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Harvard is Tied For Fourth After Day One of the NCAA Fencing Championships

NCAA Day One Recap

Complete Day One Results

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Day one of the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships, which are taking place at the French Field House on the campus of Ohio State, is in the books and four Ivy teams are amongst the top-10 with three days left to fence. Harvard is tied for fourth with Ohio State with 49 points, followed by sixth-place Princeton (38), seventh-place Penn (37) and 10th-place Columbia (21). Notre Dame holds the overall lead with 61 points, followed by Penn State, which has 53 points.

A team earns a point for each victory by one of its fencers throughout the four-day championship. Thursday featured the first half of the men's portion of the competition, which will conclude on Friday, March 25 when an individual NCAA champion will crowned in each weapon. At the conclusion of men's pool fencing on Friday afternoon, the top four fencers in each weapon will advance to direct elimination in pursuit of the 2011 NCAA individual weapon titles.

The Harvard sabre tandem of tandem of Thomas Kolasa and Valentin Staller led the Crimson with 15 wins on the day, while it also had 14 epee and 10 foil victories. Princeton's epee tandem of Mike Elfassy and Jonathan Yergler had a strong day as they amassed 16 wins, while Penn's sabre tandem of Michael Mills and Evan Prochniak also combined for 16 wins. Both Columbia and Yale, which is in 11th place, saw their epee pairings lead the way with 12 wins apiece.

With 11 of Penn's 16 sabre victories, Prochniak sits in fourth on the individual sabre leader board. Other Ivies near the top of the individual leader boards include Yale foilist Nathaniel Botwinick, who is sixth with nine victories and Yergler, who stands in second with 11 epee wins on the day. Yergler finished Thursday with the same amount of wins as first place Marat Israelian, but trails his opposition from St. John's by one in indicator margin. Also in epee, Peter Cohen of Yale and Jacob Wischnia of Penn are in eighth and ninth, respectively, with eight wins apiece.

Complete Day One Standings
1. Notre Dame, 61
2. Penns State, 53
3. St. John's, 40
4. Harvard, 39
4. Ohio State, 39
6. Princeton, 38
7. Penn, 37
8. Duke, 28
8. Stanford, 28
10. Columbia, 21
11. Yale, 20
12. U.S. Air Force Academy, 18
13. Sacred Heart, 15
14. Vassar, 13
15. Brandeis, 11
16. New York University, 7
16. Wayne State, 7
18. Cleveland State, 5
18. Detroit Mercy, 5
18. Drew University, 5
18. U.C. San Diego, 5
22. Boston College, 3
22. Brown, 3
22. North Carolina, 3