Ohio State Finishes 2013 NCAA Championship in Fourth Place
March 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team finished in fourth place Sunday after four days of competition at the NCAA Championships in San Antonio, Texas. The Buckeyes extended their streak of Top 5 finishes to 12 years and combined for 146 victories and 993 touches scored between the men and women. Senior Marco Canevari marked the Scarlet and Gray’s single individual champion title by securing the gold medal in men’s epee Friday.
After starting the competition in seventh place, the Buckeyes moved up steadily through Sunday, which marked the second and final day of the women’s competition. Mona Shaito led the Buckeyes by finishing the pool rounds in fourth place, advancing to the semifinals bouts as one of the Top 4 in the weapon. She lost to eventual champion Lee Kiefer of Notre Dame 15-5 to finish tied for third. Shaito won 16 of her total 23 bouts at the championships and notched 94 touches overall. Shaito also finished tied for third at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
Mona’s sister, Mai Shaito, finished her NCAA debut in 16th place after winning nine bouts and recording 78 touches scored.
Senior Katarzyna Dabrowa, 2012 women’s epee national champion, finished the pool rounds in sixth place, falling short of making the semifinals bouts. Dabrowa recorded a women’s team-high 100 touches and ended the event with 16 victories and a +23 indicator. Teammate Caroline Piasecka finished in 15th place with 10 victories and 80 touches scored.
In women’s sabre, Alison Miller proved strong for the Buckeyes. Ranked fifth after the pool rounds were complete, the senior missed qualifying for the semifinal bouts by a small margin. Her 16 victories fell just one short of Gillian Litynski’s (North Carolina) 17 victories that pushed her into the No. 4 spot. Miller ended the day with 98 touches and a +34 indicator. Celina Merza, the final Buckeye competing, recorded an 18th-place showing at her first NCAAs appearance. Merza won nine bouts and scored 80 touches.
Overall, the Scarlet and Gray finished the 2013 NCAA Championships with 146 points to come in fourth place behind Penn State (163), Notre Dame (175), and Princeton (182). This marks Ohio State’s 12thconsecutive Top 5 finish at the championships and the final competition of its 2012-2013 season.
2013 NCAA Championships
Women’s Final Results
3- Mona Shaito
16- Mai Shaito
18- Celina Merza