UIW gets first All-American fencer

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University of the Incarnate Word senior Alex Sless is UIW’s first All-American in fencing history.

Competing in his third-straight NCAA Championships, Sless finished eighth place overall at the most recent tournament at Penn State University in State College.

Sless, an epee fencer from San Antonio’s Tom Clark High School, won 13 of 23 bouts to earn his highest finish at the championships.

After dropping four of his first six bouts, Sless, a 21-year-old biology (pre-med) major, won four straight and eight of his next nine bouts. His only loss during that stretch came against the eventual national champion, Marc-Antoine Blais from Ohio State.

Sless fenced for Olympian Fencing Club in San Antonio. In 2012, he won the national championship in Division II Men’s Epee and took ninth place in the Cadet Division in Anaheim, Calif. In 2014, he placed fifth overall in the Division IA men’s epee at the national championships in Columbus, Ohio.


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