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Indianapolis, Indiana - Columbia Fencing fell short of a three-peat and finished in third place at the NCAA Championships, behind Notre Dame and Ohio State at the Indiana State Fairgrounds this weekend.
"Third place is a good way to remind us that this isn't easy and you do have to work very hard," Coach Michael Aufrichtig said. "I am sure we will come back next season with that thought."
Lu went 7-1 on the day and finished with a 21-2 overall record, the top individual finish in women's foil. Lu advanced to the final four and fell to Ohio State Alanna Goldie, 15-13, in the semifinals to come away with a bronze finish. That was Lu's final college bout for Columbia.
In her first NCAA Championships, Iman Blow went 19-4, with a +46 indicator, good for 6th place and an All-American nod. She had just one loss on day two.
Senior Mason Speta finished 11-12 overall in women's epee to place 10th and earn honorable mention All-American. She is the only fencer in the class of 2017 to fence in four straight championships.
The Lions are already looking forward to the 2018 NCAA Championships, which will be held on the campus of Penn State University
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Notre Dame - 186
2. Ohio State - 161
3. Columbia - 152
4. Princeton - 145
5. Harvard - 124
Women's final results:
Margaret Lu (21-2)
Iman Blow (19-4)
Katie Angen (8-15)
Mason Speta (11-12)
Lena Johnson (9-14)
Ilana Solomon (7-16)