A number of Irish students took part in the UK student individuals in Sheffield this weekend. Team Edinburgh claimed five places in the L8 of Women’s Foil, including gold for Chloe Dickson and quarter-finals for two Irish fencers in a field of 82. Meanwhile, Men’s Épée, three Irishmen placed in the L32 of 150.
Victoria Duxbury placed 6th in WF, knocking out Kamat (Strathclyde), Piskorska (QMUL), and Moss (Lincoln). She went out 15-11 to silver-medallist Phillippa Mullins (LSE).In 7th place was Irish junior Lucy Taylor, who eliminated Elliot (Manchester), Le Bailly (QMUL), and Fitton (Exeter) en route to a quarter-final defeat by Edinburgh teammate Katie Smith.
NI fencer Kristofer Gwynne (Durham University) placed 10th of 151 in Men’s Foil. Victories over Gavin Ryan (Cambridge), Robert Lissman (UCL) and Janith Thanthulage (Loughborough) took Gwynne to the L16, where he was knocked out 15-6 by Euan Deamer (Swansea) who went on to earn bronze. Kieran Patrick (Leicester) placed 19th, knocking out Arathoon (Manchester), Chan (Nottingham), and Sambrook (Leeds) before a 15-13 upset to Schlindwein (Cambridge) in the L32. Recent Easts champion James Brosnan (University of Warwick) seeded 18th and defeated Browning (Brighton) in the first DE, only to be overturned by a low-seeded Tom Corlett (East London) and finish 39th of 151.
In Men's Épée, Jamie Simpson (Imperial College London) seeded 19th and knocked out Thakkar (Brunel), Awara (Southampton), going out to Giovannone of Bath University. He placed 22nd of 150. Shortly behind in 29th place was junior international Conall Cromie (Royal Holloway). After defeating Weaver (Exeter), and overturning QMUL's Conall Borowski, he went out 15-11 to Dutch international Zoa De Wijn (Oxford). Foilist Chris Lennon (Cardiff) overturned Pereira (UCL) to place 58th.