March 23, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State fencing team finished fourth after the final day of competition, Sunday, at the 2014 NCAA Fencing Championships, hosted by Ohio State.
In the final day of competition, men’s epee was an intense battle for the semi-final spots, with Kristian Boyadzhiev narrowly missing qualifying, landing fifth place with 14 victories and 89 touches. Freshman Iñaki de Guzman, the second half of the Buckeye epee duo, finished 21st with eight victories and 76 touches.
In men’s foil, Zain Shaito finished in sixth place with 14 victories and 97 touches with a +18 indicator. Chris Colley jumped six spots between the fourth and fifth rounds to end in 15th place, with nine victories and 68 touches scored.
Eight of the 12 Buckeyes competing are projected to receive All-American honors. Alanna Goldie received First Team All-American accolades with her third place finish in women’s foil. Mona Shaito, fifth in women’s foil, Alexa Antipas, sixth in women’s sabre, Zain Shaito, sixth in men’s foil, and Kristian Boyadzhiev, fifth in men’s epee, all received Second Team All-American honors. Fares Arfa, ninth in men’s sabre, Celina Merza, ninth in women’s sabre, and Caroline Piasecka, 11th in women’s epee, were All-American honorable mentions.
All-American honors are given by the United States Fencing Association to athletes based on performance at the event. The Top-4 make First Team All-American, while the fencers ranked fourth through eighth earn Second Team All-American honors and fencers ranked ninth through 12th earn All-American honorable mentions.
Overall, the Buckeyes tallied 149 victories to finish behind St. John’s (156), Princeton (159) and champion Penn State (180). The Scarlet and Gray tallied 1017 touches with a +57 indicator. This marks the 13th year of consecutive Top-5 finishes at the NCAA Championships.
2014 NCAA Championships