Six Vikings earn All-MFC honors

Lawrence fencing action
Six Vikings were chosen for the All-Midwest Fencing Conference team.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Six Lawrence University fencers have earned honors on the All-Midwest Fencing Conference team.

Jakub Nowak (Schaumburg, Ill.) and Maggie Wright (Marion, Iowa) led the way for the Vikings. Nowak was a second-team pick in men's epee, and Wright was a second-team selection in women's epee.

On the men's side, three other fencers received honorable mention. Cameron Maas (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) received honorable mention in men's epee, and Tim Parker (Bloomington, Ind.) and Ben Kelsey (Minneapolis, Minn.) both received honorable mention in men's sabre. 

On the women's side, Allison Kim (Carmel, Ind.) received honorable mention in sabre.

Nowak finished eighth at the MFC Championships in February. He won won three elimination bouts as he defeated Manan Shah of Northwestern 15-5 before topping Edmond Han of Michigan 15-11 and Scott Maurer of Case Western Reserve 15-6. Nowak was then eliminated with a 15-9 loss to Bence Bende of Ohio State in the quarterfinals. Maas finished 10th as he won a pair of elimination bouts. Maas beat Paul Rider of Detroit Mercy 15-9 and Pawel Kraj of Indiana 15-3. Maas was stopped by Wayne State's Ramadan Dinkins 15-7 in the round of 16.

Led by Nowak and Maas, Lawrence finished third in men's epee during the team portion of the competition.

Wright led all the Lawrence women at the MFC Championships with an eighth-place finish in epee. Wright started her run in the elimination bouts by topping Iowa's Megan Semans 15-1. She then beat Denison's Diyanshu Emandi 15-7 and knocked off Northwestern's Blodwen Bindas 15-12. Wright was finally stopped with a 15-6 loss to Julia Falinska of Northwestern in the quarterfinals. Wright also led the Vikings to sixth place in the team competition.

Kim finished 12th in women's sabre and, along with Lexi Praxl, led the Vikings to fifth place during the team competition. Kim won a pair of elimination bouts with a 15-2 win over Xavier's Samantha Tibbets and then topped Purdue's Katie Mao 15-5 before being eliminated by Northwestern's Abby Tartell 15-5 in the round of 16.

Parker grabbed 10th place in men's sabre and Kelsey was 11th. Parker was a seeded fencer and started the elimination bouts with a 15-4 win over Nikita Dulin of the University of Chicago, but he was knocked out in the round of 16 with a 15-6 loss to Michigan's Neo Li. Kelsey went 6-0 in pool play and knocked off Taicheng Chen of Denison 15-2 and Jack Walch of Michigan State 15-5 before a 15-11 loss to Blake Bradford of Ohio State in the round of 16. They led Lawrence to sixth during the team portion of the championships.