Albert Chien notched a third place finish at the NCAA Regionals(Gil Talbot).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 8 Harvard men's fencing team sent 10 members of the team to compete in the NCAA Regional Championships hosted by Yale on Sunday, March 12.
Eli Dershwitz, Eric Zhao, Philippe Guy and Erwin Cai took the strips for Harvard in the men's sabre category. Dershwitz was first up for the Crimson. In his first round, the sophomore breezed through the competition, recording a 6-0 sweep and a plus-17 touch differential to move onto the second round. Dershwitz continued on his unbeaten streak, recording an additional six wins in the second round, only allotting 14 touches against in his six bouts. Dershwitz moved onto the top-12 with ease, only dropping one bout in the finals. Dershwitz earned the gold medal in men's sabre, finishing the final round with a 10-1 record and a plus-21 touch differential.
Cai also competed in the men's sabre event, tallying a 4-2 mark in the opening round. Cai faced competitors from Yale, NYU, BC and St. John's in the second round of competition, and was able to advance the top-12 with three wins. In the top-12, Cai was able to record five wins and a positive touch variance to finish sixth overall.
Zhao saw action in the men's sabre event, opening the competition with a 4-2 record in the first round. Zhao advanced to the second round and earned three additional wins and a positive touch differential to advance to the top-12. Zhao recorded two wins in the final round of the competition, finishing 12th of 33 fencers.
Guy clinched a win for the Crimson in the opening round.
Harvard sent Matthew Branman, George Haglund, Duncan Rheingans-Yoo and Stephen Mageras to compete in the men's foil. In the opening round, Rheingans-Yoo kicked things off for the Crimson with a 5-1 mark and a plus-10 touch differential. The freshman continued on his winning streak in the second round, recording four additional wins to advance to the final round. Rheingans-Yoo finished the final bouts with five wins, and finished fifth overall.
Branman was up next for the Crimson, sweeping his first round, 6-0 with a plus-22 touch differential. The freshman was paired in the same pool as Rheingans-Yoo in the second round, and earned four wins to advance to the top-11. Branman tallied eight wins and a plus-18 touch differential in the final round, finishing second to Sam Meolis of Columbia.
Haglund opened the competition with a five-win streak over his pool, posting a plus-18 touch differential. In the second round, Haglund paced the Crimson with four additional wins and a positive touch variance to move onto the finals. Haglund registered seven wins in the final bouts of the day and earned a bronze medal.
Mageras also competed for the Crimson in men's foil. Mageras kicked the day off with a 5-0 sweep of his pool, tallying a plus-15 touch differential. In the next round, Mageras notched four additional wins to move to the top-11 with his teammates. Mageras was able to post four wins in the final round of the competition, and ended the weekend in eighth place.
Chien opened his weekend with a 4-2 record in his first round of competition, advancing to the second round. In the second round, Chien faced competitors from Columbia, BC, Vassar, and NYU, posting five wins and a plus-5 touch differential to move onto the top-12. Chien kicked it into high gear in the final bouts of the afternoon, recording seven wins and a positive touch variance to finish with the bronze medal.
The NCAA will release the names of the student-athletes advancing to the NCAA Championships on Tuesday, March 14.