COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes head to Cleveland, Ohio for the 2019 NCAA Fencing Championships today. The event will be hosted by Cleveland State and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission on Mar. 21-24 at the Wolstein Center. Competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. all four days with the semifinals beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and Sunday. The men will compete Thursday-Friday and the women Saturday-Sunday.
The fencers will compete in a round-robin format and the top four finishers in each of the six weapon categories will have the opportunity to compete in the semifinals. Winning fencers will compete for first and second places and those who do not advance, will be awarded a tie for third place.
The Buckeyes are no stranger to the NCAA Championships. Ohio State has finished in the top five for the past 17 years. The Buckeyes have earned three championship titles (2004, 2008, and 2012). Last year Ohio State placed third overall with Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger securing a first-place finish in men’s epee.
MEET THE COMPETITORS
The Buckeyes have ten fencers competing for their chance to win a national title. Five of the ten Buckeye qualifiers are veterans. For the men, Domenik Koch will be making his third appearance on the NCAA Championship strips. As for the women, Alexanne Verret, Gabriela Cecchini and Camilla Rivano are all returning to compete for a second year. This will be Sarah Merza’s third appearance at this event.
Live results will be available for viewers by clicking on the link listed above. Additionally, the semifinals and finals will be streamed live on ESPN3 and on the WatchESPN app. Tune into ESPNU at 2:30 p.m. ET on April 3 to watch the NCAA Fencing Championship semifinals, finals and event highlights.
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