March 23, 2022

Buckeye Fencers Head to NCAA Championships

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Twelve members of the Ohio State fencing program are headed to South Bend, Ind., for the 2022 NCAA Championships. The women will compete Thursday and Friday, with the men competing Saturday and Sunday. Individual champions will be crowned in men’s and women’s epee, foil and sabre, with team standings determined by combining men’s and women’s results.

At the championships, fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After round-robin, the Top 4 finishers in each weapon will fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with winners fencing to determine first and second places and non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place. An institution’s place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes during round-robin competition.

Thursday and Saturday, epee will start at 9 a.m., with foil beginning at 11 a.m. and sabre at 1:30 p.m. All three weapons are slated to start at 9 a.m. Friday and Sunday, with semifinal and championship bouts beginning at 1:30 p.m. The six semifinal bouts will be fenced on one strip, sequentially in order of epee, foil, sabre. Finals bouts will follow after semifinals, in the same order. Preliminary bouts will be in the North Dome of the Joyce Center, while semifinal and championships bouts will be on the arena floor in Purcell Pavilion.

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The Buckeye Qualifiers

Ohio State qualified the maximum 12 fencers – two in each weapon, per gender – to the 2022 NCAA Championships. The group includes four freshmen, three sophomores, three juniors, a senior and a fifth-year senior. Six of the dozen qualified for previous NCAA Championships, but only Camilla Rivano and Roscoe Swartz have experience at the NCAA final site; the others qualified in 2020 before the championships were canceled.

  • Women’s Epee
    • Montserrat Viveros (Jr., Asuncion, Paraguay) – Two-time NCAA qualifier; finished fourth at 2022 NCAA Regionals; 2022 Second Team All-CCFC; 2020 First Team All-American
    • Eva Mazur (Fr., Khmelnitsky, Ukraine) – Finished fifth at this year’s NCAA Regionals; 2022 First Team All-CCFC
  • Women’s Foil
    • Alina Lee (Fr., Dublin, Calif.) – Finished fifth at NCAA Regionals this year; 2022 First Team All-CCFC
    • Camilla Rivano (Fifth year, Rapallo, Italy) – Four-time NCAA qualifier; Two sixth-place finishes at NCAA Championships (2018, ’19); Gold medalist at 2022 NCAA Regionals; 2022 First Team All-CCFC; Three-time Second Team All-American
  • Women’s Sabre
    • Ele Perrier (Fr., Marseille, France) – Finished sixth at NCAA Regionals this year
    • Julieta Toledo (Jr., Tijuana, Mexico) – Two-time NCAA qualifier; Bronze medalist at 2022 NCAA Regionals; 2016 Rio Olympian; 2022 First Team All-CCFC; 2020 First Team All-American
  • Men’s Epee
    • Bence Bende (Jr., Gyöngyösfalu, Hungary) – Two-time NCAA qualifier; Earned bronze at 2022 NCAA Regionals; 2020 First Team All-American
    • Gabriel Feinberg (Fr., Lincoln, Mass.) – Fourth place at NCAA Regionals this year; 2022 First Team All-CCFC
  • Men’s Foil
    • Diego Cervantes (So., Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico) – Two-time NCAA qualifier; Bronze medalist at 2022 NCAA Regionals; 2020 Tokyo Olympian; 2022 First Team All-CCFC; 2020 Honorable Mention All-American
    • Edriss Ndiaye (So., Rockville, Md.) – Finished fifth at NCAA Regionals this year; 2022 First Team All-CCFC
  • Men’s Sabre
    • Roscoe Swartz (Sr., Ridgewood, N.J.) – Three-time NCAA qualifier; Bronze medalist at 2022 NCAA Regionals; 2022 First Team All-CCFC; 2020 First Team All-American; Placed 18th at 2019 NCAA Championships
    • Nolan Williams (So., Watchung, N.J.) – Fourth place at NCAA Regionals this season; 2022 First Team All-CCFC

Ohio State NCAA History

  • Ohio State won combined NCAA team titles in 2004, 2008 and 2012 and the men’s national crown in 1942. The squad finished as runner-up in 2005, 2016 and ’17.
  • Buckeyes have also claimed 17 individual titles – four in men’s epee, one in women’s epee, seven in men’s foil, two in women’s foil and three in men’s sabre.
  • The last Ohio State champions were Oliver Shindler in men’s epee in 2019 (a year after Marc-Antoine Blais-Belanger in 2018), current associate head coach Katarzyana Dabrowa in women’s epee in 2012, Maximillien Chastanet in men’s foil in 2016, Eleanor Harvey in women’s foil in 2016 and Adam Crompton in men’s sabre (2003, ’04 and ’06).
  • Ohio State finished sixth in 2019 in its most recent NCAA team appearance.
  • Women’s championships started in 1982 and the first combined championship was in 1984.
  • This is the second time in three years Ohio State has qualified the maximum 12 fencers. Ohio State is one of four schools to have 12 fencers selected this year, joining Columbia, Notre Dame and Princeton.

The Buckeyes This Season

  • The Buckeye women were 29-8 in duals this year, with the men 27-6.
  • Ohio State had a near-sweep of the Central Collegiate Fencing Championships titles, claiming the men’s and women’s team championships and the men’s and women’s sabre and foil squad trophies, along with the men’s epee championship.