Schlesinger leads Vikings with sixth-place finish at MFC Championships

Lawrence fencing action Nathan Schlesinger
Lawrence's Nathan Schlesinger, right, finished sixth in foil to lead the Vikings at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Lawrence University standout Nathan Schlesinger led the Vikings during Saturday's individual competition at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships at French Field House.

Schlesinger placed sixth in foil and narrowly missed a shot to reach the semifinals. Schlesinger reached the elimination matches and won his opening two matches by identical 15-5 scores. He then dropped a 15-14 decision in the quarterfinals to Gautier Merit of Northwestern.

Alexander Loundy and Jack Calkwood also competed in foil with Loundy finishing 44th and Calkwood taking 51st. Loundy went 2-4 in the pool competition and lost in the opening round of the elimination matches. Calkwood went 0-5 and also lost in the opening round.

In men's epee, Jakub Nowak led the Vikings with a ninth-place finish. He captured a pair of victories before falling 15-14 to Wayne State's Harry Kisthardt in the round of 16. Vinzenz Mayer grabbed 12th place and also advanced to the round of 16. Mayer won a pair of matches before losing to Ohio State's John Culpepper 15-7.

Noah Bradley finished 17th in epee, and Cameron Maas was 25th. Bradley went 6-0 in pool play and was eliminated with a loss in the round of 32. Maas went 4-2 in pool play before falling in the round of 32.

On the women's side, Allison Kim led the Vikings with a 10th-place finish in sabre. Kim got a first-round bye and picked up a win before losing to Northwestern's Alexis Browne 15-8 in the round of 16. Lexi Praxl took 15th and also advanced to the round of 16. Praxl went 5-1 in pool play and won two more matches before a 15-1 loss to Madeline Cuzon of Northwestern.

Samantha Hansen led Lawrence's foil contingent by finishing 17th. She went 6-0 in pool play before a 15-4 loss to Wayne State's Brooklyn Miller in the round of 32. Bea Gee finished 21st and posted a 4-1 mark in pool play. She then won her opening match 15-0 before losing 15-11 to Wayne State's Mycah Slade in the round of 32. Ariana Calderon-Zavala took 32nd and went 2-4 in pool play. She won her opening match before a 15-1 loss to Northwestern's Yvonne Chart in the round of 32.

Carson Becker and Maggie Wright posted top-25 finishes in epee for the Vikings. Becker finished 22nd and went 4-1 in pool competition. She then won her opening match 15-6 before a 15-11 loss to Northwestern's Marta Amador in the round of 32. Wright went 4-2 in pool play on her way to a 25th-place finish. In the elimination matches, she won 15-3 before a 15-9 loss to Ohio State's Evan Petronchak in the round of 32. Lawrence's Mia Wu finished 35th after going 3-3 in pool play and an opening-round loss.