Buckeyes Primed to Host 2015 NCAA Fencing Championships

Ohio State hosts the NCAA Fencing Championships for the second-consecutive year
Ohio State hosts the NCAA Fencing Championships for the second-consecutive year
March 17, 2015

2015 NCAA Fencing Championships Central

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State fencing team is gearing up to compete in the 2015 NCAA Fencing Championships, which will be hosted in Columbus, Ohio, for the second-consecutive year on March 19 to March 22. Men's competition will take place on Thursday and Friday, while women's competition will be on Saturday and Sunday with preliminary rounds occurring in French Field House and semi-final and championship bouts in St. John Arena.

Live coverage of the event can be found on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. ESPNU will air an hour-long program highlighted the championships at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8th.

At the end of each day of competition, a recap will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Live stats will be available on www.ncaa.com/fencing.

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.

A number of Buckeyes are making their championship debut out of this year's ten qualifiers. The young Scarlet and Gray will compete against the best teams in the nation.



Freshman Lewis Weiss claimed gold at the Midwest Regionals to solidify his spot in epee, while fellow freshman Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger took bronze to earn Ohio State's other spot. The respective Houston, Texas, product and Montreal, Quebec, native will both be making their debut at national collegiate championships.

Maximilian Chastanet, a Nice, France, native, and Stanislov Sudilovsky, from Haifa, Israel, will also be competing for the first time. The freshmen earned first and fifth in foil, respectively, at the Midwest Regionals.

Sophomore Fares Arfa brings experience from the 2014 NCAA Fencing Championships, where he finished ninth in sabre. The Laval, Quebec, product earned a fifth-place finish at the Midwest Regionals. Freshman Frederick Koch of Dormagen, Germany, rounds out the Buckeye sabre duo, paving his way to the championships with a bronze at the Midwest Regionals.

Sophomore Eugenia Falqui qualified for the Scarlet and Gray in epee with a gold medal from the Midwest Regionals. The Rome, Italy, native competed at the championships last year, where she earned the No. 22 spot.

Sophomore Alanna Goldie also competed at the 2014 NCAA Fencing Championships, garnering a bronze medal in foil. The Calgary, Alberta, native finished in fifth at the Midwest Regionals to earn her spot at the event this year. Fellow sophomore and Hamilton, Ontario, product Eleanor Harvey will be making her debut at the 2015 NCAA Fencing Championship having claimed fourth at the Midwest Regionals.

Sophomore Kimberly Young will round out the Buckeye women's contingent, claiming her spot with a fourth-place finish in sabre at Midwest Regionals. This marks the first time the Gilbert, Ariz., native will compete in the event.

Fencers will compete in five rounds of five-touch bouts in a round-robin format. The top-four finishers will move on to the 15-touch semifinal bouts. Winners will advance to the championship bout to determine first and second place, while the non-advancing fencers will tie for third place.

Points earned by individual fencers will determine an institution's place finish in the championship. Each victory for a student-athlete earns one point for the school represented throughout the championship.

2015 NCAA Fencing Championships
Columbus, Ohio
French Field House/St. John Arena

Schedule of Events:
Thursday, March 19
9:30 a.m. Men's Foil, rounds 1-3
11:30 a.m. Men's Epee, rounds 1-3
2 p.m. Men's Sabre, rounds 1-3

Friday, March 20
9 a.m. Men's Foil, rounds 4-5
Men's Epee, rounds 4-5
Men's Sabre, rounds 4-5
1:30 p.m. Men's Championship bouts (in order of epee, foil and sabre)

Saturday, March 21
9:30 a.m. Women's Foil, rounds 1-3
11:30 a.m. Women's Epee, rounds 1-3
2 p.m. Women's Sabre, rounds 1-3

Sunday, March 22
9 a.m. Women's Foil, rounds 4-5
Women's Epee, rounds 4-5
Women's Sabre, rounds 4-5
1:30 p.m. Women's Championship bouts (in order of epee, foil and sabre)