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Sept. 19, 2002

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Fencing Team on Thursday (Sept. 19). Two University of Virginia fencers have been selected to the 24-member team. The team was selected using the results from the 1971-1980 ACC Championships and includes the individual champions as decided by the conference’s 50th Anniversary Committee. Fencing was discontinued as a conference sport after the 1980 ACC Championships.

North Carolina placed nine members on the team, while Maryland had seven, Clemson three, Duke and Virginia two, and North Carolina State one.

The two Virginia fencers are Steve Hatten and Vince Mascia.

Hatten won the foil competition at the 1971 ACC Championships with a 12-2 record. He had 64 touches for and 27 touches against in the competition. He finished 21st in the foil competition at the NCAA Championships that year. Hatten also finished 20th in the foil at the 1970 NCAA Championships and 32nd in 1969.

Mascia won the sabre competition at the 1975 ACC Championships with a 14-3 record. He was a member of the All-ACC team that year and also earned All-ACC honors in the sabre in 1974. He was co-captain of the Virginia team in 1975 and the team captain in 1976.

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