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NCAA Championships Return to Penn State This Weekend

03/25/2021, 12:30am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Just days after the field was announced for the 2020 NCAA Championships, COVID-19 brought the world to a halt.

This weekend, the NCAA Fencing Championships will be held for the first time since 2019 with 144 athletes representing 19 schools during the four-day event at Penn State which begins on Thursday and continues through Sunday.

NCAA Championships Results
NCAA Championships Live Stream

Thursday, March 25
Men’s Pool Rounds 1-3

Friday, March 26
Men’s Pool Rounds 4-5
Men’s Semifinals and Finals

Saturday, March 27
Women’s Pool Rounds 1-3

Sunday, March 28
Women’s Pool Rounds 4-5
Women’s Semifinals and Finals

Each athlete will fence 23 individual five-touch bouts over the course of a grueling two days with the top four athletes advancing to the semifinals which features a 15-touch direct elimination bracket.

With the Ivy League not holding competition for winter sports, the door is open for both individual and team titles.

Even with a reduced number of schools fielding teams, just three universities qualified full squads.

The 2021 NCAAs is guaranteed to have six first-time champions in the individual event as only three athletes out of the field have previously stood on the podium at all and none have won individual gold.

Penn State made the best of the home advantage, repeating their 12 qualifiers from 2012. The Nittany Lions have won 13 NCAA team championships since the men’s and women’s team events were combined in 1990 with their last team title coming in 2014.

Penn State’s lineup is led by senior saber fencer Zara Moss (Cranberry Township, Pa. / Advance Fencing and Fitness Academy), a 2018 Junior World team silver medalist who won silver in her first two NCAA campaigns and was among the fencers to watch for gold before the tournament was cancelled last year.

A 2019 Junior World team silver medalist in epee, Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas / Alliance Fencing Academy) won the Mid-Atlantic / South Regional to qualify for the 2020 NCAAs as a freshman. Now, Piskovatskov is looking to pick up where he left off and potentially bring Penn State its first men’s epee title since Daniel Landgren (Newton, Mass.) won gold in 2000.

Three of Notre Dame’s six team titles have come within the last decade with wins in 2011, 2017 and 2018 with the Irish earning at least one individual title in nine of the last 10 years.

Although two-time NCAA Champion Nick Itkin (Los Angeles, Calif. / Los Angeles International Fencing Center) will be fencing for an Olympic berth at the Doha Foil Grand Prix this weekend, Notre Dame’s lineup includes six former Junior and Cadet World team members, including five medalists. Ari Simmons (Bellaire, Texas / Alliance Fencing Academy), a 2013 Cadet World Champion in epee, won bronze at the 2017 and 2018 NCAAs and took an Olympic redshirt for the 2020 season. One of his challengers will come in 2019 Junior World team silver medalist Stephen Ewart (Lancaster, Calif. / Swords Fencing Studio) who is aiming for his firsts NCAA podium finish.

All of Notre Dame’s men’s and women’s foil qualifiers are former Junior and Cadet World Team members as well, including three Cadet World medalists. Amita Berthier (SIN / Bluegrass Fencers’ Club) won Cadet World bronze as a freshman in 2019 – just two years after winning bronze at the 2017 Cadet Worlds and earned bronze as a freshman at the 2019 NCAAs. Stefani Deschner (Mechanicsville, Va. / Bluegrass Fencers’ Club), an individual and team bronze medalist at the 2016 Cadet Worlds, qualified for her first NCAAs as a junior last year and comes in as the 2020 ACC Champion. In the men’s foil event, Itkin’s shoes are being filled by his former U.S. Junior National teammates Marcello Olivares (Cooper City, Fla. / Bluegrass Fencers’ Club), a 2018 Cadet World silver medalist, and 2020 Junior World Team member Andrew Machovec (East Rockaway, N.Y. / East Coast Fencing Club) Both Olivares and Machovec will be making their NCAA debuts.

For the first time in the program’s history, the University of California San Diego qualified a full roster of 12 fencers to the NCAAs. While eight members of the UCSD are competing at the event for the first time, men’s epee fencer Ziad Khayat (San Jose, Calif. / East Bay Fencers Gym) will be one of the ones to watch as a seventh place finisher at the 2019 NCAAs. Ben Hadler (San Francisco, Calif. / San Francisco Fencers Club) earned Third Team All-America status as a freshman in foil in 2019 and will be back for more.

Weapon LName FName School Region
Men's Epee Cha Russell Air Force West
Men's Epee Han Matthew Air Force West
Men's Epee Gaidar Daniel Boston College Northeast
Men's Epee Smith Will Boston College Northeast
Men's Epee Steele De'Mario Cleveland State Midwest
Men's Epee Arias Julio Drew University Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Epee James Edward Drew University Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Epee Post Jason Duke University Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Epee Benavides Brandon Incarnate Word West
Men's Epee Petrosewicz Thomas Incarnate Word West
Men's Epee Hillyer Rourke NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Epee Hondor Robert NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Epee Merchant Reza North Carolina Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Epee Shugart Henry North Carolina Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Epee Ewart Stephen Notre Dame Midwest
Men's Epee Simmons Ariel Notre Dame Midwest
Men's Epee Griffiths Ryan Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Epee Piskovatskov Jonathan Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Epee Kapitzke Troy Sacred Heart Northeast
Men's Epee Silver Cameron Sacred Heart Northeast
Men's Epee Vaysberg Nathan St. John's Northeast
Men's Epee Khayat Ziad UC San Diego West
Men's Epee Markota Vedran UC San Diego West
Men's Epee Dinkins Ramadan Wayne State Midwest
Men's Foil Levin Nestor Air Force West
Men's Foil Peter Griffin Air Force West
Men's Foil Huang Bin Boston College Northeast
Men's Foil Reid Clayton Boston College Northeast
Men's Foil Di'Venti Paul Cleveland State Midwest
Men's Foil DeSando Michael Drew University Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Foil Hossfeld Finn Duke University Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Foil Rushing Brycen Duke University Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Foil Ruffner Blake Incarnate Word West
Men's Foil Thayer Jake Incarnate Word West
Men's Foil Candescu Cristian NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Foil Manley Thomas NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Foil Mulligan James North Carolina Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Foil Machovec Andrew Notre Dame Midwest
Men's Foil Olivares Marcello Notre Dame Midwest
Men's Foil Bicego Sebastiano Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Foil Borowiak Arwen Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Foil Colon Cesar St. John's Northeast
Men's Foil Tarasiewicz Maxime St. John's Northeast
Men's Foil Hadler Benjamin UC San Diego West
Men's Foil Song Lawrence UC San Diego West
Men's Foil Pitcher Skylar Wayne State Midwest
Men's Foil Tan Lawrence Sacred Heart Northeast
Men's Foil Badrigian William Drew University Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Sabre Goode Matthew Air Force West
Men's Sabre Nikolai William Air Force West
Men's Sabre Kuldell Spencer Boston College Northeast
Men's Sabre Meng Bolang Boston College Northeast
Men's Sabre Moskowitz Mason Cleveland State Midwest
Men's Sabre Rampazzo Luca Drew University Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Sabre Kim Stephen Duke University Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Sabre Kitsiriboon Soravit Duke University Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Sabre Ganta Vijay Sacred Heart Northeast
Men's Sabre D'Orazio Joey NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Sabre Petway Justin NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Sabre Mulvaney Alec North Carolina Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Sabre Rabinowitz Benjamin North Carolina Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Sabre Linder Luke Notre Dame Midwest
Men's Sabre Smith Jared Notre Dame Midwest
Men's Sabre Farfan- Bayerl Inti Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Sabre Perrier Clement Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Sabre Bartolo Domenic Sacred Heart Northeast
Men's Sabre Dreitlein Eric Drew University Mid-Atlantic/South
Men's Sabre Walker Dalton St. John's Northeast
Men's Sabre Park Donghwan Stanford West
Men's Sabre Cho Justin UC San Diego West
Men's Sabre Park Justin UC San Diego West
Men's Sabre Zau Calvin Stanford West
Women's Epee Agob Nicole Air Force West
Women's Epee Ratzlaff Jocelyn Air Force West
Women's Epee Boden Laura Boston College Northeast
Women's Epee Provance Amanda Cleveland State Midwest
Women's Epee Lurye Sarah Duke University Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Epee Peceli Juliana Incarnate Word West
Women's Epee Fekete Laura Long Island Northeast
Women's Epee Arrese Marina NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Epee Pawlowska Dominika NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Epee Haskel Darby North Carolina Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Epee Parker Allegra North Carolina Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Epee Bindas Blodwen Northwestern Midwest
Women's Epee Falinska Julia Northwestern Midwest
Women's Epee Grady Miriam Notre Dame Midwest
Women's Epee Hsieh Kaylin Notre Dame Midwest
Women's Epee Chorniy Kateryna Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Epee Wasiak Axelle Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Epee Gavrilko Nicole St. John's Northeast
Women's Epee Hanson Lucy Boston College Northeast
Women's Epee Yeu Irene Stanford West
Women's Epee Calderaro Margherita Temple Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Epee Park Sarah Temple Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Epee Brooks Tean UC San Diego West
Women's Epee Zmurk Emma UC San Diego West
Women's Foil Guo Kaitlyn Air Force West
Women's Foil Yeh Samantha Boston College Northeast
Women's Foil Seeberg Shelbie Cleveland State Midwest
Women's Foil Ferrari Christina Duke University Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Foil Tang Louise Duke University Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Foil Rebchunovska Oleksandra Incarnate Word West
Women's Foil McDonald Alexandra Johns Hopkins Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Foil Szántay Anna Long Island Northeast
Women's Foil Almodovar Paloma NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Foil Hunt Tarleton North Carolina Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Foil Molloy Aubrey North Carolina Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Foil Banbury Justine Northwestern Midwest
Women's Foil Biasco Anna Northwestern Midwest
Women's Foil Berthier Amita Notre Dame Midwest
Women's Foil Deschner Stefani Notre Dame Midwest
Women's Foil Bicego Lodovica Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Foil Catantan Samantha Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Foil Petrides Florentia Sacred Heart Northeast
Women's Foil Pappone Arianna St. John's Northeast
Women's Foil Koo Haley Stanford West
Women's Foil Novoseltseva Elizabeth Temple Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Foil Yankovskiy Anastasia Temple Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Foil Kuen Erica UC San Diego West
Women's Foil Masui Konami UC San Diego West
Women's Sabre Kim Catherine Air Force West
Women's Sabre Hone Katarina Boston College Northeast
Women's Sabre Lawlor Gillian Boston College Northeast
Women's Sabre Pichola Dorian Cleveland State Midwest
Women's Sabre Gorman Alexandra Duke University Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Sabre Zegers Anneke Duke University Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Sabre Seck Chejsa-Kaili Long Island Northeast
Women's Sabre Berczy Dorottya NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Sabre Sehic Cassandra NJIT Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Sabre Parker Abigail North Carolina Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Sabre Somfelean Clara North Carolina Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Sabre Hoffman Ilsa Northwestern Midwest
Women's Sabre Miller Sky Northwestern Midwest
Women's Sabre Greenbaum Atara Notre Dame Midwest
Women's Sabre Linder Kara Notre Dame Midwest
Women's Sabre Moss Zara Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Sabre Wozniak Kelli Penn State Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Sabre Kaleta Karolina St. John's Northeast
Women's Sabre Potz-Nagy Fanni St. John's Northeast
Women's Sabre Yun Joy Stanford West
Women's Sabre Hinds Eva Temple Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Sabre Turner Zoe Temple Mid-Atlantic/South
Women's Sabre Aboudaher Janna UC San Diego West
Women's Sabre Hill Julia UC San Diego West

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