Fencing NCAA Title Chase Begins This Weekend With Regional Qualifiers
Portions courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media
Relations and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The fencing postseason
continues this weekend with the NCAA Midwest, Mid-Atlantic/South
and Northeast Regionals slated to take place. On Saturday, March
12, members of Princeton and Penn will take part in the
Mid-Atlantic/South Regional on campus at Drew University in
Madison, N.J. Then, on Sunday, March 13 select fencers from Brown,
Columbia, Cornell, Harvard and Yale will take to the strips at
Vassar in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in NCAA Northeast Regional
The Ivy League teams are looking to qualify as many individuals as possible for the NCAA Championships, which begin March 24 on the campus of the Ohio State University. Teams can qualify up to two fencers per weapon (per gender) for the Championships, meaning up to 12 fencers from a school sponsoring men’s and women’s teams could make the championship field. A total of 24 fencers (per weapon) will make the NCAA finals from across the country’s four regions. Aside from automatic qualify spots from the Regionals (which differ across the four regions), two fencers nationally in each weapon will earn at-large berths to make up the final field of 24.
The NCAA Fencing Championship is a co-ed title, awarded to the team with the most pool wins over four days of fencing. Additionally, an individual champion in each weapon (for both genders) will be awarded.
The Ivy League fencing teams have achieved great success at the NCAA Fencing Championships over the years. Last season, Harvard finished fifth overall, followed by Princeton (6), Columbia (7) and Penn (8). On the individual level, Harvard sabreist Caroline Vloka and Columbia foilist Nicole Ross took 2010 women’s gold medals. Harvard women’s epeeist Noam Mills took home silver, while Columbia men’s epeeist earned a bronze giving the Ivy League four medalists at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
Columbia and Penn have released their 2011 NCAA Regional participants:
Columbia (14 entries // NCAA Northeast Regional)
Penn (18 entries // NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional)