New York, NY— After an eight medal Northeast Regionals this weekend in which the Lions qualified 16 of their 20 fencers at Brandeis, the fencers that will represent Columbia at NCAA Championships are official.
There are three first-years, five fencers that will be making an appearance for the first time, two fencers that will be making their fourth and final trips and three returning All-Americans from last year's squad.
Women's NCAA Representatives
Violet Michel (43-17, 2nd at Regionals)
Lena Johnson '18BC (34-16, 3rd at Regionals)
On the women's side, all 10 regional representatives qualified for NCAAs. In women's sabre, senior Lena Johnson '18BC will return to NCAAs for the fourth and final time after a bronze medal performance this past weekend. The senior posted a 34-16 regular season record with a first-team All Ivy nod. The two-time Honorable Mention All-American will look to close her NCAA fencing career on a high note.
Violet Michel makes her first appearance at NCAAs after earning a silver medal at Northeast Regionals. The sophomore came back focused in her second collegiate season, putting together a 43-17 regular season and first-team All-Ivy selection.
Iman Blow (44-7, 1st at Regionals)
Sylvie Binder (37-6, 2nd at Regionals)
Iman Blow is back at NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season. The junior is coming off Columbia's only gold medal at Northeast Regionals. Last season, Blow went 19-4 at NCAA Championships and earned second-team All-American with a sixth place finish, just a few indicators short of the Final Four. Blow was an outstanding 44-7 in the regular season.
Sylvie Binder represents the only first-year on the women's side at NCAA Championships and it is well deserved. The Ivy League women's foil champion earned a silver medal at regionals and was a stellar 37-6 on the season.
Last year, the women's foil duo of Blow and Margaret Lu '16CC went 40-6 combined at NCAA Championships. Blow and Binder will look to make their own mark as this year's dynamic foil duo.
Katie Angen '18BC (35-15, 3rd at Regionals)
Giana Vierheller(40-8, 6th at Regionals)
In women's epee, just like Johnson, Katie Angen '18BC returns to NCAAs for the fourth and final time. The senior earned a bronze medal at regionals this past weekend. Both Angen and Johnson fenced on the NCAA Championship teams of 2015 & 2016.
Giana Vierheller makes her first NCAA Championship appearance after finishing 6th at Northeast Regionals. The sophomore put together an unheralded regular season boasting a 40-8 record in women's epee.
Men's NCAA Representatives
Sidarth Kumbla (51-16, 3rd at regionals)
Sam Moelis (36-12, 4th at regionals)
Moelis is back at NCAAs after a second team All-American outing last season with a fifth place finish on the national stage. Moelis placed fourth at NCAA Northeast Regionals this weekend and carries a 36-12 record on the year.
Sam is joined by first-year Sidarth Kumbla who put together a 51-16 record in the regular season and got a bronze medal at regionals this past weekend. Kumbla was a first-team All-Ivy selection at Ivy League Championships.
Moelis and Kumbla compete together on the national stage for Team USA and will look to be that same 1-2 punch as they fence together at NCAAs for the first time.
Calvin Liang (30-19, 2nd at regionals)
Dawson Sieradzky (26-14, 5th at regionals)
Liang returns to NCAA Championships for the third consecutive year with a silver medal finish at regionals. Liang was an integral part of the 2016 championship team with an honorable mention All-American performance and will look to set the tone for his first-year counterpart Dawson Sieradzky.
Sieradzky is the second first-year on the men's side, coming off a 5th place finish at regionals. The New Jersey native posted a 26-14 regular season record.
Gabe Canaux (32-18, 5th at regionals)
Porter Hesslegrave (38-30, 7th at regionals)
Gabe Canaux and Porter Hesslegrave are the sole duplicate duo from last year's NCAA squad. Canaux got an Honorable Mention All-American nod at last year's championships. This season, the senior posted a 32-18 regular season record and made his second straight second team All-Ivy.
Hesslegrave will compete at NCAAs for the third consecutive season. The senior was an honorable mention All-American selection when the Lion's won their second straight title in 2016. Hesslegrave earned his first All-Ivy selection this season on the second team.
The Lions will enjoy their spring break this week before the real fun begins next Thursday. The NCAA Championships will take place March 22-25 at Penn State University in University Park, Pa.