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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:

Name School Region
Kravitz, Zachary UC-San Diego West
Canaux, Gabe Columbia University Barnard College Northeast
Hesslegrave, Porter Columbia University Barnard College Northeast
Hammarberg, Bryn Duke Mid-Atlantic/South
Horowitz, Charlie Harvard Northeast
Sless, Alexander Incarnate Word West
Gao, Tiger Johns Hopkins Mid-Atlantic/South
Bogert, Brett NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Sanders, Ian New York University Northeast
Hanahan, Nicholas Notre Dame Midwest
Simmons, Ariel Notre Dame Midwest
Blais, Marc-Antoine Ohio State Midwest
Weiss, Lewis Ohio State Midwest
Wilson, Sean Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic/South
Yoo, Justin Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic/South
Piskovatskov, Anton Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Johnson, Wesley Princeton Mid-Atlantic/South
Centeno, Dante Sacred Heart Northeast
McDowald, Curtis St. John’s Northeast
White, Sean St. John’s Northeast
Cheong, Robin Stanford West
Strong, Sean Stanford West
Shelanski, Isaac Yale Northeast
Xu, Jonathan Yale Northeast

Men’s Foil:

Name School Region
Hadler, David UC-San Diego West
Moelis, Sam Columbia University Barnard College Northeast
Kumbla, Sidarth Columbia University Barnard College Northeast
Gronningsater, Eoin Duke Mid-Atlantic/South
Rushing, Brycen Duke Mid-Atlantic/South
Haglund, George Harvard Northeast
Tourette, Geoffrey Harvard Northeast
Blumentals, Renars Incarnate Word West
Marques, Henrique NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Mannan, Zohaib New York University Northeast
Shin, Philip New York University Northeast
Itkin, Nick Notre Dame Midwest
Kiefer, Axel Notre Dame Midwest
Chastanet, Maximilien Ohio State Midwest
Sudilovsky, Stas Ohio State Midwest
Li, Michael Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic/South
Upbin, William Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic/South
Bicego, Sebastiano Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Barmann, Samuel Princeton Mid-Atlantic/South
Knodt, Julian Princeton Mid-Atlantic/South
Nemeth, Andras St. John’s Northeast
Orts, Lucas Stanford West
Swicegood, Brian Air Force West
Allen, Cameron Yale Northeast

Men’s Sabre:

Name School Region
Sieradzky, Dawson Columbia University Barnard College Northeast
Liang, Calvin Columbia University Barnard College Northeast
Di Tella, Pascual Duke Mid-Atlantic/South
Walter, Agoston Duke Mid-Atlantic/South
Cai, Erwin Harvard Northeast
Dershwitz, Eli Harvard Northeast
Bak, Mikolaj New York University Northeast
Williams, Grant New York University Northeast
Fitzgerald, Jonathan Notre Dame Midwest
Shainberg, Jonah Notre Dame Midwest
Koch, Domenik Ohio State Midwest
Koch, Fredrick Ohio State Midwest
Merchant, Julian Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic/South
Van Hoffelen, Raphael Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic/South
Mackiewicz, Andrew Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Metryka, Karol Penn state Mid-Atlantic/South
Chin, Edward Princeton Mid-Atlantic/South
Kwak, Daniel Princeton Mid-Atlantic/South
Fares, Ferjani St. John’s Northeast
Natanzon, Ben St. John’s Northeast
Dalli, Jeffrey Stanford West
Wang, Royce Stanford West
Goode, Matthew Air Force West
Elsissy, Ziad Wayne State Midwest

Women’s Epee:

Name School Region
Morgan, Ella Boston College Northeast
Beihold, Emily UC-San Diego West
Zmurk, Emma UC-San Diego West
Angen, Katie Columbia University Barnard College Northeast
Vierheller, Giana Columbia University Barnard College Northeast
Toby, Natalia Fairleigh Dickinson Mid-Atlantic/South
Gao, Cindy Harvard Northeast
Kukadia, Saanchi Harvard Northeast
Sakharova, Helen MIT Northeast
Garcia, Julia NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
DeGrasse, Justine North Carolina Mid-Atlantic/South
Hamilton, Pauline Northwestern Midwest
Sirico, Amanda Notre Dame Midwest
Yefremenko, Dasha Notre Dame Midwest
Verret, Alexanne Ohio State Midwest
von Dadelszen, Emma Ohio State Midwest
Wolf, Stephanie Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic/South
Kalonji, Anastasia Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Vanbenthuysen, Barbara Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Nixon, Catherine Princeton Mid-Atlantic/South
Stewart, Tatijana Princeton Mid-Atlantic/South
Ryf, Ally St. John’s Northeast
Zuikova, Veronika St. John’s Northeast
Nam, Michelle Yale Northeast

Women’s Foil:

Name School Region
Masui, Konami UC-San Diego West
Blow, Iman Columbia University Barnard College Northeast
Binder, Sylvie Columbia University Barnard College Northeast
Ding, Grace Cornell Northeast
Viqueira, Marissa Cornell Northeast
Gianneschi, Julia Duke Mid-Atlantic/South
Harvey, Rhiannon Duke Mid-Atlantic/South
Lawrence, MacKenzie Harvard Northeast
Luong, Tiffany New York University Northeast
Chart, Yvonne Northwestern Midwest
Filby, Sarah Northwestern Midwest
Kleiner, Elyssa Notre Dame Midwest
Massialas, Sabrina Notre Dame Midwest
Cecchini, Gabriela Ohio State Midwest
Rivano, Camilla Ohio State Midwest
Vaiani, Nicole Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic/South
Wong, Nicole Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic/South
Bicego, Lodovica Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Zuzulo, Isabella Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Liao, Madeline Stanford West
Lovelace, Kennedy Temple Mid-Atlantic/South
Nechanicky, Mackensie Air Force West
Zhao, Jenny Yale Northeast
Zhou, Anna Yale Northeast

Women’s Sabre:

Name School Region
Golash, Signe Brown Northeast
Johnson, Lena Columbia University Barnard College Northeast
Michel, Violet Columbia University Barnard College Northeast
Lasota, Marta Harvard Northeast
Tartakovsky, Gabby Harvard Northeast
Yucel, Emine Northwestern Midwest
Hassett, Tara Notre Dame Midwest
Russo, Francesca Notre Dame Midwest
Bosetti, Maddalena Ohio State Midwest
Merza, Sarah Ohio State Midwest
Uhry, Arabella Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic/South
Chang, Karen Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Moss, Zara Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Chamberlain, Maia Princeton Mid-Atlantic/South
Lee, Allison Princeton Mid-Atlantic/South
Cieslar, Karolina St. John’s Northeast
Kaleta, Karolina St. John’s Northeast
Weber-Levine, Carly Stanford West
Hee, Malia Temple Mid-Atlantic/South
Plunkett, Kerry Temple Mid-Atlantic/South
Singleton-Comfort, Leanne Air Force West
Palczynska, Patrycja Wayne State Midwest
Barnett, Mary Yale Northeast
Kamber, Ilana Yale Northeast

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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