Strong Opening Day Has Ivies in National Title Hunt at NCAA Fencing Championship
SAN ANTONIO -- Three rounds into the men's competition at the 2013 NCAA Fencing Championship, Princeton is in second place and Harvard is in third place thanks to a strong opening day.
Penn State leads the competition with 63 points, followed by Princeton with 51 and Harvard with 50. The Tigers scored a tournament-best 20 points in epee as Jonathan Yergler and Edward Kelly each scored 10 victories in the first three rounds of competition. Harvard's Peregrine Badger leads the epee standings individually with 11 victories, followed by Brian Ro from Columbia and Yergler and Kelly with 10 each.
Harvard scored 18 points each in epee and foil for a solid first-day effort. Michael Woo and Brian Kaneshige each had nine victories in foil to account for the 18 points. Princeton's Michael Dudey is second in foil with 13 victories, trailing Notre Dame's Gerek Meinhardt who went a perfect 15-0 on Thursday.
Penn is in sixth place in the team standings thanks in large part to Michael Mills' performance in saber. Mills is third in the individual standings after recording 12 victories on Thursday. The Quakers earned 21 of their 43 points in saber.
Columbia is ninth with 39 points. Brown is 11th and Yale 12th after the opening day.
The men's competition concludes Friday with the completion of preliminary competition and the individual semifinals and finals. The women's competition, part of the combined overall standings, gets underway on Saturday morning.