COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State fencing team finished this year's competition at NCAA Championships as the national runner-up with 167 points, just seven points behind Columbia University despite having one less fencer than the maximum 12. Junior foilist Eleanor Harvey and sophomore foilist Maximilien Chastanet highlighted the team's effort, claiming individual champion titles in their weapons. Harvey, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, finished round robin competition in second place with 21 victories and a +67 touch differential. Harvey went on to defeat Notre Dame's Sabrina Massialas in the semifinal round, 15-9 and bested the No. 1 seed Jackie Dubrovich of Columbia University, 15-10, to earn the national champion title. Harvey is the second Buckeye to win a women's foil title in program history. Chastanet finished round robin competition in first place, earning 18 victories and a +52 touch differential. Chastanet, a native of Nice, France, defeated Columbia's Adam Mathieu, 15-10, in the semifinal bout and went on to dominate his championship bout, taking the national champion title with a 15-3 victory over Penn State's Nobuo Bravo. Chastanet is the third Buckeye to win a men's foil title in program history.
OhioStateBuckeyes.com caught up with the champions to talk about how they prepared for NCAAs and what their wins mean for program's future.
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