Buckeyes Set to Host 2014 NCAA Fencing Championships
March 17, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State fencing team begins its quest for the 2014 NCAA Fencing Championships Thursday in French Field House, with women’s competition beginning at 9:30 a.m. Men’s competition will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Championships bouts will be held in St. John Arena on at 1:30 p.m. Friday for the women’s competition and at 1:45 p.m. Sunday for the men’s side.
ESPN3 will be airing the semifinal and championship bouts live on Friday and Sunday. This can be accessed at www.watchespn.com. A highlight show of the 2014 Fencing Championships will air on ESPNU at 8 p.m. on April 1.
A recap of the events will be available at the end of each day of competition on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and live stats will be available at www.ncaa.com/fencing.
OHIO STATE AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State joins Princeton and Penn State as the only schools to qualify the maximum 12 fencers.
REPRESENTING OHIO STATE
The remaining five qualifiers are freshmen, who will make their debut at this event.
Freshman Alexa Antipas will make her NCAA Championship debut this weekend. The Stony Brook, N.Y., native claimed gold at both the Midwest Conference Championships and the Midwest Regional Qualifier.
Freshman Alanna Goldie, who graduated high school a semester early to compete with the Buckeyes, will join Shaito at the championships. Goldie was named Rookie of the Week for her performance at the Northwestern Duals, 17-1, Feb. 1. The Calgary, Alberta, product finished third at the Midwest Regional Qualifiers.
Freshman Eugenia Falqui joins Piasecka to compete for the first time. The Roman rookie earned a 12th place finish at the Midwest Conference Championships and a fourth place finish at the Midwest Regional Qualifiers.
Freshman Fares Arfa makes his debut at the event after completing high school early to join the Ohio State fencing team. The rookie, from Laval, Quebec, claimed silver at the Midwest Regional Qualifiers.
Junior Chris Colley pairs with Shaito for the third-consecutive year, forming a formidable duo. Colley finished 17th in 2012 and sixth in 2013. The Portland, Ore., product earned a sixth place finish at the Midwest Conference Championships and a fifth place finish at the Midwest Regional Qualifiers.
Freshman Iñaki de Guzman joins the Buckeyes for his first appearance at the event. The Fairfax, Va., native claimed silver at the Midwest Regional Qualifiers and earned seventh place at the Midwest Conference Championships.
ABOUT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
An institution's place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual fencer. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes throughout the entire championship.