The 28th annual collegiate fencing championships were held at the University of Illinois at Chicago over the weekend.
The 28th annual collegiate fencing championships were held at the University of Illinois at Chicago over the weekend. Under the auspices of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), 48 schools wee entered.
Among the twelve teams making it to the final round of the competition was the University of Detroit Their 73 points were enough to win the championship for the midwestern school, thus ending the domination of eastern schools that had won 13 straight championships.
SYNOPSIS: The twenty-eight annual collegiate fencing championships were held this past weekend at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Forty-eight schools were entered under the auspices of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Among those present was Max Garrett, coach of the 1958 Illinois team that won the national title. Since the, eastern schools took thirteen straight championships.
Bruce Soriano of Columbia University won the sabre competition for the third straight year. But it was not enough for Columbia, who finished third with sixty-six points. New York University was second, with the University of Detroit taking the title.
Fred Hooker helped the Detroit team's total of seventy-three points, along with Tyrone Simmons in the foil competition. Simmons will represent the U.S. at the Olympics with the foil -- considered the most difficult of the fencing weapons. Rounding out the winning Detroit team was Ken Blake in the sabre competition, as the midwestern team finally broke the domination of the eastern schools.