Pictured: Noam Mills (left)
currently sits in first place in the women's epee at the 2010 NCAA
Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After the first day of the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships, Harvard currently ranks fifth with 46 wins. The Crimson earned 17 victories in the women’s epee, 16 in the women’s foil and 13 in the sabre on the day. St. John’s owns a one-point lead on the field with 58 points while Notre Dame is close behind with 57.
Sophomore co-captain Noam Mills leads the women’s epee division with 13 wins through the first day. Mills was undefeated through the first three rounds before dropping a close decision to open the fourth. "It makes me happy that I fenced well today and hopefully it'll keep going tomorrow" said Mills on her performance on the first day.
Mills picked up a crucial victory over Penn State’s Anastasia Ferdman, who defeated Mills in the gold-medal bout at the 2009 NCAA Fencing Championships. Mills commented on the win saying, "It's not any different than any other bout, I just want to win every bout I can."
Mills has accrued 68 touches and owns a +36 rating heading into the second day.
After the first day of action, sophomore co-captain Caroline Vloka of the Harvard women’s fencing team sits in fifth place in the sabre competition with 11 wins. Vloka has recorded 62 touches and sports a +27 rating. Rebecca Ward of Duke leads the field through four rounds with 13 victories.
Senior Artemisha Goldfeder and sophomore Shelby MacLeod have each accumulated eight wins on day one. Both fencers have amassed 49 touches with MacLeod boasting a higher rating to put her in 11th place while Goldfeder sits in 12th. Columbia’s Nicole Ross is in first place with 13 victories through the first four rounds.
Action continues Friday morning with rounds five through seven of the women’s competitions of the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships kicking off at 9:30 a.m. The semifinal bouts will follow the final three rounds of fencing tomorrow and the gold-medal bouts are slated for a 2 p.m. start. The women’s individual awards will be presented immediately following the conclusion of the gold medal bouts.