FENCERS OF THE WEEK (Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2011)


CF360 FENCERS OF THE WEEK ARCHIVE  (2009-11 seasons)


RELEASE: Feb. 9, 2011             CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
Princeton's Eve Levin, Harvard's Ben Cohen Named CF360 National Fencers of the Week
Levin also named College Fencing Rookie of the Week; 10 total fencers honored as CF360 Primetime Performers.

A pair of Ivy League youngsters – Princeton freshman women's foilist Eve Levin (New York, N.Y.) and Harvard sophomore men's epeeist Benjamin Cohen (Washington, D.C.) – 
have been named the CF360 National Fencers of the Week for Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2011, as presented by CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). Levin, who also was named the College Fencing Rookie of the Week, and Cohen lead the way for the CF360 Primetime Performers of the Week, a group of 10 honorees following a busy week of bouting around the country.

The Primetime Performer designation – awarded regularly on sister sites CollegeSoccer360com and CollegeBaseball360.com, in addition to being a lead feature on the soon-to-be-launched CollegeSports360.com hub site – seeks to recognize achievement based primarily on situational factors, and not solely on raw stats. Selection for the CF360 weekly awards are based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria:

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponents and situational factors involved in the fencer's accomplishments.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as match-winning bouts, noteworthy upsets, etc.
• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).
• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home facility.

The eight fencers who round out this week's installment of College Fencing Primetime Performers include: Stanford sophomore women's epeeist Francesca Bassa (Houston, TX) ... Vassar senior women's sabreist Julie Carlson (Rockaway, NJ) ... Wayne State sophomore women's foilist Olivia Dobbs (Detroit, MI) ... Harvard freshman women's foilist Alex Kiefer (Lexington, KY) ... Notre Dame senior women's foilist Hayley Reese (Crestwood, KY) ... Boston College junior men's sabreist Peter Souders (Silver Spring, MD) ... Ohio State junior women's sabreist Margarita Tschomakova (Bonn, Germany) ... and Sacred Heart junior men's sabreist Marty Williams (Plainfield, NJ).  

The 10 Primetime Performers include four women's foilists, four total sabreists (two men, two women), a men's epeeist and women's epeeist. The 10 – two seniors, three junior, three sophomores and the pair of freshmen – hail from eight different home states/foreign countries, including two each from Kentucky and New Jersey (plus one each from Germany, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Texas and Washington, D.C.).

Capsule tributes for all 10 fencers follow below (with action photos included, as available – some may be added later; headshots of all 10 in right sidebar). Thanks as always to the respective schools for providing the various photos (some, as marked, are courtesy of CF360).

College Fencing Primetime Performers of the Week
(Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2011 ... presented by CollegeFencing360.com)

Francesca Bassa  (women's epee ... Stanford ... So. ... Houston, TX)
Julie Carlsen  (women's sabre ... Vassar ... Sr. ... Rockaway, NJ)
*Benjamin Cohen  (men's epee ... Harvard ... So. ... Washington, D.C.)
Olivia Dobbs  (women's foil ... Wayne State ... So. ... Detroit, MI)
Alex Kiefer  (women's foil ... Harvard ... Fr. ... Lexington, KY)
*Eve Levin  (women's foil ... Princeton ... Fr. ... New York, NY)
Hayley Reese  (women's foil ... Notre Dame ... Sr. ... Crestwood, KY)
Peter Souders  (men's sabre ... Boston College ... Jr. ... Silver Spring, MD)
Margarita Tschomakova  (women's sabre ... Ohio State ... Jr. ... Bonn, Germany)
Marty Williams  (men's sabre ... Sacred Heart ... Jr. ... Plainfield, NJ)
* Levin and Cohen are the CF360 National Fencers of the Week (Levin also is the College Fencing Rookie of the Week).

CF360 National College Fencers of the Week

Eve Levin A250

Women's Foil ... Harvard
Fr. ... New York, N.Y.

Played lead tole in #4 Princeton women's 10-2 showing at the Northwestern Duals, winning 21 of her 23 bouts – while facing some of college fencing's top foilists – as Tigers came a couple touches shy of a 12-0 weekend (13-14 losses to #1 Notre Dame and #10 Ohio State) ... her quick transition to college fencing has helped women's foil team overcome All-American Brianna Martin's switch to epee ... swept her matchups against the top-ranked Irish, in match that was not decided until the 26th bouts: 5-3 vs. three-time All-American Hayley Reese ('09 NCAA runner-up), 5-3 vs. 2010 NCAA entrant Darcie Malynn, and 4-1 over top newcomer Rachel Beck ... added similar sweep against veteran group from #7 Northwestern (16-11 team win): 5-3 vs. 2010 NCAA semifinalist Dayana Sarkisova and two-time NCAA participant Devynn Patterson, plus a 5-0 shutout of Camille Provencal ... kept rolling in team's 16-11 victory over #9 Temple, featuring 5-2 bout vs. 2010 NCAA entrant Mikayla Varadi and 5-3 battle with Epiphany Georges (member of U.S. Junior National Team), plus shutout of Elizabeth Van Son ... suffered one of her two losses in bout against Ohio State three-time All-American Oksana Dmytruk ('08 NCAA runner-up; '09 semifinalist; 7th in '10) but posted wins over 2010 NCAA participant Allison Henvick and her OSU teammate Isabella Bonello ... added sweep of the Stanford foilists (5-1 vs. Rebecca Chun and Maneeshika Madduri; 5-0 Meaghan Conway) ... almost went 22-1 during the weekend, with her second loss coming on final touch against Wayne State All-American Olivia Dobbs (4-5) ... had impressive debut on the college fencing scene during the fall of 2010, finishing as runner-up at the Penn State Garret Open (Harvard's Alex Kiefer, see below, was the champion of that prestigious event).

Ben Cohen A250
Men's Epee ... Harvard
So. ... Washington, D.C.

Rose to the occasion in Eric Sollee Invitational action at MIT, sweeping the epeeists from #7 Penn and #10 Duke to help deliver pair of key 16-11 victories (also 21-6 vs. Hunter) ... led men's epee team to 21-6 record in those three matches ... fenced sparingly for Harvard as a freshman, placing 51st at the Penn State Open in the fall of 2009 and then not fencing in any college bouts during the 2010 spring semester ... turned in impressive sweep of Penn, topping 2010 NCAA entrant Jacob Wichnia (5-3) and besting top newcomer Cliff Fishler (5-2; also 5-4 vs. Steve Jow) ... added similar 3-0 mark vs. Duke epee group that includes part of past NCAA participants: 5-4 vs. Jonathan Parker (2010 NCAA entrant), 5-2 over Tristan Jones (who fenced in the NCAAs) and 5-2 vs. Dylan Nollner ... nearly had a 9-0 day, losing final touch to Hunter's Nial Welch (4-5).  
Other CF360 Primetime Performers of the Week

action photo of Bassa currently unavailable (will be added when received)
Women's Epee ... Stanford
So. ... Houston, Texas

Returning All-American (8th at 2010 NCAAs) who enjoyed strong weekend at the Northwestern Duals, compiling 20-3 record ... positioned herself for another run at the NCAAs, with her bouts including a 10-2 mark vs. fencers from top-10 teams ... swept her bouts vs. the epeeists from #4 Princeton, highlighted by 4-3 battle with 2010 NCAA participant Phoebe Caldwell (also beat Hannah Safford and Eunice Chan) ... split pair of bouts vs. the host team #7 Northwestern, losing to NCAA hopeful Dina Bazarbayeva (3-5) while edging Kara Colines, 5-4 ... her sweep of the epeeists from #9 Temple included win over two-time NCAA entrant Grace Wu (also topped Chantal Montrose and Alyssa Lombardi) ... added another sweep against the promising group of epeeists from #10 Ohio State: 5-3 vs. Caroline Piasecka and Tasha Domashovetz, plus 5-2 over Katarzyna Dabrowa ... dropped a 5-2 bout against Notre Dame two-time NCAA semifinalist Ewa Nelip, with pair of 5-2 wins over ND reserves (Phenix Messersmith and Caroline Dikibo) ... also had some wins over fencers from North Carolina and Wayne State ... has been member of several U.S. Fencing youth national teams while ranking among the nation's top U-19 women's epeeists.

Julie Carlsen A250

Women's Sabre ... Vassar
Sr. ... Rockaway, New Jersey

Swept all six of her bouts in key matches vs. host Wellesley (16-11) and Sacred Heart (21-6), as Brewers went 6-0 at the Northeast Fencing Conference Duals #3 to win NFC regular-season title for the first time (11-1 season record, with only losing coming a few weeks earlier, 13-14 vs. MIT) ... team needed all six wins for outright title, as Brandeis and MIT tied for second at 10-2 ... also helped Vassar win the NFC men's and women's combined fencing title (19-3 combined record) ... led the way for women's sabre squad that went 8-1 versus Wellesley and Sacred Heart, leading Brewers to pair of key wins ... allowed only five total touches in her bouts against Wellesley (5-1 vs. Dania Wright and Zsofia Schweger; 5-3 vs. Elizabeth Rowen) ... had similar dominance vs. Sacred Heart (15-5 scoring edge), including 5-3 bout with Lauren Cebello and 5-2 win over Gabriella Garafano (also 5-0 vs. Becca DeChellis) ... will be looking to improve on her solid 4th-place finish at the 2010 New England Championships.

Olivia Dobbs A250

Women's Foil ... Wayne State
So. ... Detroit, Michigan

Appears primed for another run at All-America honors (8th at 2010 NCAAs), after posting numerous quality wins at the Northwestern Duals (20-4 record over the two-day event) ... handed Princeton's Eve Levin one of her two losses during the two-day event (5-4), as part of her sweep against the #4 Tigers (5-4 vs. Rocky Rothenberg and 5-2 vs. Lucille Jarry, both former NCAA Tournament participants) ... her highlights at Northwestern also included compiling a 2-1 mark against #9 Temple and not allowing a touch while taking on the Stanford foilists (5-0 vs. Madduri Maneeshika and Meaghan Conway; 4-0 Rebecca Chung; nearly led team to win, 13-14) ... her wins over Temple included 5-2 round-opening bout vs. Alyssa Lomuscio, who qualified for the 2009 NCAAs (while fencing for Fairleigh Dickinson) ... allowed a total of only five touches (5-2, 5-2, 5-1) in her sweep of North Carolina, also adding two wins vs. UC San Diego ... had one of her team's five wins in match against #10 Ohio State (5-1 vs. Anna Staso; lost 2-5 vs. Fanni Ladoczki and All-American Allison Henvick).

Alex Kiefer A280

Women's Foil ... Harvard
Fr. ... Lexington, Kentucky

Elite newcomer who continued her near-perfect 2010-11 college fencing season by winning all nine of her bouts at the Eric Sollee Invitational (held at MIT) ... allowed a total of only 10 touches in those nine bouts (15-0 vs. Hunter) ... has compiled a 41-1 record in college dual meets while also winning the Penn State Garret Open in the fall of 2010 (that performance included final wins over 2009 NCAA runner-up Hayley Reese of Notre Dame, 2010 NCAA semifinalist Dayana Sarkisova of Northwestern, two-time NCAA semifinalist Oksana Dmytruk from Ohio State, and fellow Ivy League freshman Eve Levin of Princeton) ... led the way for #3-ranked Crimson in 17-10 win over #8 Penn, sweeping a group of top foilists: 5-0 vs. Mia Howell, 5-1 vs. Aida Abdikulova (2010 NCAA participant) and 5-4 vs. Laura Paragano ('09 NCAA entrant) ... also swept foilists from Duke team ranked one spot outside the top-10 (5-1 vs. Lily Shepard and Keara Majeras; 5-3 vs. Dana Rosen).

Hayley Reese A150photo by Pete LaFleur/CF360

Women's Foil ... Notre Dame
Sr. ... Crestwood, Kentucky

Delivered key late-match win over Hyun-Kyng Yuh (5-0), giving the top-ranked Notre Dame women a 14-12 lead to clinch victory in showdown with #4 Princeton (ended up 14-13), at Northwestern Duals – helping extend school-record win streak in dual-meet action (now at 85) ... also had 5-0 win over Lucille Jarry (2009 NCAA entrant) to forge 9-9 tie with Princeton ... her only loss of the day (8-1) came in a 3-5 bout vs. Princeton's Eve Levin ... also swept UNC (24-3) and won both of her bouts in 18-9 win over #9 Temple: 5-3 vs. top newcomer Epiphany Georges and 5-3 vs. 2010 NCAA participant Mikayla Varadi ... closing in on fourth career trip to the NCAAs, with her previous NCAA appearances including a runner-up finish in 2009, plus other All-America finishes in 2010 (5th) and '08 (11th).

Peter Souders A280

Men's Sabre ... Boston College
Jr. ... Silver Spring, Maryland

Took important steps to securing his third trip to the NCAAs, with 15-1 record at the Eric Sollee Invitational (held at MIT) while competing against several top sabreists ...his only loss came in a 5-4 bout, while compiling a 79-35 scoring margin (allowed 2.3 touches per bout) ... his sweep of the sabreists from #7 Penn included a 5-4 win vs. All-American Evan Prochniak (also 5-4 vs. Mike Mills, 5-2 vs. Josh Hammond) ... added 3-0 sweeps vs. the sabreists from #10 Duke (5-4 vs. 2010 NCAA entrant Anthony Lin; 5-1 Charles Keilin; 5-3 Nick Carhothers), also sweeping NYU and Hunter ... posted wins over Penn State reserves Wolfgang Rafert (5-3) and Nicholas DePinto (5-3), with his only loss coming 4-5 vs. Bobby Thompson ... placed 18th at the 2009 NCAA Championships (after a 3rd-place finish at the Northeast Regional) and returned to the NCAAs in 2010 (placed 15h ... was 6th at the regional).

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Women's Sabre ... Ohio State
Jr. ... Bonn, Germany

Two-time All-American ('10 NCAA semifnalist; 9th in '09) who continued to play a lead role for #10 Ohio State, which added more upsets to its season record while going 7-0 at the Northwestern Duals (14-13 vs. #4 Princeton and #9 Temple; 18-9 vs. #7 Northwestern) ... battle-tested leader of talented OSU women's sabre squad that includes rarity of having three former NCAA participants (also Alison Miller and Felicia Miller) ... helped Buckeyes win nearly 85% of their women's sabre bouts (52-11) at the Northwesern Duals, with margins of 9-0 or 8-1 in six of the seven matches (OSU also won the tightly-conteste sabre matchup vs. Princeton, 5-4) ... contributed key bouts in upset of Princeton, while facing pair of fencers who competed in the 2010 NCAAs (All-American Eliza Stone, along with Joanna Cichomski), plus top newcomer Diamond Wheeler ... her shutout of NCAA hopeful Chloe Grainger sparked sabreists to 8-1 record vs. #7 Northwestern ... had pair of key wins (including 5-2, round-opening bout vs. 2009 NCAA entrant Audrey Barroso) in one-point victory over #9 Temple (OSU posted 7-2 sabre edge) ... helped team roll to 18-9 win over Stanford, with sweep of all nine sabre bouts (also 9-0 in 22-5 win over Wayne State and 7-2 in 22-5 wins over North Carolina and UC San Diego).

Marty Williams A250

Men's Sabre ... Sacred Heart
Jr. ... Plainfield, New Jersey

Returning NCAA Tournament entrant who played lead role in the Sacred Heart men repeating as Northeast Fencing Conference champion, with the 2011 title secured during dual-meet bouting at Wellesley on Sunday, Feb. 6 ... swept all of his bouts in showdown vs. Vassar (16-11) that led to the clinching of the title ... won all 15 of his bouts in the dual meet at Wellesley, highlighted by the wins over Vassar (5-0 vs. Gabriel Perez ... 5-1 vs. Dennis D'Urso ... and 5-4 in the round's final bout, vs. John Arden) ... finished the NFC season – spanning three dual-meet competitions – with a 25-3 overall record, best among the conference's men's sabreists ... earned spot in 2010 NCAAs (where he placed 18th), after an impressive 5th-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Northeast Regional (in field that included 2008 NCAA champion Jeff Spear, of Columbia, along with eventual 2010 NCAA champ Daryl Homer of St. John's).