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tBBC Three OSU Fencers Rio Bound

Discussion in 'News' started by jcollingsworth, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. Three OSU Fencers Rio Bound
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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    The Ohio State University will have three members in the 2016 Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro. Two members were runner-up’s in this year’s NCAA Championship Tournament – as well as a Buckeye fencing alumni. Junior Eleanor Harvey will be representing Canada and senior Mona Shaito will represent Lebanon, both in women’s foil. The alumnus – Jason Pryor was a 2009 Ohio State graduate. He will represent the USA in the men’s epee.

    Harvey and Shaito both secured their places in Rio after succeeding in fearless competition in the Grand Prix held in Havana, Cuba on March 13th of this year. The two Foilists’ qualified as the highest-ranked fencers in their respective zones – PanAm for Harvey and Asian for Shaito. Eleanor Harvey was a major force at the NCAA Tournaments this year – earning Gold and her first NCAA Championship title.

    Jason Pryor punched his ticket to Rio by locking down his berth in the Games at Westend Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary on March 18-20. The epeeist earned five victories in pool competition, going on to defeat Uzbekistan’s Nadirbek Usmanov (15-7) and Japan’s Keisuke Sakamoto (15-7) in preliminary competition. Pryor finished the event as the second-highest ranked competitor for the PanAm zone.

    Coach Vladimir Nazlymov of The Ohio State University’s Fencing team was spot on in his detailing of how these kids got where they did: “We are ready for this and we have a chance. It’s hard, but they can do it. All of them have a chance. Ohio State is a collegian program, but it is a real Olympic center. We have everything to be the best. We have one of the best athletic departments and we have better facilities than any other team. We are ready for this.”

    The Fencing program at The Ohio State University has been on track for greatness since Coach Vladimir Nazlymov arrival in Columbus fifteen years ago. He has brought notice to the Buckeyes – making them one of the more fearful in competition and most competitive in all of the NCAA. The Buckeyes have won NCAA Championships in 2004, 2008, and 2012. They came in 2nd in this year’s competition.

    The Road to Rio is shaping up in other sports as well. We undoubtedly will be seeing a few more Buckeyes heading south. But for now this is Eleanor Harvey, Mona Shaito, and Jason Pryor’s moments. Allow them this beautiful moment in the sun. Best wishes to all.

    You three have made Buckeye Nation quite proud.

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