July 11, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Five members of the Northwestern fencing team, along with head coach Laurie Schiller and associate head coach Ed Kaihatsu, traveled to the city of Suwon, South Korea this week to participate in the Korea-USA Elite Fencing Invitational (KUEFI).
Now in it's fourth year, KUEFI brings some of the top collegiate fencers from the United States to Korea in order to face their counterparts form the other side of the world. This summer, five Wildcats were able to represent Northwestern at the event. Rising junior foilists Jen Yamin and Charlotte Sands participated, along with rising sophomores Stephanie Chan (foil), Cindy Oh (sabre) and Julia Abelsky (sabre).
Oh and Abelsky were the highest finishers among the Northwestern contingent. The pair advanced all the way to the semifinals in the women's sabre event and concluded with a third-place tie. Yamin was the highest American finisher in the women's foil event, placing ninth. Sands finished 18th overall, while Chan came in 21st overall. Oh and Yamin also had the honor of representing the United States in the team match against the Koreans.
As part of the experience, the student-athletes took part in an Education Through Athletics seminar. Abelsky gave a speech at that event. The Wildcats were also able to participate in a community service event and soak up the many cultural experiences that Suwon has to offer.
Since 2011, 14 different Wildcats have been able to travel to Korea to represent the United States and Northwestern at KUEFI. Other participating schools from the U.S. include Notre Dame, Princeton, Stanford and many more. Korean schools this year included Daegu University, Woosuk University, Honam University and more.
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