State College, Pa. — NCAA Championship week is upon us in the fencing world! Columbia fencing packs up and heads to Penn State University for the 2018 NCAA Championships, which begins this Thursday.
The women's team will take the strip on Thursday and Friday, while the men's fencers will be in action on Saturday and Sunday.
Columbia qualified the maximum of 12 fencers for the fourth consecutive season, along with Notre Dame and Ohio State. No school qualified 11 fencers.
Last season, Columbia placed third at NCAA Championships behind Notre Dame and Ohio State. Before that, Columbia had won back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016.
"Columbia Fencing is hungry for the 2018 title," Head Coach Michael Aufrichtig said. "I feel for the fencers that will have to fence our twelve at the NCAAs."
Seniors Lena Johnson and Katie Angen fenced on both of the championship teams, while Porter Hesslegrave fenced in the most recent title in 2016. Johnson and Angen will be fencing in their fourth consecutive NCAA Championships.
This year, the Lions enter NCAAs with a 46-10 combined record, as the women's team claimed the outright Ivy League title while the men's team won the Ivy Championship with Penn and Harvard.
The Lions bring a balanced group of three first-years, four seniors, and three returning All-Americans from last year's squad.
THURSDAY, MARCH 22
9 a.m. : Women's Foil, rounds 1-3
11 a.m. : Women's Epee, rounds 1-3
1:30 p.m. : Women's sabre, rounds 1-3
FRIDAY, MARCH 23
9 a.m. : Women's Foil / Epee / Sabre, rounds 4-5
1 p.m. : Women's semifinals and championship bouts
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
Women's NCAA Representatives
Violet Michel (43-17, 2nd at Regionals)
Lena Johnson '18BC (34-16, 3rd at Regionals)
Iman Blow (44-7, 1st at Regionals)
Sylvie Binder (37-6, 2nd at Regionals)
Katie Angen '18BC (35-15, 3rd at Regionals)
Giana Vierheller(40-8, 6th at Regionals)
Men's NCAA Representatives
Sidarth Kumbla (51-16, 3rd at regionals)
Sam Moelis (36-12, 4th at regionals)
Calvin Liang (30-19, 2nd at regionals)
Dawson Sieradzky (26-14, 5th at regionals)
Gabe Canaux (32-18, 5th at regionals)
Porter Hesslegrave (38-30, 7th at regionals)
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.