COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women closed out their portion of the 2022 NCAA Championships Friday in South Bend, Ind. As a team, the Buckeyes are in fourth place, and five of the six Ohio state women finished among the Top 12.
Fifth-year senior Camilla Rivano led the way, earning the No. 2 seed in women’s foil to advance to the semifinals, and ultimately finishing tied for third. Junior Julieta Toledo was sixth in saber and her classmate Montserrat Viveros placed seventh in epee. Three Buckeye freshmen were in action, with Yeva Mazur placing 11th in epee, Alina Lee 12th in foil and Eleonore Perrier 17th in saber.
Fencers who finish in the Top 4 earn First Team All-America honors, with those in fifth through eighth named to the second team and the fencers who finish ninth through 12th earn honorable mention recognition.
Day Two (Women’s Rounds 4-5, Semifinals and Finals)
As a team through the first two days of competition, the Buckeyes are in fourth place with 79 victories, behind Notre Dame (102), Princeton (90) and Columbia/Barnard (83).
In her third NCAA championship appearance, fifth-year senior Camilla Rivano placed a career-best tied for third after sixth-place finishes in 2018 and ’19. In the semifinal bout against Notre Dame’s Amita Berthier, Rivano fell 15-11. She was down 7-2 early but battle back to draw within one (10-9). Berthier recorded the next four touches for a 14-9 lead. Rivano posted the next two, but Berthier closed out the bout.
Rivano was the No. 2 seed in women’s foil, as she was 17-6 in the preliminary rounds, with a +41 indicator to rank second among the fencers.
Freshman Alina Lee placed 12th in foil with a 13-10 record and +5 indicator.
In women’s saber, Julieta Toledo was 7-1 on the day, with a +19 indicator. She finished in sixth place with 15 wins in 23 bouts and a +29 indicator. Freshman Eleonore Perrier was 17th in the final standings, picking up eight wins.
Both Buckeyes in women’s epee finished in the Top 12, with each notching 13 wins. Junior Montserrat Viveros placed seventh with a +12 indicator and freshman Yeva Mazur was in 11th, recording a -3 indicator.
Day One (Women’s Round 1-3)
The Buckeyes were in fourth place as a team with 50 wins, behind Notre Dame (65), Princeton (58) and Columbia/Barnard (55).
Individually, the foil duo of Camilla Rivano and Alina Lee led the way Thursday. Rivano, a fifth-year senior, stood in third place. She was 11-4 on the day, with a +34 indicator, the best among all foilists. Lee, a freshman, was in eighth after going 10-5, with a +11 indicator.
In women’s epee, junior Montserrat Viveros was seventh. She was 9-6, with a +10 indicator. Freshman Yeva Mazur was 8-7 and had a -4 indicator.
Julieta Toledo, a junior, was in 10th in women’s saber after posting eight victories and a +10 indicator. Freshman Ele Perrier picked up four wins.
Rivano was the only Buckeye of the six women who had previous NCAA championship experience entering the 2022 event.
Men Up Next
Final team standings are determined by combining men’s and women’s results, with the men set to fence Saturday and Sunday. An institution’s place finish in the championships is based on points earned by each individual. A team is awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes during round-robin competition.
Fencers 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.
For the men, day one Saturday includes three rounds, with epee starting at 9 a.m., foil beginning at 11 a.m. and sabre at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, all three weapons will start competition at 9 a.m., with two rounds remaining. Semifinal and championship bouts are set to begin 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.
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