SAN JOSE, Calif. — Columbia fencing produced a number of top finishes at January’s North American Cups, highlighted by six Lions earning seven medals at the event held from January 5-8. First-year Samarth Kumbla won gold in the junior men’s foil competition and bronze in senior men’s foil to highlight the weekend’s performances. In total, Columbia had 41 representatives, including alumni, and picked up 26 top-32 finishes.
After a tough, 15-12, victory in the round of 128, Kumbla rolled in his next six bouts, holding his opponent to single-figure touche. In the championship matchup, Kumbla knocked off Daniel Zhang, 15-14, to claim the gold.
Zander Rhodes picked up silver in division I women’s foil. In Division I men’s foil. Kumbla tied with teammate Bogdan Hamilton for the bronze medal and Tierna Oxenreider placed third in junior women’s epee.
For Columbia’s alumni, 2023 NCAA Champion Nora Burke ’23CC placed third in division I women’s sabre and Andrew Doddo ’21CC also took home a bronze medal.
Columbia resumes collegiate action at the Penn State Invitational on Sunday, January 14 in University Park, Pennsylvania.
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December North American Cup
San Jose, Calif.
Columbia’s Top-32 Finishers
Division 1 Women’s Foil – 156 Competitors
2nd – Zander Rhodes
11th -Sara Taffel ’17BC
13th – Evelyn Cheng
14th – Delphine Devore 
30th – Vivian Zheng 
Division 1 Men’s Foil – 275 Competitors 
3rd – Bogdan Hamilton 
3rd – Samarth Kumbla 
Division 1 Women’s Sabre – 165 Competitors
3rd – Nora Burke ’23CC
5th – Vera Kong 
Division 1 Men’s Sabre – 223 Competitors
3rd – Andrew Doddo ’21CC
15th – Colby Harley 
23rd – Jackson McBride 
28th – Jaden Callahan 
Division 1 Women’s Epee – 203 Competitors
6th – Anne Cebula ’20BC 
12th – Tierna Oxenreider
14th – Audrey Chu 
18th – Karolina Nixon ’23CC 
Division 1 Men’s Epee – 350 Competitors 
8th – Teddy Lombardo ’23CC
24th – Ethan Kushnerik
28th – Justin Haddad 
Junior Women’s Foil – 163 Competitors
11th – Rachael Kim 
Junior Men’s Foil -279 Competitors 
1st – Samarth Kumbla 
28th – Ethan Xiao
Junior Women’s Sabre – 155 Competitors 
11th – Madison Four-Garcia 
Junior Women’s Epee – 229 Competitors 
3rd – Tierna Oxenreider
Junior Men’s Epee – 304 Competitors
16th – Skyler Liverant 

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