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March 6, 2014

Ivies Set for NCAA Fencing Regionals

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The seven women's teams and six men's teams in the Ivy League are set for action this weekend at NCAA regional sites in Easton, Pa. and Wellesley, Mass.

Penn and Princeton will participate with 11 other teams in the Mid-Atlantic/South Regional on the campus of Lafayette College on Saturday. Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Yale and Brown will join 12 other teams at the Northeast Regional on the Wellesley campus on Sunday. 

The Ivy League teams are well represented in the latest CollegeFencing360.com polls. Columbia is No. 1 on the men's side, followed by Princeton at No. 5, Harvard at No. 6 and Penn at No. 7. Columbia and Harvard shared the Ivy League Round-Robins title shortly after that poll was released on February 6. 

On the women's side, Princeton is the top-ranked team followed by Harvard at No. 3, Columbia at No. 5 and Penn at No. 7. The Tigers rolled to their fifth-straight Ivy League Round-Robins title last month and were a perfect 31-0 in dual meets this season.  

The Midwest Regional will be held on Saturday at Detroit Mercy in Detroit, while the West Regional will be hosted by Caltech on Saturday in Pasadena, Calif. 

The 144 individuals selected for the NCAA's National Collegiate Fencing Championship will be announced on Tuesday, 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.