New Haven, Conn. - Columbia collected two gold, two silver and two bronze medals at NCAA Northeast Regionals on Sunday, en route to likely qualifying the maximum of 12 fencers for NCAA Championships on March 23-26. 

The list of qualifiers will be finalized on Tuesday by the NCAA.


In his first NCAA Northeast Regionals, Sam Moelis displayed no fear. The freshman posted a 20-2 record, including a 9-1 showing in the final round of the day. 

Margaret Lu followed up her individual Ivy championship last month with a gold medal showing in women's foil at regionals. The senior finished the day 22-1 with a +40 touch differential in the final pool. 

Moelis and Lu automatically qualify for NCAA Championships. 


Lu's fellow foil fencers were not far behind her in the standings. The Lions swept the podium, with Iman Blow winning silver, and Sara Taffel earning bronze. Blow went 20-3 at regionals, finishing with a +27 touch differential in the final round. Sara Taffel also had a 20-3 day, and was right behind blow with a +17 touch differential. Unfortuantely for the Lions, Columbia can only send two of their podium finishers to NCAA Championships. 


Michael Costin finished in the silver spot in Men's Saber on Sunday but was not too far away from gold. Costin and Harvard's Eli Dershwitz fenced an identical 10-1 and +21 touch differential. Dershwitz score a single touch more than Costin to claim the top spot. 


All four women's sabre representatives and all three women's epee fencers made it to the final pool of 12. 

In sabre, Lena Johnson and Anastasia Ivanoff both went 7-4 in the final pool but Johnson edged out Ivanoff for bronze with a +8 touch differential over Ivanoff's +7. Ilana Solomon was right behind them in 5th place and Violet Michel finished 8th in her first NCAA Regionals. 

For women's epee, Katie Angen, Giana Vierheller and Mason Speta came in 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. Columbia was the only school to have all three of their epee fencers finish in the top 10. 


The qualification for the NCAA Championship is based on a formula comprising a 60 percent weight on regional performance and 40 percent regular-season meets. Regional champions for each weapon automatically advance, with remaining bids going to fencers based on performance and the region they compete in. Twenty-four spots in the epee, foil and sabre for both men’s and women’s competitors will be distributed.

Men Regional Results: 


6th - Gabe Canaux 

8th - Mick Yamanaka 

9th - Porter Hesslegrave 


2nd- Michael Costin 

10th- Calvin Liang 

13th - Alexander Walker III 


1st- Sam Moelis 

11th- Drew Johnston 

13th- Nolen Scruggs

21st- James Sands 

Women Regional Results 


4th - Katie Angen 

5th - Giana Vierheller 

6th - Mason Speta 


3rd - Lena Johnson

4th - Anastasia Ivanoff 

5th - Ilana Solomon 

8th - Violet Michel 


1st - Margaret Lu 

2nd- Iman Blow 

3rd- Sara Taffel 

All results: ESCRIBE