Lawrence’s fencing teams traveled to South Bend, Ind. over the weekend for the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships. Lawrence placed four freshmen in the individual top 10 rankings, with Ashlan Falletta-Cowden taking ninth in the women’s foil, Loren Heckman-Heath taking ninth in men’s foil, Nils Schaede taking ninth in men’s saber and Alexander Kaeding taking seventh in men’s pe. Both the men’s and women’s foil teams took fifth place in the tournament, which included fencing powerhouses Ohio State and Notre Dame as well as Northwestern, the only school other than OSU to take home a team title, winning women’s foil. The tournament featured several Olympians, including Jason Roberts from Ohio State and Notre Dame’s Mariel Zagunis, who in Athens in 2004 became the first U.S. fencer to win Olympic gold in 100 years. Next up for two of LU’s fencers is the NCAA Midwest regionals this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. Senior Michael Schrimpf (foil) and Schaede (saber) both hope to qualify for nationals, held March 16-19 in Houston, Tex.