March 25, 2007
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State fencing team finished in fifth place with 144 points as four days of competition at the 2007 NCAA Championships, hosted by Drew University in Madison, N.J., came to a close Sunday. The Buckeyes have recorded six consecutive Top 5 finishes and sophomore foilist Andras Horanyi (Boulder, Colo.) captured the program's seventh individual national championship.
Penn State won its 10th national title with 194 points, while St. John's finished second (176), Columbia-Barnard took third (169) and Notre Dame placed fourth (160). The Buckeyes finished ahead of sixth place and defending national champion Harvard (123) and seventh place Penn (104).
With Horanyi's title, Ohio State has now won the individual men's foil crown four consecutive years, a streak started by three-time national champion and current student assistant coach Boaz Ellis (Moshav Zippori, Israel). The third-seeded Horanyi upset both the second and top seeded competitors en route to the title.
The women's sabre tandem of juniors Eileen Grench (Davis, Calif.) and Siobhan Byrne (Eislingen, Germany) each recorded Top 10 finishes, with Grench placing seventh and Byrne finishing ninth.
In men's sabre, sophomore Mikhail Momtselidze (Overland Park, Mo.) came up just short of a bronze medal, finishing fourth. Freshman teammate Sergey Smirnov (Shymkent, Kazachstan) placed 11th in his debut at the national championships.
Freshman Julia Tikhonova (Jerusalem, Israel) impressed in her first trip to the championships, placing fifth in women's foil.
The women's epee squad sent two competitors to the national championship in juniors Leslie Lampman (Gibsonia, Pa.) and Alexandra Obrazcova (Daugavpils, Latvia). Obrazcova finished 10th, while Lampman placed 22nd.
Freshman Mykhaylo Mazur (Khmelnitskiy, Ukraine) finished ninth in men's epee, while sophomore teammate Jason Pryor (Cleveland, Ohio) placed 20th in his return visit to the championships.
The 2007 NCAA Championships marked the finale of Ohio State's collegiate regular season. Full results can be obtained at http://www.ncaasports.com/fencing.
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