NEW YORK – The Columbia fencing program continues to see impressive results on the international stage after first-year Sam Moelis took gold in the men’s foil at the Men’s Junior World Cup this past weekend. The Lions also shined at the Absolute International Collegiate Fencing Elite Competition in China in August, earning three medals.
Moelis, who is personally coached by former Lions’ fencer Dan Kellner ’98CC, reached the top of the podium in a field of 175 of the world’s best. A native of Hewlett, New York, advanced past the preliminary round robin stage and then rattled off seven-straight bout victories.
Teammate Nolen Scruggs also had a strong performance at the event, held in Budapest, Hungary.
The Absolute International Collegiate Fencing Elite Competition was held from August 18-23. In the individual men’s sabre, Calvin Liang took bronze while Lena Johnson and Ilana Soloman earned silver and bronze, respectively, in women’s sabre.
On day two, the format was a team event that separated four of the top United States collegiate teams, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton and Penn State into teams and included fencers from other schools to create the full squads. The four American teams faced off against four teams from China and four more from Korea for an 11-team round robin tournament.
The Lions’ squad, which also included Elijah Granet, was joined by three student-athletes from Northwestern and one from Stanford and took first place to cap the event.