SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Lawrence University fencing team finished eighth overall at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships on Sunday at the University of Notre Dame.
The women’s team finished seventh overall, and the men were 11th. Lawrence finished with 1,075 points, and Ohio State took the title with 1,590.
Men’s sabre turned in a strong performance and placed fourth. Lawrence opened with a 5-0 win over Bowling Green and then defeated Detroit Mercy 5-2 in the quarterfinals. Notre Dame defeated the Vikings 5-1 in the semifinals, and the Vikings dropped a 5-4 decision to Cleveland State in the third-place match.
In men’s epee, Lawrence finished ninth. The Vikings lost 5-1 to Wayne State to open play, but Lawrence bounced back to beat Michigan 5-4 in the plate quarterfinals. The Vikings then beat Bradley 5-1 and topped Illinois 5-2 in the ninth-place match.
Men’s foil lost to Indiana 5-4 in the play-in round and was eliminated.
Women’s foil equaled the top finish by the Vikings with a fourth-place effort. The Vikings opened the competition with a 5-0 win over the University of Chicago, and Lawrence then downed Michigan 5-3 in the quarterfinals. Notre Dame topped Lawrence 5-0 in the semifinals, and the Vikings dropped a 5-0 decision to Northwestern in the third-place match.
Women’s epee grabbed a seventh-place finish. Lawrence opened play with a 5-2 win over Detroit Mercy before falling to Ohio State 5-0 in the quarterfinals. Lawrence then fell 5-4 to Michigan in the consolation bracket, but the Vikings bounced back to beat Wayne State 5-3 in the seventh-place match.
Women’s sabre took 11th place, coming back after a 5-4 loss to Michigan State in the first round. Lawrence then defeated Illinois 5-1 in the plate quarterfinals before a 5-3 loss to Indiana in the semifinals. Lawrence then downed Case Western Reserve 5-3 in the 11th-place match.