COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes continued preparations for the NCAA Championships today with the 2016 Midwest Regional hosted at French Field House. Sixteen fencers faced off with the elite fencing squads in the region in hopes of being selected to compete in the Championships hosted by Brandeis University from March 24-27.
The women started off the day’s competition, with all six competitors earning top five finishes for the Buckeyes. For women’s sabre, junior Alexa Antipas was the lone competitor for the Scarlet and Gray, finishing in third place with seven victories and a +15 indicator. Antipas was the Midwest Regional champion in 2014 and finished seventh in 2015.
Women’s epeeist Eugenia Falqui finished in second place, claiming six victories and a +11 indicator. Falqui, a junior from Rome, Italy, was the Midwest Regional champion in 2015 and finished in fourth place in 2014. Freshman Emma von Dadelszen placed fourth in her first Midwest Regional after earning six victories.
Alanna Goldie, Eleanor Harvey, and Mona Shaito competed for women’s foil, taking three of the top five spots. Goldie, a junior from Calgary, Alberta, led the way for the unit finishing in second place with 15 victories and a +52 indicator. Goldie finished in third place at Midwest Regionals in 2014 and fifth place in 2015. Fellow junior Harvey finished close behind in third place with 14 wins and a +45 indicator. Senior Shaito claimed fifth place with 13 wins and a +29 indicator.
In men’s competition, junior sabre fencer Fares Arfa claimed first place to earn the title of 2016 Midwest Regional champion. Arfa, a Laval, Quebec native, claimed seven victories and a +14 indicator. Sophomore Hector Florencia finished in fifth place with six wins and a +5 indicator. Sophomore Frederick Koch finished in seventh placed with four wins.
Men’s epeeist Lewis Weiss successfully defended his 2015 Midwest Regional champion title, totaling ten wins and a +32 indicator. Sophomore Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger finished in third place with ten wins and a +25 indicator. The native of Montreal, Quebec also finished in third place at the 2015 Midwest Regional. Junior Iñaki de Guzman finished very close behind in fourth place, claiming ten victories and a +25 indicator. Freshman Oliver Shindler rounded out the men’s epee unit, tallying five wins and finishing in eighth place at his first Midwest Regional appearance.
Sophomore Stas Sudilovsky finished in at second place for men’s foil, earning ten victories and a +29 indicator. Maximilian Chastanet, the defending Midwest Regional champion, claimed fourth place with eight victories and a +18 indicator. Freshman Nicola Sirito debuted at the event in sixth place, grabbing five wins.
With first place finishes, men’s sabre member Fares Arfa and men’s epee member Lewis Weiss qualify for NCAA Championships. Other selections will be made based on performance at the Midwest Regional and in varsity competition throughout the season. The 2016 NCAA Championship selections will be announced on March 15.
2016 NCAA Midwest Regional
Mar. 12, 2016
French Field House – Columbus, Ohio
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