2013 NCAA Fencing Championship Predictions
In his latest in the Washington Times, Damien Lehfeldt provides his predictions for the 2013 NCAA Championships. A tough field of great competitors this year.
During the NCAA preseason, I provided a list of predictions for individual/team predictions. Now that the championship field is set, it’s time for more speculation. In just under one week, the NCAA Fencing Championships will start in San Antonio, Texas on March 21 and feature 144 of collegiate fencing’s best athletes.
For those unaware of the format, the tournament is divided into six events: Men’s Epee, Men’s Foil, Men’s Sabre, Women’s Epee, Women’s Foil, and Women’s Sabre. Each event is comprised of 24 competitors who fence each other in five-touch, round robin format over the course of two days. At the conclusion of the round robin fencing, the school that has earned the most victories will be the NCAA team champions.
Once the round robin is complete, the top four fencers in each event compete in 15-touch single elimination bouts for the right to be crowned NCAA individual champion. The individual title is independent of the team championships.
My predictions cover the fencers I believe will be in the top three of each event, potential dark horses, and my overall national champion predictions: