round out the competition.

The 2014 OUA women’s fencing championship kicks off on Saturday, February 8 with individual competition. The team portion of the event will take place on February 9. Awards will be presented following the completion of matches on both days.
 
Stay tuned to OUA.ca. for results.