UE, Ateneo fencers stake UAAP crowns

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    UNIVERSITY of the East and Ateneo stake their men’s and women’s crowns when the UAAP Season 82 fencing tournament gets going today at the Paco Arena.

    The men’s individual saber and women’s individual foil will be held at 8 a.m. while the men’s individual epee will be played in the afternoon.

    The Red Warriors clinched a seventh straight title and their 13th overall last season behind a strong showing in individual events. CJ Concepcion won the saber gold and two-time MVP Sammuel Tranquilan topped the epee and foil events.

    Reigning MVP Maxine Esteban, who captured gold medals in the individual foil and saber events in her rookie season, will lead Ateneo’s bid to keep the women’s crown.

    Behind Esteban, Ateneo won its second championship overall, and the first since 2006, while ending UE’s 11-year reign last year.

    The Junior Warriors are out to score another golden double in the high school division.

    The competition will start at 8 a.m. with the boys’ individual epee while the girls’ individual foil and boys’ individual saber will be held in the afternoon.

    UE, starring Asian Under-23 championship gold medalist Samantha Catantan, accomplished an eight-peat in the girls’ division, while the boys’ team streaked to its ninth straight championship behind MVP Prince John Francis Felipe last year.