INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Upon the NCAA's announcement on March 12, the Harvard men's and women's fencing squads will send a collective 12 members to the NCAA Championships to vie for the program's second national title after last capturing it in 2006. Fencing action will begin March 21 and continue through the 24th at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
Making the journey to Ohio, Harvard will send two men's and women's fencers from each weapons class. The men will send off epee specialists Albert Chien and Adrien Thein-Sandler, sabre swordsmen Daniel Solomon and Erwin Cai followed by Duncan Rheingans-Yoo and Geoffrey Tourette in foil.
On the women's side, the Crimson will travel first-years Elizabeth Tartakovksy and Veronica Czyzewki in sabre, Cynthia Liu and Natalie Yang in foil and epee specialists Saanchi Kukadia and Shawn Wallace.
Only three other schools will be sending 12 total fencers, No. 1/1 Notre Dame, No. 2/2 Columbia and No. 4/3 Penn State. All events will broadcast on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app throughout the tournament, with highlights of competitions airing on ESPNU on April 3.
How it Works
Over their respective two days, the men and women will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. Each victory counts as one point towards the team total. The top-four finishers in each weapon will vie for individual championships with 15-touch semifinal bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places, and the non-advancing fencers tying for third. The closing rounds do not contribute to the team point's totals. The team title is awarded as a coed team.