COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing team will travel to Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. to compete in the 2016 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes qualified eleven out of the maximum twelve fencers, the men’s and women’s fencing committee announced Tuesday. Ohio State hopes to improve on their fifth place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships, having qualified ten fencers last year.
144 fencers will compete at the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center on Mar. 24-27. Nine of Ohio State’s eleven qualifiers will be returning to the championships for a second or third time. Competition will include individual events in men’s foil, men’s epee, men’s sabre, women’s foil, women’s epee, and women’s sabre. Two fencers will represent Ohio State in all weapon categories but women’s sabre.
The competition will follow a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round robin, the top-four finishers will compete in 15-touch bouts for the semifinal round. The winners of the semifinal round will fence to determine first and second place, while the non-advancing fencers will tie for third place.
Points earned by each individual student-athlete determine the overall team’s place in the championships. A team is awarded one point for each individual victory.
Ohio State’s men’s squad qualified six fencers, two from each weapon category. Lewis Weiss (epee), Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger (epee), Stas Sudilovsky (foil), Maximilien Chastanet (foil), and Fares Arfa (sabre) will all be returning for a second time after competing at NCAA Championships in 2015.
Sophomore sabre fencer Hector Florencia will be making his NCAA Championship debut after placing fifth at Midwest Regionals. Florenica also played a key role at Midwest Conference Championships, placing third in individual competition and helping the sabre unit to a first place finish.
Four of Ohio State’s women’s selections for NCAA Championships are no stranger to the competition. Foilist Alanna Goldie and epeeist Eugenia Falqui, who both participated in 2014 and 2015, lead the squad. Foilist Eleanor Harvey and sabreist Alexa Antipas will both return to NCAA competition for a second time.
Epeeist Emma von Dadelszen is the only freshman fencer to receive a selection to compete. Von Dadelszen finished in sixth place at Midwest Conference Championships and claimed fourth place at her first Midwest Regional.
A live feed of the semi-final and final bouts will be available on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN App. The semi-finals and finals, along with other championships highlights will air on ESPNU at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time on April 6.
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