FENCERS OF THE WEEK (Feb. 16-27, 2011)


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


RELEASE: March 2, 2011             CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
BC's Albert Starshak, Hopkins' Jackie Heath Named CF360 National Fencers of the Week
Heath also College Fencing Rookie of the Week; eight others among CF360's most recent Primetime Performers.

Boston College sophomore men's epeeist Albert Starshak (Chicago, Ill.) and Johns Hopkins freshman women's foilist Jackie Heath (Maywood, N.J.) have been named CF360 National Fencers of the Week, for the extended period of Feb. 16-27 (due to limited schedule over the past two weeks). Heath also was named the College Fencing Rookie of the Week, as presented by CollegeFencing360.com, with eight other fencers rounding out the CF360 Primetime Performers of the Week.

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 (including contribution to team success).
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as match-winning bouts, noteworthy upsets, etc.
• Contributed to team success, particularly in conference/regional/national postseason events.
• 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 10 honorees span all six weapons – including three women's foilists, two women's epeeists and two women's sabreists (plus one from each men's weapon). The 10 include three seniors, four sophomores and three freshmen. Three of the honorees hail from the home state and three more ae from New Jersey, plus one each from California, Illinois, Oregon and Rhode Island.

Capsule tributes for all 10 fencers follow below (with action photos included; headshots of all four in right sidebar). Thanks as always to the respective schools for providing the various photos. Note that headshot size is dependent on photos sent by the schools.

College Fencing Primetime Performers of the Week
(Feb. 16-27, 2011 ... presented by CollegeFencing360.com)

Sean Buckley  (men's sabre ... St. John's ... So. ... Secaucus, NJ)
Eileen Hassett  (women's sabre ... Notre Dame ... Sr. ... Beaverton, OR)
Kathryn Hawrot  (women's foil ... Brown ... Fr. ... Barrington, RI)
*Jackie Heath  (women's foil ... Johns Hopkins ... Fr. ... Maywood, NJ)
Stuart Holmes  (men's foil ... Sacred Heart ... So. ... Centereach, NY)
Emma Larkin  (women's epee ... Brandeis ... Sr. ... Montclair, NJ)
Eve Levin  (women's foil ... Princeton ... Fr. ... New York, NY)
Krystal Perkins  (women's epee ... Stevens Tech ... So. ... Palmdale, CA)

Stella Shifrin  (women's sabre ... Hunter ... Sr. ... Brooklyn, NY)
*Albert Starshak  (men's epee ... Boston College ... So. ... Chicago, IL)
* Heath and Starshak are the CF360 National Fencers of the Week (Heath also is the College Fencing Rookie of the Week).

CF360 National College Fencers of the Week

Johns Hopkins ...Women's Foil
Fr. ... Maywood, New Jersey
also College Fencing Rookie of the Week

Clutch newcomer who played lead role in Johns Hopkins success at the 
Eastern Women's Fencing Conference Team Championships (Feb. 20) and again at the EWFC Individual Championships (Feb. 27), both held in Hoboken, N.J., at Stevens Tech ... won all 11 of her bouts in the team competition, helping the Blue Jays go 6-0 en route to repeating as the EWFC team champs (with key 17-10 wins over Haverford and runner-up Stevens Tech) ... also led Hopkins to earning the EWFC's Top Foil Squad award (45-9 foil team bout record) ... returned to Hoboken the following weekend and nearly won all of her bouts, going 15-1 to finish atop the pool standings and earn EWFC Foil Fencer of the Year, finishing one spot ahead of her teammate Marion Trumbull (the 2010 EWFC foil champ) ... racked up a +51 in total-point indicators at the EWFC Individual Championship, outcoring her opponents 79-28 in her 16 bouts ... her only loss came against teammate Jen Hession, countered by key wins over Trumbull and CCNY's Jessica Wang (a 5-4 bout to close the day, with Wang finishing in 3rd-place) ... has compiled a 75-24 record this season ... attended Academy of the Holy Angels before enrolling at JHU ... product of the GFA  club program.

Albert Starshak A250
Boston College ... Men's Epee
So. ... Chicago, Illinois
(note – action photo currently unavailable)

One of the key fencers for Boston College's impressive performance at the New England Championship (Feb. 27, at Mt. Holyoke) – as the Eagles won the six-weapon men's/women's combined title, the men's championship and top men's epee team (BC also had the #1 women's team and top men's sabre squad) ... led the BC men's epee squad with his 3rd-place finish in the individual competition, finishing behind only Sacred Heart's Justin Dion (a 2010 NCAA entrant) and Vassar's Tavish Pegram ... part of epee team's success in key bouts against Sacred Heart, helping lift BC over the defending men's team champions (BC went 78-16 in the team bouts, five ahead of the Pioneers' 73-21) ... member of BC men's team that won 26 team bouts in all three weapons ... went 8-3 in his "B" strip bouts, including clutch 5-4 win over Sacred Heart's Jeremiah German (also nearly beat Pegram, losing 1-2) ... combined with teammate Kendall Harmeyer (A-strip) to go 18-4 on the top-2 epee strips ... finished well above his B-strip status in the individual competition, after going 3-2 in both of his pools for 3rd-place (Harmeyer placed 8th) ... went +9 in his 10 individual bouts, highlighted by a 5-2 win over Pegram in the semifinal pool. 

Other CF360 Primetime Performers of the Week
St. John's ... Men's Sabre
So. ... Seacaucus, New Jersey

(note – action photo currently unavailable)

Made up for absence of All-America teammate Daryl Homer ('10 NCAA champ; '09 runner-up) by going 8-1 at the Temple Invitational, while facing opponents from three top-10 teams ... combined with fellow All-American Alejandro Rojas (7-2) to win 15 of their 18 bouts ...  suffered his only loss of the day (2-5 vs. 2010 NCAA entrant Anthony Lin) in team's 20-7 win over #8 Duke (5-2 wins over Timothy Evans and Brian Cucinelli) ... swept the sabreists from #7 Princeton, leading Red Storm to 17-10 win ... handed Princeton newcomer Phillip Dershwitz his only loss of the day (5-0) while edging Craig Limoli (5-4) and three-time NCAA participant John Stogin (5-2) ... closed the day with another sweep, providing three key wins in #2 SJU's 14-13 win over #4 Penn State ... helped stake Red Storm to early lead against PSU, with his top bout being a 5-2 win over talented rookie Adrian Bak (also 5-0 vs. Nicholas DePinto & veteran Bobby Thompson) ... his impressive freshman season included an 8th-place, All-America finish at the 2010 NCAAs ... product of St. Peter's Prep.

Senior Eileen Hassett led the women's sabre squad to the title at the U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships, going 9-0 in the teams three matches
Notre Dame ... Women's Sabre
Sr. ... Beaverton, Oregon

Led 2nd-seeded Irish women'e sabre team to 1st-place finish at inaugural U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships (Feb. 27, at NYU) ... finished with more touches against all nine of her opponents, in the relay-scoring format ... finished with a +26 point margin over the nine bouts (46-20) ... allowed only five touches in team's opening 45-7 mach vs. Haverford, followed by a 15-6 margin in 45-15 match vs. NYU (outscored past NCAA Tournament participant, 5-3, to start the relay) ... rose to the challenge in title match vs. top seed Columbia, finishing with team-best 16-9 point margin in 45-42 thriller ... opened the battle with Columbia by outscoring fellow All-American Samantha Roberts, 5-3 ... next took the strip in the 4th bout, with ND clinging to a 15-14 lead, and bested Essane Diedro 5-2 (for a 25-22 team score) ... Columbia held a 35-34 lead entering the 8th bout, but Hassett posted a key 6-4 edge over Essane's twin sister Loweye Diedri (one of college fencing's top young sabreistss) – pushing the Irish bacj into the lead, 40-39 ... posted an All-America finish at each of the past three NCAA Championships (5th-6th-7th, from '08'-'10) ... product of the Oregon Fencing Alliance club program that has produced many of the nation's top sabre fencers.

Brown foilists
Brown ... Women's Foil
Fr. ... Barrington, Rhode Island

(note – action photo currently unavailable; pictured at center of podium photo)

Talented newcomer who paced the top-seeded Brown women's foil team to a title-winning performance at the inaugural U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships (Feb. 27, at NYU) ... cruised past her three North Carolina opponents (15-5 total margin, in relay-scoring format) – as Bears posted 45-24 semifinal win ... had impressive closing performance to deliver the title in 45-40 thriller vs. #2 seed Penn ... gave team quick lead vs. Quakers with her 5-1 opening score vs. Yuwen Zhao ... took the strip in the 5th bout with her team leading 16-14 and added to the cushion after a 4-3 battle with Juliana Kulik ... Penn snatched the lead over the next three bouts, taking a 35-31 edge into the final bout – but Hawrot dismantled Aida Abdikulova (a 2010 NCAA entrant), racking up a 14-5 edge in touches to produce the 45-40 winning score ... earlier had earned first team all-conference honors, after an impressive 3rd-place women's foil finish (11-4) at the 2011 Ivy League Dual-Meet Championships ... her brother James Hawrot, a junior epeeist at Harvard, placed 14th at the 2010 NCAAs (narrowly missing All-America honors). 

Stuart Holmes A250

Sacred Heart ... Men's Foil
So. ... Centereach, New York

Emerging talent who led pair of relatively inexperienced foil teammates to 27-4 combined record in the team competition at the New England Championships (held Feb. 27, at Mt. Holyoke) ... his 9-2 record on the elite "strip-A" paced the Pioneer men's foilists to posting the best record (27-4) among any of the six weapons, earning the squad the Vitale Cup for the second year in a row ... had key 5-3 win over Patrick Riley of Boston College, which finished one win behind SHU in the men's foil standings ... also topped the eventual men's foil individual champ, Julian Cardillo of Brandeis, in 5-2 bout ... nearly helped lead Sacred Heart – which was missing two key starters – to the men's team overall title (all three Pioneer squads finished top-3), with BC edging SHU for the title, 78-73 ... went 4-1 (+12;  24-12) in the individual competition semifinal pools, besting Riley 5-2 while his only loss came 4-5 vs. MIT's Daniel Levine ... also went 4-1 in the final pool, losing 1-5 vs. Cardillo while again beating the 3rd-place finisher Riley (5-1).

Emma Larkin A250

Brandeis ... Women's Epee
Sr. ... Montclair, New Jersey

Veteran talent who played lead role in the Brandeis women competing for the New England Championship title (Feb. 27, at Mt. Holyoke), with Boston College claiming 1st-place by a single bout (91-30, vs. 90-31 for the Judges) ... went 10-4 during her challenging strip-A epee bouts, with three of her losses coming against fencers who later finished in the top-4 of the individual competition ... also led the Brandeis women's epee squad to a 2nd-place finish, again losing by a single bout (32-8, behind Vassar's 33-7) ... her individual semifinal pool (3-5; +4) included a 5-3 win over eventual champion Sophie Courser of Vassar (lost 2-5 to eventual runner-up, Coryn Wolk of Tufts) ... went 2-4 in her final polls for a 5th-place finish (won 5-3 vs. the 4th-place finisher, Sacred Heart's Colleen Mason) ... earlier during the previous midweek, her 6-2 record helped the Brandeis women place second at the annual Boston-area Beanpot tournament (Feb.16; 15-12 vs. Boston College and MIT, loss to national #3 team Harvard) ... contributed to narrow winning margins with her 3-0 sweep of BC, along with winning both her bouts against MIT (each 5-2) ... also registered a 5-2 win over Harvard's Felicia Sun, a 2010 NCAA Championship qualifier.

Eve Levin A250

Princeton ... Women's Foil
Fr. ... New York, New York

Helped #3 Princeton women remain among the nation's elite while extending the team's season record to 24-3 – with 4-0 showing at the Temple Invitational vs. four top-10 teams (19-8 vs. #5 Penn State; 17-10 vs. #7 Temple; 14-13 vs. #9 Duke; and 17-10 vs. #4 St. John's) ... went 9-2 in her bouts at Temple, including key sweep of Duke (15-6 scoring margin) to help provide final one-win margin ... also swept Penn State team that was missing a couple regular starters (she allowed only three touches), adding 2-1 record vs. Temple and going 1-1 against SJU ... posted 5-0 win over Temple's Mikayla Varardi (a 2010 NCAA entrant), adding 5-4 victory over Alyssa Lomuscio while dropping 3-5 bout to talented newcomer Epiphany Georges ... had another shutout win (5-0) vs. SJU's Alanna Dunn, with a 2-5 loss vs. 2010 NCAA semifinalist Evgeniya Kirpicheva ... the previous weekend, she tied with Princeton teammate Ambika Singh for 3rd-place at the annual Junior Olympics (in Dallas) ... earned CB360 National Fencer of the Week honors earlier in the 2011 season, after rattling off a 21-2 record at the Northwestern Duals.

Krystal Perkins A250

Stevens Tech ... Women's Epee
So. ... Palmdale, California
(note – action photo currently unavailable)

Member of talented women's epee sqaud that claimed title at the Eastern Women's Fencing Conference Team Championships (Feb. 20) ... went on the new to place second in the EWFC women's epee competition (Feb. 27), with both events held in the team's home facility, Canavan Arena ... compiled a combined record of 22-3 during the two EWFC tournaments ... went 12-2 while combining with teammate Meagan Rittger (16-2) to lead a strong showing by the women's epee squad ... member of women's fencing team that finished 2nd overall in the EWFC (5-1), with 10-17 loss to champion Johns Hopkins ... turned in a dominating performance during the EWFC individual competition (10-1 record; +32, with 54-22 scoring margin) that saw her come one touch shy of winning the title (lost 4-5 to the champion, Yeshiva's Elizabeth Penn) ... her 59 wins this season are 2nd-best ever by a Stevens Tech women's epeeist, one behind Rittger's 2011 win total ... went 13-1 as a freshman at the 2010 EWFC team competition.

Shifrin action 2011

Hunter College ... W. Sabre
Sr. ... Brooklyn, New York

Repeated as the sabre champion in the Eastern Women's Fencing Conference individual competition (Feb. 27, at Stevens Tech) – after sweeping all of her 14 bouts in impressive fashion ... allowed an average of only 1.5 touches in her 14 bouts while finishing +49 in total-touches indicator (70-21) ... went 14-3 at the 2010 EWFC event, ultimately winning in a fenceoff vs. Drew's Alicia Rapp.