March 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio- After rounds 1-3 of women’s competition on Saturday, the Ohio State fencing team is in fourth place at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Alison Miller (sabre) and Mona Shaito (foil) both ended the third round in second place of their respective weapon categories. Overall, the women’s weapon squads notched 57 victories on the day.
Shaito is tied in victories (14) with Lee Kiefer of Notre Dame who currently sits atop the women’s foil leaderboard. Kiefer recorded 74 touches, just three more than Shaito (71). Heading into day two of women’s competition in second place, Shaito has set herself up for a strong run in the final bouts.
Mai Shaito, who joined her sister to make her NCAAs debut in foil, finished in 17th place after the early rounds. Mai notched six victories and 52 touches.
In sabre, Alison Miller paved the way for the Buckeyes by securing another second-place finish in her category. So far, the senior has drastically improved her performance from last year’s 11th-place showing. She finished the early rounds in the Top 4 with 12 victories and 70 touches.
Celina Merza, who is also recording her first appearance at the NCAA championships, finished day one of women’s competition in 12th place in sabre with seven victories.
Reigning national champion Katarzyna Dabrowa finished rounds 1-3 in sixth place in women’s epee. Dabrowa won 10 of 15 bouts. Her 65 touches scored over 51 touches received give her a +14 indicator heading into the final day of competition.
Caroline Piasecka, the final Buckeye competing, secured a 13th-place finish in women’s epee. Piasecka has recorded eight victories overall.
The Buckeyes have a combined men’s and women’s score of 127 putting them in fourth place behind Penn State (138), Notre Dame (139), and Princeton (146).
Rounds 4-5 of all women’s weapon categories will take place Friday with the foil bouts beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET. The women’s semifinals and championships bouts will begin once all pool rounds are complete. Additionally, ESPN3 will stream the women’s late bouts and finals beginning at 2:45 p.m. ET Friday and will re-air on ESPNU along with the men’s finals at 8 p.m. April 2 in an hour-and-a-half special.
2013 NCAA Championships
Through three (of five) pool rounds
17- Mai Shaito