Fencers Tied for First at NCAAs Through Women's Competition
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Princeton and host Ohio State are tied atop the leaderboard following the women's competition at the NCAA fencing championship.
The Tigers and Buckeyes have 88 wins apiece -- out of a possible 135 each -- to lead a cluster of five teams near the top of the 20-team field. Notre Dame is third with 82 wins, followed by Penn State and St. John's with 81 each.
It is the second straight year Princeton led the field in women's wins, but the NCAA championship trophy is awarded only after the men's competition is complete as well. That will take place Saturday and Sunday with 135 more points available to the Tigers and the six other teams to qualify the maximum six men to the NCAA finals: Harvard, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Penn and St. John's.
No weapon was as successful from any women's team as the Princeton epeeists, as Katharine Holmes (19-4) and Hannah Safford (15-8) contributed 34 wins. Princeton's saberists, with Eliza Stone (16-7) and Diamond Wheeler (11-12), and foilists, with Ambika Singh (14-9) and Eve Levin (13-10), each had 27 wins per weapon.
Stone, Singh, Levin, Holmes and Safford were all All-America honorees. Singh placed 10th, Levin 12th, Safford seventh and Wheeler 13th, while Stone and Holmes each tied for third after falling in their respective semifinal bouts during the four-woman direct elimination portion of the competition.
Stone fell 15-5 to two-time champion Rebecca Ward of Duke in the saber semifinal, while Holmes lost 15-8 to Katarzyna Dabrowa of Ohio State.
Princeton's men will get underway at 10 a.m. Saturday for the first four of seven rounds of pool competition.