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March 10, 2014

Ivies Win Six of 12 NCAA Fencing Regional Titles

Mid-Atlantic / South Regional Results | Northeast Regional Results

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard and Princeton combined to win six of the 12 individual titles and Ivies had an across-the-board strong showing at two NCAA Fencing Regionals this past weekend. 

Princeton's women's team, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation and went through the dual match season undefeated at 31-0, won all three weapons at the Mid-Atlantic / South Regional in Easton, Pa., in addition to winning one men's title.

Foilist Ambika Singh, epeeists Katharine Holmes and Jack Hudson, and saberist Gracie Stone all finished atop the table in their weapons. Singh, a junior, won her third consecutive title. Stone was runner-up to her sister Eliza as a freshman last season. 

Penn's Jason Chang finished third in men's foil, while Michael Dudey of Princeton placed fourth and the Tigers' Rodney Chen finished seventh. 

Penn's Royce Shipp placed fifth and the Quakers' Clifford Fishler was seventh in men's epee. In men's saber, Penn took places 2-3-4 with finishes by Shaul Gordon, Steven Yang and Michael Mills, respectively. Princeton's Philip Derschwitz was fifth. 

In women's foil, Princeton's Sharon Gao finished runner-up to Singh. Penn's Luona Wang was fifth and Princeton's Ashley Tsue was seventh. 

In women's epee, Princeton also went 1-2 as the Tigers' Susannah Scanlan was second. Penn's Aleina Edwards placed third. 

In women's saber, Diamond Wheeler was third and Desirae Major was fifth for Princeton. 

At the Northeast Regional in Wellesley, Mass., Harvard saberist Adrienne Jarocki and epeeist Isabel DiTella won regional titles for the Crimson. 

In men's foil, Michael Woo and Brian Kaneshife finished second and third, respectively, for Harvard. Columbia's Adam Mathieu and Harrison Bergman were fifth and sixth, while Harvard's Jerry Chang was seventh.

In men's epee, Columbia's Jake Hoyle place third, while Harvard's Mike Raynis and Alexander Eldeib placed sixth and seventh. 

In men's saber, Harvard's Alexander Ryjik placed third, while Columbia's trio of Geoffrey Loss, Will Spear and Christofer Ahn placed fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively. 

In women's epee, Cornell's Victoria Wines was second behind DiTella. Harvard received a third-place finish from Nina Van Loon and a fifth-place finish by Emma Vaggo. Columbia's Mason Speta was sixth.  

In women's saber, Harvard's Aliya Itzkowitz was second behind Jarocki, while Brown's Christine Whalen and Caitlyn Taylor placed third and fifth, respectively. Harvard's Kara Lee was sixth. 

In women's foil, Alexandra Kiefer placed second. Columbia's Jessica Laffey and Jackie Dubrovich placed third and fifth, respectively. Yale's Lauren Miller was sixth. 

The 144 individuals selected for the NCAA's National Collegiate Fencing Championship will be announced on Tuesday evening (March 11). The National Championship will be held March 20-23 at French Field House in Columbus, Ohio. 

The Mid-Atlantic/South Region will be eligible for eight bids in men's epee, seven bids each in men's foil, men's saber, women's epee and women's saber, and six bids in women's foil toward the field of 24 in each weapon at the NCAA Championships. The Northeast Region will be eligible for eight bids in men's epee, men's foil and women's epee and nine selections in men's saber, women's saber and women's foil. 

Sixty percent of the selections will be based on performance at the regional, while 40 percent will be based on performance during the regular season. A team may have a maximum of 12 individuals in the combined national championship but no more than two in each weapon. 

Princeton is the defending national champion and has qualified 12 fencers each of the last four years.