NEW YORK - Columbia's fencing teams will head to St. John's University in at Carnesecca Arena and Taffner Field House on Sunday, March 10 at 8:30 a.m. to compete in the 2013 NCAA Northeast Regional with potential bids to the NCAA Championships on the line. ESPN3 coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. with recaps of the early action.
Columbia will send ten men and ten women to the qualifiers with a goal of qualifying twelve (maximum) to the NCAA Championships.
Live Action on ESPN3
ESPN3 will begin streaming the event at 3:30 p.m. with highlights of the women's saber, women's epee and men's foil. The women's foil, men's epee and men's saber will be shown live in its entirety. Sid Farooqui will be joined by 2012 U.S. Olympian Dagmara Wozniak in the broadcast.
The Teams: Northeast Region
Columbia will be pitted against several top-10 opponents, including host St. John's, which women's team is ranked No. 5 while the men are locked in a tie with Harvard at No. 3. Harvard also comes in with the No. 7-ranked women's team. The rest of the opponents include Boston College, Brandeis, Brown, CCNY, Cornell, Hunter College, MIT, NYU, Queens College, Sarcred Heart, Tufts, Vassar, Wellesley, Yale and Yeshiva.
Lions in World Cups
Several Columbia fencers will not be partaking in NCAA competition this year due to scheduling conflicts with World Cups. Nzingha Prescod and Margaret Lu, two of Columbia's top women's foilists, are in Talber Germany. Lu made the top 64, while Prescod had a buy into the top-64 as the 10th seed. "Columbia Fencing supports NCAA and World Championships dreams," said Columbia head fencing coach Michael Aufrichtig. "Coming to New York City and going to Columbia is for any serious fencer that has a World Team or Olympic Team Dream. Having such a deep squad allows us to be able support all of our fencers while continuing to be one of the top programs in the NCAA. We will get our 14th NCAA title soon enough!"
Both the men and women's fencing teams finished second overall at the Ivy League Championships. The women's team took to the fencing strips for 162 individual bouts, and won 109, a cool 67%. The men fought 135 bouts, capturing 84, for 62%. The women trailed only defending champion Princeton, while the men finished in a three-way tie for second with the Tigers and Penn, just behind Harvard. The combined second-places by the two Lion teams were Columbia's best since the 2009 squads also netted two seconds.
2013 ALL-IVY LEAGUE
First Team (men): a-Alen Hadzic (Jr., Montclair, N.J.), epee; Brian Ro (Fr., Scarsdale, N.Y.), epee; b-Will Spear (So., Wynantskill, N.Y.), sabre
First Team (women): Jackie Dubrovich (Fr., Riverdale, N.J.), foil; c-Lydia Kopecky (Sr., Chicago, Ill.), epee; Margaret Lu (Fr., Greenwich, Conn.), foil; d-Nzingha Prescod (So., Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Second Team (men): Harry Bergman (Fr., Lebanon, N.J.), foil; Michael Josephs (So., Chevy Chase, Md.), sabre
Second Team (women): e-Essane Diedro (Sr., Freeport, N.Y.), sabre; f-Loweye Diedro (Sr., Freeport, N.Y.), sabre; Natalie Gegan (So., Culver City, Calif.), epee
In the Polls
1. Penn State
2. Notre Dame
T3. St. John's
6. Ohio State
1. Notre Dame
4. Ohio State
5. St. John's
6. Penn State