Burlington’s Han helps Varsity to fencing crown

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues won the 2011 Ontario University Athletics women’s fencing championship this past weekend (Feb 4-6) at Royal Military College of Canada. The Varsity Blues edged the defending champion Carleton Ravens for the overall title by a margin of 24 points. Toronto has now won three of the past four OUA women’s fencing titles.

Toronto’s Kelly Doyle (Troy, NY), who won gold in the individual sabre, was named recipient of the Dave O’Donnell trophy, awarded to the fencer most proficient in skill, style and sportsmanship. Teammates Julia Barette (Montreal) won silver in the individual épée, and Kristina Han (Burlington) took silver in the individual sabre, for the Varsity Blues. Toronto also took the silver in the team foil and gold in the team sabre en route to winning the championship banner.

The Carleton Ravens were led by Kelleigh Ryan (Ottawa) who won gold in the individual foil, Gillian Turnbull (Winnipeg) who took the bronze in the individual épée and Katrina Ross (Winchester, Ont.) who captured bronze in the individual sabre. The Ravens also earned gold in both the foil and épée team events.

Nicole Sapera (Edmonton) of the host team from RMC won silver in individual foil to help her team to third place overall. The Paladins were also the only team to earn medals in all three team events, taking the silver in épée, and bronze in foil and sabre.

Joanna Kolbe (Mississauga) from Ryerson University won individual gold in épée, while Anna Rogers (Calgary) from Queen’s University won individual bronze in foil.

Brock University is set to host the 2011 OUA men’s fencing championship on Feb.19-20.

Full Results – Women’s Events:
Toronto 236
Carleton 212
RMC 184
Queen’s 179
Ryerson 60
Western 49
McMaster 30
Trent 23
Brock 20

Kay Aoyama Women’s Championship Team Trophy:
University of Toronto

Individual Foil:
Gold, and recipient of the Maître Ken Wood Trophy: Kelleigh Ryan – Carleton University
Silver: Nicole Sapera – Royal Military College
Bronze: Anna Rogers – Queen’s University

Individual Épée:
Gold, and recipient of the Dr. Al English Trophy: Joanna Kolbe – Ryerson
Silver: Julia Barette – University of Toronto
Bronze: Gillian Turnbull – Carleton University

Individual Sabre:
Gold, and recipient of the Fred Wach Trophy: Kelly Doyle – University of Toronto
Silver: Kristina Han – University of Toronto
Bronze: Katrina Ross – Carleton University

Dave O’Donnell Trophy (awarded to the female fencer most proficient in
skill, style and sportsmanship): Kelly Doyle – University of Toronto

OUA All-Stars
Épée: Joanna Kolbe (Ryerson), Julia Barette (Toronto), Gillian Turnbull (Carleton), Rachael Gardener (Carleton)

Foil: Kelleigh Ryan (Carleton), Nicole Sapera (RMC), Anna Rogers (Queen’s), Chantal Boucher (RMC)

Sabre: Kelly Doyle (Toronto), Kristina Han (Toronto), Katrina Ross (Carleton), Sonja Maul-Wilson (RMC)

Women’s Foil:
Gold: Carleton University
Silver: University of Toronto
Bronze: Royal Military College

Women’s Épée:
Gold: Carleton University
Silver: Royal Military College
Bronze: Queen’s University

Women’s Sabre:
Gold: University of Toronto
Silver: Queen’s University
Bronze: Royal Military College