Fencing Wins a Silver and Bronze Medal at Junior Olympics
New York- Four members of the Columbia fencing team posted top-25 results in national and international competitions over the weekend, including a silver medal for Michael Costin and a bronze medal for Mason Speta. Drew Johnston, Speta and Costin competed in Junior Olympics, which were held in Portland, Ore., while Geoffrey Loss competed at the Junior World Cup in Budapest, Hungary.
Costin entered the event tied for the eight seed, competing in a field of 137 fencers for the Junior Men’s Sabre competition. He took the silver medal in a tight match against gold medalist Edward Chin.
Speta, competing in a field of 153 fencers, tied for third in the Junior Women’s Epee competition with Charlene Liu. Speta entered the event seeded 11th.
Johnston competed among 174 fencers in the Junior Men’s Foil competition. He finished seventh overall in the event.
Loss traveled the Budapest for the Junior World Cup event, where he tied for 22nd place in a field of 108 fencers.
Columbia will have four fencers attend the Junior World Championships in Bulgaria in April. Loss will compete in the Men’s Sabre competition. Speta will compete in the Women’s Epee competition. Jackie Dubrovich and Margaret Lu will compete in the Women’s Foil competition.
All of the Lions will return home to compete against NYU and Sacred Heart on Friday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the fencing room for their final competition before heading to NCAA Regionals.
Men's Junior Sabre (137 Fencers)
2nd - Michael Costin
Women'sJunior Epee (153 Fencers)
3rd - Mason Speta
Junior Men’s Foil (174 Fencers)
7th – Drew Johnston
Junior World Cup Men's Sabre Budapest Hungary (108 Fencers)
22nd - Geoffrey Loss