March 4, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State fencing team will send at least nine of its own to the 2006 NCAA National Championships March 16-19 in Houston, Texas, after OSU's top-ranked men's squad and sixth-ranked women competed at the Midwest Regional Qualifier Saturday in Cleveland. Six members of the men's squad advanced, while three from the women will compete for the national title.
The Buckeyes, which had nine fencers automatically qualify and could add more with at-large bids in the coming days, won the 2004 national championship but were edged out by two points by Notre Dame a year ago.
A maximum of 12 fencers from each school, two from each weapon, are permitted to automatically qualify for the national championships. The rule in part negated the dominance of the Ohio State men's squad Saturday, which claimed four of the top five sabre spots and each of the top three foil places.
A pair of two-time NCAA champions for the Buckeyes placed first in their respective weapons as junior Boaz Ellis (Moshav Zippori, Israel) won foil and senior Adam Crompton (Newark, N.J.) won sabre.
Behind Crompton, freshman Mike Momtselidze (Kansas City, Mo.) placed second in sabre to earn an automatic bid to nationals. Junior Jason Paul (Los Angeles, Calif.) placed fourth in sabre, while senior Jason Rogers (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished fifth.
In men's foil behind Ellis, freshman Andras Horanyi (Boulder, Colo.) placed second to earn a trip to nationals, while freshman Dimitri Kirk-Gordon (San Jose, Calif.) was third but by rule could not qualify. Sophomore William Jeter (Cincinnati, Ohio) took eighth.
Two Ohio State men's epee fencers will compete at the national championships as junior Denis Tolkachev (St. Petersburg, Russia) placed fifth Saturday and freshman Jason Pryor (Cleveland, Ohio) took sixth. OSU junior Christian Rivera (Bloomfield, N.J.) finished eighth.
With a second place finish in sabre, OSU sophomore Siobhan Byrne (Eislingen, Germany) had the best finish on the women's side for the Buckeyes. Sophomore Eileen Grench (Davis, Calif.) earned a fifth place finish in women's sabre to join Byrne as an automatic qualifier to the national championships. Junior Syvenna Siebert (Upper Arlington, Ohio) placed sixth, one spot out of contention.
OSU junior Kaela Brendler (San Antonio, Texas) placed fifth in women's epee to guarantee herself a trip to Houston, while sophomore Alexandra Obrazcova (Dauganpils, Latvia) took sixth. Sophomore Leslie Lampman (Gibsonia, Pa.) placed 12th among the epeeists.
In women's foil, sophomore Amelia Gaillard (Fayetteville, Ga.) placed eighth. Joining her in foil competition Saturday, senior Marguerite Plekhanov (Montclair, N.J.) was 11th, senior Kristin Rill (Des Plaines, Ill.) was 13th and sophomore Byrony Tomic-Beard (Brookline, N.H.) was 15th.
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