COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s fencing squads traveled to the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Ill., last weekend to compete in the 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional. The Buckeyes showed their prowess on the strips, claiming 12 Top 5 finishes in the event, putting the Scarlet and Gray in good shape for the NCAA Championships March 25-28 in Boston, Mass.
Junior foilist Oksana Dmytruk was the top finisher on the women’s side, taking first in the foil category in an encore performance of last year’s regional qualifier. Joining her in the top five was Allison Henvick at fourth. Lindsay Knauer and Holly McKibben turned in solid performances in the foil category, finishing at 8th and 12th, respectively.
Alison Miller placed third in women’s sabre, finishing behind a pair of Notre Dame competitors. Margarita Tschomakova took fourth, one spot ahead of teammate Falencia Miller at fifth. Emily Cheng rounded out the top Buckeyes, claiming the eighth spot.
Women’s epee battled with Notre Dame and Northwestern for position, with the three schools combining to take the top ten places. Julia Tikhonova, Mary Pozydaev and Tasha Domashovetz took consecutive finishes at No. 7, 8 and 9, respectively. Elyse Gurnowski finished 12th.
The men had two top finishers in epeeist Bryan Cheney and sabre competitor Igor Tolkachev. Max Stearns came in two spots behind Cheney in epee, finishing third for the second consecutive season. Dexter Wilde and Michael Douville finished 8th and 11th, respectively, in epee.
Joining Tolkachev in sabre, Marco Canevari claimed third, followed by Ognjen Vesic at fifth and Daniel Tafoya at sixth.
Foilist Ben Parkins was the top placer for the Scarlet and Gray at third. Classmate Colin Sutter finished just a spot behind Parkins at fourth. Joe Doherty and Joe Streb rounded out the event for the men, placing 7th and 11th, respectively.
Each team can qualify up to 12 athletes at the Regional Qualifier, with two men and two women each per weapon. Top 5 finishers will receive auto-bids in sabre and epee and Top 4 finishers in foil will receive auto-bids. In addition to the automatic bids, several at-large bids will also be available. At-large selection to the NCAA finals is based on pre-regional “power ranking” (40 percent) and Regional placement (60 percent).