Field Set for 2015 NCAA Fencing Championships
Ohio State qualifies 10 fencers for the 2015 NCAA Fencing Championships
Championship page: www.go.osu.edu/2015champs
Media credential application: http://sportssystems.com/clients/ncaa/winter-media/
Ticket information: www.ncaa.com/tickets
Results from Midwest Regionals: http://escrimeresults.com/NCAA/MW/2015/
NCAA release: http://www.ncaa.com/news/fencing/article/2015-03-10/ncaa-mw-fencing-committee-selects-participants-2015-championship
COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State fencing team has qualified 10 fencers to compete in the 2015 NCAA Fencing Championships on March 19-22 hosted in Columbus, Ohio.
Of the ten fencers qualifying, seven are making their debut and the remaining three fencers competed in last year's championships. A full list of the Buckeyes competing is below.
The No. 6 women's squad qualified four fencers for competition. Sophomore Alanna Goldie finished with a bronze medal in women's foil at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Sophomore Eugenia Falqui also competed last year, finishing 22nd in women's epee. Sophomore Eleanor Harvey, women's foil, and sophomore Kimberly Young, women's sabre, will be making their championship debut.
The No. 4 men's unit qualified six fencers, the maximum number available. Sophomore Fares Arfa is the only Buckeye returning to the championship, finishing ninth in men's sabre. The remaining qualifiers are freshmen: Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger (men's epee), Lewis Weiss (men's epee), Maximilian Chastanet (men's foil), Stanislov Sudilovsky (men's foil) and Frederick Koch (men's sabre).
Qualifying fencers were chosen with 60% consideration based off their performance at the Midwest Regional, results linked above, and the other 40% based on varsity competition throughout the season.
A full schedule of events can be found below.
BUCKEYES AT THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Scarlet and Gray hold a 13-year streak of Top 5 finishes at the NCAA Fencing Championships. Three of those Top 5 finishes were first place (2004, 2008 and 2012), all under the guidance of Vladimir Nazlymov. The Buckeyes claimed second at the 2005 NCAA Fencing Championships.
HOME TEAM ADVANTAGE
Ohio State has hosted the NCAA Fencing Championships four times in the past ten years: 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014. At the 2008 and 2012 NCAA Championships, the Buckeyes won gold, while claiming fifth at the 2011 event and fourth in 2014.
THIS TIME LAST YEAR
The Ohio State fencing team qualified 12 fencers for the 2014 NCAA Championships, the maximum amount allotted. Eight of the qualifiers still compete with the Buckeyes.
Seven Buckeye fencers earned Top 10 finishes to help Ohio State to a fourth place finish overall. Alanna Goldie led the team when she tied for third place to earn a bronze medal in women's foil.
CREDENTIALS AND TICKETS AVAILABLE
If you wish to cover the 2015 NCAA Fencing Championships, you may apply for credentials at http://sportssystems.com/clients/ncaa/winter-media/.
Tickets for the event are available at ncaa.com/tickets or at French Field House on the day of the event. Daily tickets are $10 or $30 for the entire tournament. Doors will open for spectators one hour before the start of competition.
WATCH ON ESPN3
Live coverage of the 2015 NCAA Fencing Championships will be available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. An hour-long special will be featured on ESPNU at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 8.
2015 NCAA Fencing Championships
French Field House/St. John Arena
March 19-22, 2015
Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger, men's epee
Lewis Weiss, men's epee
Maximilian Chastanet, men's foil
Stanislov Sudilovsky, men's foil
Fares Arfa, men's sabre
Frederick Koch, men's sabre
Eugenia Falqui, women's epee
Alanna Goldie, women's foil
Eleanor Harvey, women's foil
Kimberly Young, women's sabre
Schedule of Events:
Thursday, March 19
9:30am Men's Foil, rounds 1-3
11:30am Men's Epee, rounds 1-3
2pm Men's Sabre, rounds 1-3
Friday, March 20
9am Men's Foil, rounds 4-5
Men's Epee, rounds 4-5
Men's Sabre, rounds 4-5
1:30pm Men's Championship bouts (in order of epee, foil and sabre)
Saturday, March 21
9:30am Women's Foil, rounds 1-3
11:30am Women's Epee, rounds 1-3
2pm Women's Sabre, rounds 1-3
Sunday, March 22
9am Women's Foil, rounds 4-5
Women's Epee, rounds 4-5
Women's Sabre, rounds 4-5
1:30pm Women's Championship bouts (in order of epee, foil and sabre)
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