State College, Pa. — Iman Blow is an NCAA Champion!
The junior defeated Notre Dame's Sabrina Massialas in the final, 15-13, to take home the top prize. Blow becomes the 36th individual NCAA Champion in Columbia history, and the first since Jake Hoyle won the men's epee title in 2016. She is the first women's fencer to win an individual title since Nicole Ross won the foil championship in 2010, and just the third women's foil NCAA Champion in Columbia history.
Blow dropped a total of three bouts in two days of team competition, punching her ticket to the semi-final round as the number one seed with an outstanding 20-3 record.
Sylvie Binder earned a spot in the women's foil final four as well with a fourth place mark and 17-6 record in her first-ever NCAA Championships. The first-year fell to Blow in the semi-final to finish tied for third, and earn a first-team All-American nod. Binder was the individual Ivy League women's foil champion, and now adds a first team All-American selection to her resume.
Columbia sits in third place in the team standings, as the womens contributions to the team total were completed today.
Katie Angen finished her final NCAA Championships with a 16-7 record, finishing in fifth place individually to earn a second team All-American selection. Angen was just two touches scored away from making the semi-final round. This is Angen's first All-American nod. Angen and sophomore Giana Vierheller added 26 wins to Columbia's team score in women's epee.
Lena Johnson completed her fourth NCAA Championships with a 9th place finish at 13-10 to earn an Honorable Mention All-America nod. The women's sabre duo of Johnson and first-year Violet Michel contributed 23 wins to the team score.
The men's competition begins tomorrow, starting with men's foil at 9 a.m. Columbia has ground to pick up in the team standings tomorrow as they sit 9 points back of first place Notre Dame.
1. Notre Dame - 95
2. Penn State - 89
3. Columbia - 86
Women's Final Results
1. Iman Blow- 20-3
T-3. Sylvie Binder - 17-6
5. Katie Angen- 16-7
13. Giana Vierheller 10-13
9. Lena Johnson - 13-10 (Honorable Mention All-American)
16. Violet Michel 10-13
SATURDAY, MARCH 24
9 a.m. : Men's Foil, rounds 1-3
11 a.m. : Men's Epee, rounds 1-3
1:30 p.m. : Men's sabre, rounds 1-3
SUNDAY, MARCH 25
9 a.m. : Men's Foil / Epee / Sabre, rounds 4-5
1 p.m. : Men's semifinals and championship bouts
ABOUT THE NCAA NATIONAL COLLEGIATE FENCING CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2018 NCAA Fencing Championships will take place at Penn State University from March 22-25.
Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top-four finishers in each weapon will fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places, and the non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place.
An institution’s place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.
A live feed of the semifinal and final bouts will be available on ESPN3 or via the WatchESPN app.
Live results from each round of action will be available throughout the entire weekend as well by clicking here.