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Three schools qualify the maximum 12 fencers for 2018 NCAA Championships

Kiefer v Goldie, Women's Foil, 2017 NCAA Championships

Defending national champions Notre Dame and last year’s first and second runners-up Ohio State and Columbia University-Barnard College, have each qualified the maximum number of fencers for this year’s NCAA Championships in Pennsylvania.

Beginning on Thursday, March 22, a total of 144 fencers from 26 different schools will represent their programs at the four-day men’s and women’s national collegiate fencing championships being hosted by Penn State University.

Qualification

Selected by the NCAA committee based on performances at regional championships – which happened across the country on March 10 and 11 – as well as across the season, all fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts in their weapon, earning a point for their school for each victory. The six weapons to be contested are the men’s épée, men’s foil, men’s sabre, women’s épée, women’s foil and women’s sabre, with no more than two fencers from any school selected in each weapon.

Following the round-robin competition, the top four finishers in each event (based on their number of victories and their ratio of touches scored against touches received) will fence a 15-touch semi-final to decide who competes for the individual title. The losing semi-finalists will be awarded a tie for third-place.

The school with the most combined victories, and if needed the best ratio of total touches scored against touches received, will be declared national champions.

Form Guide

After claiming six top-three finishes, including gold in both the women’s épée and foil at the Midwest Regional Championships on March 10, Notre Dame looks set to resume its rivalry with near-neighbors Ohio State, who were also strong at the same tournament.

Ohio State’s men come into the championships ranked first on the current NCAA table with 141 points, ahead of Harvard (139) and Columbia (131). In the women’s division, Notre Dame and Columbia lead on 144 points each, well ahead of third-ranked Ohio State on 118.

Hosts Penn State, who have won the team championship a record 13 times since the men’s and women’s results were combined in 1990, are ranked 4th and 5th in the women’s and men’s tables respectively. They will be hoping to take their first team win since 2014, following gold in the men’s and women’s saber at the Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals.

Princeton’s men have also hit form at the right time, winning both the foil and épée at the same tournament, while in the Northeast region, Harvard and St. John’s both took multiple gold’s, including a 1-2 result for St. John’s in the men’s épée. Columbia’s women were strong too, achieving a rare 1-2-3 sweep in the foil.

In the West, Stanford University will be looking to improve on last year’s tenth position, after they dominated their championships, taking out the women’s foil, as well as the men’s and women’s saber.

Big Names

One of the most convincing performers at last years NCAA championships, Team USA Rio Olympian Eli Derschwitz, who comfortably took out the men’s saber event, will return for Harvard with a point to prove, having only managed fourth place in the Northeast regionals on March 11.

Notre Dame will be without their own dual Olympian and one of the most decorated collegiate athletes in history, Lee Kiefer, who won her fourth foil title in 2017, and will be hoping the likes of junior Sabrina Massialas, competing in her third championships, can take her place at the top of the dais. The Kiefer family will still be represented however, with Lee’s younger brother Axel appearing for the Irish in the men’s foil.

Below is a full list of the 144 student-athletes selected to compete in this year’s championships. Fencing.net wishes them all the best of luck!

Men’s Epee:

NameSchoolRegion
Kravitz, ZacharyUC-San DiegoWest
Canaux, GabeColumbia University Barnard CollegeNortheast
Hesslegrave, PorterColumbia University Barnard CollegeNortheast
Hammarberg, BrynDukeMid-Atlantic/South
Horowitz, CharlieHarvardNortheast
Sless, AlexanderIncarnate WordWest
Gao, TigerJohns HopkinsMid-Atlantic/South
Bogert, BrettNJITMid-Atlantic/South
Sanders, IanNew York UniversityNortheast
Hanahan, NicholasNotre DameMidwest
Simmons, ArielNotre DameMidwest
Blais, Marc-AntoineOhio StateMidwest
Weiss, LewisOhio StateMidwest
Wilson, SeanPennsylvaniaMid-Atlantic/South
Yoo, JustinPennsylvaniaMid-Atlantic/South
Piskovatskov, AntonPenn StateMid-Atlantic/South
Johnson, WesleyPrincetonMid-Atlantic/South
Centeno, DanteSacred HeartNortheast
McDowald, CurtisSt. John’sNortheast
White, SeanSt. John’sNortheast
Cheong, RobinStanfordWest
Strong, SeanStanfordWest
Shelanski, IsaacYaleNortheast
Xu, JonathanYaleNortheast

Men’s Foil:

NameSchoolRegion
Hadler, DavidUC-San DiegoWest
Moelis, SamColumbia University Barnard CollegeNortheast
Kumbla, SidarthColumbia University Barnard CollegeNortheast
Gronningsater, EoinDukeMid-Atlantic/South
Rushing, BrycenDukeMid-Atlantic/South
Haglund, GeorgeHarvardNortheast
Tourette, GeoffreyHarvardNortheast
Blumentals, RenarsIncarnate WordWest
Marques, HenriqueNJITMid-Atlantic/South
Mannan, ZohaibNew York UniversityNortheast
Shin, PhilipNew York UniversityNortheast
Itkin, NickNotre DameMidwest
Kiefer, AxelNotre DameMidwest
Chastanet, MaximilienOhio StateMidwest
Sudilovsky, StasOhio StateMidwest
Li, MichaelPennsylvaniaMid-Atlantic/South
Upbin, WilliamPennsylvaniaMid-Atlantic/South
Bicego, SebastianoPenn StateMid-Atlantic/South
Barmann, SamuelPrincetonMid-Atlantic/South
Knodt, JulianPrincetonMid-Atlantic/South
Nemeth, AndrasSt. John’sNortheast
Orts, LucasStanfordWest
Swicegood, BrianAir ForceWest
Allen, CameronYaleNortheast

Men’s Sabre:

NameSchoolRegion
Sieradzky, DawsonColumbia University Barnard CollegeNortheast
Liang, CalvinColumbia University Barnard CollegeNortheast
Di Tella, PascualDukeMid-Atlantic/South
Walter, AgostonDukeMid-Atlantic/South
Cai, ErwinHarvardNortheast
Dershwitz, EliHarvardNortheast
Bak, MikolajNew York UniversityNortheast
Williams, GrantNew York UniversityNortheast
Fitzgerald, JonathanNotre DameMidwest
Shainberg, JonahNotre DameMidwest
Koch, DomenikOhio StateMidwest
Koch, FredrickOhio StateMidwest
Merchant, JulianPennsylvaniaMid-Atlantic/South
Van Hoffelen, RaphaelPennsylvaniaMid-Atlantic/South
Mackiewicz, AndrewPenn StateMid-Atlantic/South
Metryka, KarolPenn stateMid-Atlantic/South
Chin, EdwardPrincetonMid-Atlantic/South
Kwak, DanielPrincetonMid-Atlantic/South
Fares, FerjaniSt. John’sNortheast
Natanzon, BenSt. John’sNortheast
Dalli, JeffreyStanfordWest
Wang, RoyceStanfordWest
Goode, MatthewAir ForceWest
Elsissy, ZiadWayne StateMidwest

Women’s Epee:

NameSchoolRegion
Morgan, EllaBoston CollegeNortheast
Beihold, EmilyUC-San DiegoWest
Zmurk, EmmaUC-San DiegoWest
Angen, KatieColumbia University Barnard CollegeNortheast
Vierheller, GianaColumbia University Barnard CollegeNortheast
Toby, NataliaFairleigh DickinsonMid-Atlantic/South
Gao, CindyHarvardNortheast
Kukadia, SaanchiHarvardNortheast
Sakharova, HelenMITNortheast
Garcia, JuliaNJITMid-Atlantic/South
DeGrasse, JustineNorth CarolinaMid-Atlantic/South
Hamilton, PaulineNorthwesternMidwest
Sirico, AmandaNotre DameMidwest
Yefremenko, DashaNotre DameMidwest
Verret, AlexanneOhio StateMidwest
von Dadelszen, EmmaOhio StateMidwest
Wolf, StephaniePennsylvaniaMid-Atlantic/South
Kalonji, AnastasiaPenn StateMid-Atlantic/South
Vanbenthuysen, BarbaraPenn StateMid-Atlantic/South
Nixon, CatherinePrincetonMid-Atlantic/South
Stewart, TatijanaPrincetonMid-Atlantic/South
Ryf, AllySt. John’sNortheast
Zuikova, VeronikaSt. John’sNortheast
Nam, MichelleYaleNortheast

Women’s Foil:

NameSchoolRegion
Masui, KonamiUC-San DiegoWest
Blow, ImanColumbia University Barnard CollegeNortheast
Binder, SylvieColumbia University Barnard CollegeNortheast
Ding, GraceCornellNortheast
Viqueira, MarissaCornellNortheast
Gianneschi, JuliaDukeMid-Atlantic/South
Harvey, RhiannonDukeMid-Atlantic/South
Lawrence, MacKenzieHarvardNortheast
Luong, TiffanyNew York UniversityNortheast
Chart, YvonneNorthwesternMidwest
Filby, SarahNorthwesternMidwest
Kleiner, ElyssaNotre DameMidwest
Massialas, SabrinaNotre DameMidwest
Cecchini, GabrielaOhio StateMidwest
Rivano, CamillaOhio StateMidwest
Vaiani, NicolePennsylvaniaMid-Atlantic/South
Wong, NicolePennsylvaniaMid-Atlantic/South
Bicego, LodovicaPenn StateMid-Atlantic/South
Zuzulo, IsabellaPenn StateMid-Atlantic/South
Liao, MadelineStanfordWest
Lovelace, KennedyTempleMid-Atlantic/South
Nechanicky, MackensieAir ForceWest
Zhao, JennyYaleNortheast
Zhou, AnnaYaleNortheast

Women’s Sabre:

NameSchoolRegion
Golash, SigneBrownNortheast
Johnson, LenaColumbia University Barnard CollegeNortheast
Michel, VioletColumbia University Barnard CollegeNortheast
Lasota, MartaHarvardNortheast
Tartakovsky, GabbyHarvardNortheast
Yucel, EmineNorthwesternMidwest
Hassett, TaraNotre DameMidwest
Russo, FrancescaNotre DameMidwest
Bosetti, MaddalenaOhio StateMidwest
Merza, SarahOhio StateMidwest
Uhry, ArabellaPennsylvaniaMid-Atlantic/South
Chang, KarenPenn StateMid-Atlantic/South
Moss, ZaraPenn StateMid-Atlantic/South
Chamberlain, MaiaPrincetonMid-Atlantic/South
Lee, AllisonPrincetonMid-Atlantic/South
Cieslar, KarolinaSt. John’sNortheast
Kaleta, KarolinaSt. John’sNortheast
Weber-Levine, CarlyStanfordWest
Hee, MaliaTempleMid-Atlantic/South
Plunkett, KerryTempleMid-Atlantic/South
Singleton-Comfort, LeanneAir ForceWest
Palczynska, PatrycjaWayne StateMidwest
Barnett, MaryYaleNortheast
Kamber, IlanaYaleNortheast

A live feed of the semi-final and final bouts of this year’s NCAA Fencing Championships will be available on ESPN3 or on the WatchESPN app. The semi-finals and finals, along with championship highlights will go to air on ESPNU at 1 pm EST on April 4. The event will be Mar. 22-25, hosted by Pennsylvania State University at the Multi-Sport Facility in University Park, Pa. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or from the Penn State Ticket Office at eth Bryce Jordan Centre (Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm)

Live results can be found here on EscrimeResults

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