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tBBC 11 OSU Fencers Prepare for NCAA Championships

Discussion in 'News' started by jcollingsworth, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. 11 OSU Fencers Prepare for NCAA Championships
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    The Ohio State University Fencing team is in preparations for the 2016 NCAA Championships which this year will be conducted at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The Buckeyes have qualified eleven out of the maximum twelve fencers, the men’s and women’s fencing committee announced Tuesday March 15th. The Buckeyes who finished fifth place in the 2015 NCAA Championships, having qualified ten fencers in that event, are aiming for the top this year.

    There will be 144 fencers in completion between March 24-27 at the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center at Brandeis University. Of the eleven qualifiers for the Buckeyes this year nine will be returning to the championships for a second – even a third time. Competition will include individual events in men’s foil, men’s epee, men’s sabre, women’s foil, women’s epee, and women’s sabre. Two fencers will represent Ohio State in all weapon categories but women’s sabre.

    The competition will follow a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. Following the round robin, the top-four finishers will enter into 15-touch bouts for the semifinal round. The winners of these semifinal round(s) will go head-to-head; fencing in order to determine the winner and second place, the non-advancing fencers will tie for third place.


    Ohio State’s men’s squad has qualified six fencers, two from each weapon category. Lewis Weiss (Epee), Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger (Epee), Stas Sudilovsky (Foil), Maximilien Chastanet (Foil), and Fares Arfa (Sabre) will all be returning for a second time after competing at NCAA Championships in 2015.

    Sabre fencer Hector Florencia, sophomore, is debuting in this year’s NCAA Championship after placing fifth at the Midwest Regionals. Florencia also played a key role at the Midwest Conference Championships, placing third in individual competition – assisting the Buckeyes sabre unit to reaching first place.


    Four of the Buckeyes women’s selections for the NCAA Championships are absolutely no strangers to the competition. Alanna Goldie (Foil) and Eugenia Falqui (Epee), both were in the 2014 and 2015 competitions. Eleanor Harvey (Foil) and Alexa Antipas (Sabre) are returning to the NCAA competition for a second time.

    Emma von Dadelszen (Epee) is the only freshman fencer to receive a selection to compete. Emma finished out in the Midwest Conference Championships in sixth place and finished the Midwest regionals in fourth place.

    The whole event will be available on ESPN3 – check out your local listings.

    Coach Vladimir Nazlymov since his arrival in Columbus fifteen years ago has transformed the landscape in the Fencing Program. The Buckeyes have won NCAA Championships in 2004, 2008, and 2012. They are quite capable of making it 2016 as well. Be sure to tune them in on ESPN3.

    Go Buckeyes.

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