Raynis, Staller Named All-Americans; Harvard Fencing Still Tied for Fourth at NCAA Championship
Junior Valentin Staller earned his second All-American award Friday (Harvard Athletic Communications).
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Michael Raynis earned All-American status at his first NCAA Championship and junior co-captain Valentin Staller won his second straight All-American nod as the men's competition wrapped up on day two of the championship hosted by Ohio State.
Harvard is still tied for fourth place with the host Buckeyes after two days of competition with 65 total victories across the three weapons. Notre Dame continued to lead the team standings through the championship's second day with 90 points. The women's portion of the competition is set to start Saturday
Raynis wrapped up an impressive 2010-11 rookie collegiate campaign with a sixth-place finish in the men's epee competition, going 14-9 in two days and scoring 85 total touches. Raynis was just two wins outside of participating in the medal rounds for a shot at the individual championship, which was won by St. John's Matt Israelian.
Staller finished ninth in the men's saber event to earn his second consecutive All-American award after finishing sixth at the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championship. Staller grabbed 13 wins and scored 93 touches over the two days of competition.
Sophomore Thomas Kolasa finished 14th in the saber, just one victory outside of All-American status in his first NCAA national championship. Freshman Lucas Lin tied for the final All-American spot in the men's foil with 10 victories, but the other two fencers had better scoring indexes than the rookie, putting him in a final position of 14th.
Women's round robin play begins Saturday and will conclude on Sunday. Watch the opening rounds of the women's competition at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule.