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NCAA Champions to be Crowned at Brandeis University This Weekend

03/24/2016, 11:15am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Athletes from 24 colleges and universities from the University of California at San Diego and Harvard to Columbia and Duke will compete at the NCAA Fencing Championships at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. this weekend.

Competition will begin on Thursday and conclude on Sunday with the women’s titles being awarded on Friday and the men’s on Sunday.

The semi and final rounds for both men and women will be streamed live on at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time on Friday for the women’s events and Sunday for the men’s rounds.

Click here to view the entrants lists and live results.

Known to be one of the most grueling events in fencing, competitors will fence their opponents in a 24-person round-robin pool with the top four fencers advancing to a direct elimination round where the scores shift from five to 15-touch bouts. The last person standing will be crowned the individual NCAA Champion in each of the three weapons for men and women.

Meanwhile, teams will be vying for the NCAA title with each athlete scoring points for his or her school for each pool bout win.

Columbia University – Barnard College won the team title last year and has qualified a full team of 12 fencers this year. The team features nine of the 12 fencers from the 2015 squad, including epee fencer Jake Hoyle (Wallingford, Pa.) who gold as a junior last year.

Four schools qualified the maximum of 12 fencers with Columbia being joined by Princeton, St. John’s and Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are aiming to bring the team title back to South Bend for the first time since 2011 with a squad that includes two-time Junior World team saber medalist Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.) who won NCAAs as a freshman in 2015. Princeton won the 2013 NCAA title and the Tigers' lineup includes 2015 NCAA silver medalist Jack Hudson (GBR / epee) as well as former Junior World team medalists Gracie Stone (Chicago, Ill. / saber) and Michael Dudey (Bellaire, Texas / foil). St. John’s will be seeking to win its first NCAA team title since 2001 when the Red Storm was led by future Olympians Keeth Smart (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Ivan Lee (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

In addition to Russo, the field in Massachusetts includes three former individual NCAA Champions. Penn State's men's saber duo of Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.), a two-time Junior World team medalist, and his 2013 Junior World teammate Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif.) won the NCAA golds in 2015 and 2014, respectively. Three-time Junior World saber medalist Adrienne Jarocki (Middle Village, N.Y.) followed her impressive freshman debut title win with a bronze in 2015.

While the NCAA field includes a number of former Junior World Team members, four athletes this year will go from fencing for gold for their colleges to fencing for gold for Team USA when the Junior World Championships begin in Bourges, France on April 5.

A pair of Notre Dame foil fencers with famous fencing last names will be looking to follow in their siblings’ footsteps as freshman at their first NCAAs. Two-time Junior World team medalist Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif. / Notre) won the ACC Championships as a freshman last month and an NCAA title would allow her to add a third title to the family trophy case as her older brother, Alex Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) won NCAAs as a freshman in 2013 and junior in 2015 for Stanford. The elder Massialas is taking an Olympic redshirt this season and will return to Stanford in the fall after competing at his second Olympic Games in Rio. Axel Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.), a 2014 Junior World team medalist, also won ACCs as a freshman this year. Kiefer’s older sister, Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.), won the last three NCAA Championships for Notre Dame and is also taking the year off to focus on training for her second Olympic Games before returning to Notre Dame in the fall.

St. John’s sophomore Curtis McDowald (Jamaica, N.Y.) qualified for his first Junior World Team this year after an outstanding season in which he won bronze in the Division I event at the January North American Cup and gold as a junior at the November NAC.

New York University freshman Grant Williams (Atlanta, Ga.) also qualified for his first Junior World Team earlier this month after earning a top-eight result at the Junior Pan American Championships in the men’s saber event.

The complete list of athletes fencing at the NCAA Championships is as follows:

Men’s Epee
Peter Wetzel (Germantown, Tenn. / Boston College)
Simon Jones (Louisville, Colo. / Brown University)
Jake Hoyle (Wallingford, Pa. / Columbia University – Barnard College)
Porter Hesslegrave (Los Angeles, Calif. / Columbia University – Barnard College)
Bryn Hammarberg (Maplewood, N.J. / Duke University)
Eduardo Ezcurra (ESP / New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Hans Engel (New York City, N.Y. / New York University)
Conor Shepard (Colleyville, Texas / Penn State University)
Patrick August (Las Vegas, Nev. / Penn State University)
Alex House (Upton, Mass. / Princeton University)
Jack Hudson (GBR / Princeton University)
Romain Cannone (FRA / Sacred Heart University)
Curtis McDowald (Jamaica, N.Y. / St. John’s University)
Yevgeniy Karyuchenko (UKR / St. John’s Unifversity)
Sean Strong (Goleta, Calif. / Stanford University)
Tristen Krueger (Stanford, Calif. / Stanford University)
Lewis Weiss (Houston, Texas / Ohio State University)
Marc-Antoine Blais-Belanger (CAN / Ohio State University)
Garrett McGrath (Maricopa, Ariz. / University of Notre Dame)
Darius Zacharakis (Houston, Texas / University of Notre Dame)
Justin Yoo (La Verne, Calif. / University of Pennsylvania)
Zsombor Garzo (HUN / University of Pennsylvania)
Alexander Sless (San Antonio, Texas / University of the Incarnate Word)
Skyler Chin (New Hyde Park, N.Y. / Yale University)

Men’s Foil
Aaron Ahn (Los Angeles, Calif. / University of Pennyslvania)
Adam Mathieu (Union City, N.J. / Columbia University – Barnard College)
Harrison Bergman (Lebanon, N.J. / Columbia University – Barnard College)
Michael Woo (Wayne, N.J. / Harvard University)
Stephen Mageras (Darien, Conn. / Harvard University)
Nathan Schlesinger (Austin, Texas / Lawrence University)
Henrique Marques (BRA / New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Simon Rizell (SWE / New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Daniel Sconzo (Merrick, N.Y. / New York University)
Philip Shin (New York, N.Y. / New York University)
Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif. / Penn State University)
Howie Ho Yin Chan (HKG / Penn State University)
Thomas Dudey (Bellaire, Texas / Princeton University)
Michael Dudey (Bellaire, Texas / Princeton University)
Tyler Endee (Jackson, N.J. / Sacred Heart University)
Andras Nemeth (HUN / St. John’s University)
Michele Caporizzi (ITA / St. John’s University)
Darren Mei (Redwood City, Calif. / Stanford University)
Stas Sudilovsky (ISR / Ohio State University)
Maximilien Chastanet (FRA / Ohio State University)
David Hadler (San Francisco, Calif. / University of California – San Diego)
Axel Kiefer (Lexington, Ky. / University of Notre Dame)
Virgile Collineau (FRA / University of Notre Dame)
Raymond Chen (Dallas, Texas / University of Pennsylvania)

Men’s Saber
Calvin Liang (Chandler, Ariz. / Columbia University – Barnard College)
Geoffrey Loss (Laguna Beach, Calif. / Columbia University – Barnard College)
Pascual Di Tella (ARG / Duke University)
Charles Copti (Wyckoff, N.J. / Duke University)
Alexander Ryjik (Alexandria, Va. / Harvard University)
Greg Puccio (Warren, N.J. / New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Grant Williams (Atlanta, Ga. / New York University)
Mikolaj Bak (Linden, N.J. / New York University)
Andrew Mackiewiz (Westwood, Mass. / Penn State University)
Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif. / Penn State University)
Eddie Chin (Livingston, N.J. / Princeton University)
Peter Pak (Roslyn, N.Y. / Princeton University)
Roman Sydorenko (UKR / St. John’s University)
Ferenc Valkai (HUN / St. John’s University)
Jeffrey Dalli (San Carlos, Calif. / Stanford University)
Fares Arfa (CAN / Ohio State University)
Hector Florencia (MEX / Ohio State University)
Drew Dickinson (El Dorado Hills, Calif. / University of California – San Diego)
Jonathan Fitzgerald (East Brunswick, N.J. / University of Notre Dame)
Jonah Shainberg (Rye, N.Y. / University of Notre Dame)
Shaul Gordon (CAN / University of Pennsylvania)
Raphael Van Hoffelen (GBR / University of Pennsylvania)
Walter Musgrave (Escondido, Calif. / Yale University)

Women’s Epee
Renee Bichette (Winter Park, Fla. / Boston College)
Katie Angen (New York City, N.Y. / Columbia University – Barnard College)
Mason Speta (Chicago, Ill. / Columbia University – Barnard College)
Victoria Wines (Mahopac, N.Y. / Cornell University)
Isabella Barna (Bend, Ore. / Duke University)
Shawn Wallace (Rye, N.Y. / Harvard University)
Sharon Ra (New York City, N.Y. / Harvard University)
Julia Garcia (ESP / New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Juliana Barrett (New York City, N.Y. / Northwestern University)
Courtney Dumas (Shaker Heights, Ohio / Northwestern University)
Jessie Radanovich (Tollhouse, Calif. / Penn State University)
Jessica O’Neill-Lyublinsky (North Salem, N.Y. / Penn State University)
Isabel Ford (Salem, Ore. / Princeton University)
Charlene Liu (Bridgewater, N.J. / Princeton University)
Veronika Zuikova (EST / St. John’s University)
Ally Ryf (Houston, Texas / St. John’s University)
Belinda Mo (Irvine, Calif. / Stanford University)
Chantel Yang (East Northport, N.Y. / Stanford University)
Jessica Hall (Parsippany, N.J. / Temple University)
Safa Ibrahim (Bronx, N.Y. / Temple University)
Eugenia Falqui (ITA / Ohio State University)
Emma von Dadelszen (CAN / Ohio State University)
Catherine Lee (Elizabethtown, Ky. / University of Notre Dame)
Madeline Antekeier (Houston, Texas / University of Notre Dame)

Women’s Foil
Jackie Dubrovich (Riverdale, N.J. / Columbia University – Barnard College)
Sara Taffel (New York City, N.Y. / Columbia University – Barnard College)
Ediona Sera (Williston Park, Ky. / Cornell University)
Kristen Coury (Far Hills, N.J. / Duke University)
Liana Semel (NZL / Harvard University)
MacKenzie Lawrence (Leawood, Kans. / Harvard University)
Jule Shigihara (GER / New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Jennifer Yamin (Evanston, Ill. / Northwestern University)
Ashley Tsue (Overland Park, Kans. / Princeton University)
Taylor Chin (Cupertino, Calif. / Princeton University)
Marta Hausman (POL / St. John’s University)
Irene Spezzamonte (ITA / St. John’s University)
Demitria Antipas (Stonybrook, N.Y. / Temple University)
Alanna Goldie (CAN / Ohio State University)
Eleanor Harvey (CAN / Ohio State University)
Mary McElwee (San Francisco, Calif. / U.S. Air Force Academy)
Sophia Holmqvist (Upper Saddle River, N.J. / University of California – San Diego)
Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif. / University of Notre Dame)
Nicole McKee (Valley Stream, N.Y. / University of Notre Dame)
Simone Unwalla (Great Falls, Va. / University of Pennsylvania)
Zuzanna Sobczak (POL / Wayne State University)
Katarzyna Lachman (POL / Wayne State University)
Jenny Zhao (CAN / Yale University)

Women’s Saber
Lena Johnson (Peachtree City, Ga. / Columbia University – Barnard College)
Anastasia Ivanoff (Los Angeles, Calif. / Columbia University – Barnard College)
Zoee D’Costa (Skillman, N.J. / Cornell University)
Haley Fisher (Kennesaw, Ga. / Duke University)
Adrienne Jarocki (Middle Village, N.Y. / Harvard University)
Aliya Itzkowitz (GBR / Harvard University)
Alisha Gomez (Evanston, Ill / Northwestern University)
Teodora Kakhiani (GEO / Penn State University)
Kathryn Carpin (East Setauket, N.Y. / Penn State University)
Gracie Stone (Chicago, Ill. / Princeton University)
Desirae Major (Broomfield, Colo. / Princeton University)
Julia Greene (Califon, N.J. / Sacred Heart University)
Mathilda Taharo (FRA / St. John’s University)
Margaret McDonald (Atlanta, Ga. / St. John’s University)
Carly Weber-Levine (Old Field, N.Y. / Stanford University)
Petra Khan (Beaverton, Ore. / Temple University)
Alexa Antipas (Stonybrook, N.Y. / Ohio State University)
Leanne Singleton-Comfort (Marysville, Calif. / University of California – San Diego)
Meredith Bozentka (Newtown Square, Pa. / University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)
Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J. / University of Notre Dame)
Tara Hassett (Beaverton, Ore. / University of Notre Dame)
Arabella Uhry (New York City, N.Y. / University of Pennsylvania)
Patrycja Palczynska (POL / Wayne State University)
Joanna Lew (Durham, N.C. / Yale University)

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