INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the second straight year, the Ohio State fencing team finished in the number two spot at NCAA Fencing Championships with 11 fencers. The Buckeyes made five appearances in the semi-final and final rounds, the most out of the 27 teams in attendance. Ohio State finished with seven All-Americans in addition to one silver medal and four bronze medals.
In women’s epee competition, senior Eugenia Falqui led the way with a third place finish. Falqui finished pool competition in fourth with 14 wins, pushing through to the semi-final round after sitting in fifth place through rounds three and four. Falqui faced off with Katharine Homes of Princeton in the semi-final bout, forcing overtime after three periods. Holmes got the last touch, claiming a 9-8 victory. Sophomore Emma von Dadelszen earned eight victories in pool competition, finishing in 23rd place.
Alanna Goldie had the highest finish of the weekend, the only Buckeye to appear in the final round. Goldie finished round robin competition in fourth place, with 19 victories. In the semi-final round, Goldie pulled from behind to upset Margaret Lu of Columbia, 15-13. On the finals strip, Goldie faced off with world No. 1 ranked Lee Kiefer. In a long and hard fought bout, including an impromptu break to repair the curtains and scaffolding, Kiefer downed Goldie, 15-9. Goldie’s second place finish is the highest in her four appearances at NCAA Championships.
Defending individual champion Eleanor Harvey finished pool competition with 19 wins, making the jump to third place from fifth in the final round of pools. Harvey fenced the eventual champion Lee Kiefer of Notre Dame in the semi-final round, falling 15-7. The beginning of the bout was back and forth, with Harvey and Kiefer fighting for the lead. Kiefer jumped ahead in the second period, and Harvey was unable to catch up.
In her NCAA Championships debut, freshman Sarah Merza finished in fifth place and made it to the podium with Second Team All-America honors. Merza garnered 15 victories out of 23 bouts, earning a +30 indicator.
The men’s team was highlighted by foilist Maximilien Chastanet (16-7, +30) and sabreist Fares Arfa (17-6, +18), who both tied for third place in their respective weapons. Men’s epeeist Lewis Weiss (14-9, +17) finished in fifth, earning Second Team All-America honors.
The women’s team contributed 75 points, and the men’s team earned 86 points. Combined, the team tallied 161 points and finished nine points ahead of Columbia, which had a full team. Notre Dame claimed the 2017 national title, with 186 points.
NCAA Fencing Championships - Final Results
March 26, 2017
Indiana Farmers Coliseum - Indianapolis, Ind.
5 - Sarah Merza
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