The Culver Academies fencing team placed eight athletes on the podium at the Great Lakes Junior Varsity Championship.
February 2, 2015
Yu Jin Lee congratulates an opponent during the Midwest Open. Culver photos/Jan Garrison

Yu Jin Lee congratulates an opponent during the Midwest Open. Culver photos/Jan Garrison

The tournament was conducted at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Ill., on Jan. 24.

Yu Jin Lee ’17 (Seoul) captured gold in the women’s foil, finishing 10-0 in the tournament. Emerging from a field of 34 competitors, she defeated top seed Julia Son of Stevenson High School, 15-14. She then took the title with a 15-13 decision over Mellin Chan from Glenbrook South.

Troy Shen ’17 (Chicago) took silver in men’s foil, finishing the tournament with an 11-1 record in a field of 48 fencers. Jaime Mendoza ’17 (Mexico City) finished 10-1 to capture the saber bronze medal out of a field of 63 competitors.

Fifth place finishers were Emily Hur ’17 (Busan, South Korea) in women’s foil, Charlie Chen ’16 (Culver) in men’s foil, and Reeves McKenney ’17 (Roanoke, Va.) in men’s saber. Finishing in eighth place were Cassidy Trammell ’16 (Goshen, Ind.) in women’s epee and Sierra Salerni ’17 (Culver) in women’s saber.

The JV championship is intended for fencers with less than two years of experience. Salerni, Shen, and McKenney have only been fencing for less than three months. The rest of the Culver contingent are in their second year. The eight finalists improves on the 2014 total of five podium finishers.

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