COLUMBUS, Ohio With three days of the 2009 NCAA Championships in State College, Pa., now in the books, the Ohio State fencing team will face an uphill climb on Day Four as they look to capture back-to-back national titles.

The Buckeyes entered the day trailing by five to host Penn State, a lead the Nittany Lions advanced to 15 after the first day of women’s competition. Notre Dame sits in second place, just on point ahead of Ohio State.

Sophomore Oksana Dmytruk won 13 matches on Saturday, good for second in women’s foil. The fight for the four-person medal round in foil will be tough, however, as three competitors sit behind her with 12 wins, while another has 11. Teammate Lindsay Knauer picked up 6 wins of her own in foil.

Freshman Margarita Tschomakova enjoyed a solid first day of competition, winning 10 duels in women’s sabre and sits in sixth place, just two spots out of the medal round. Falencia Miller picked up eight wins in sabre, good for 10th in sabre.

Julia Tikhonova and Miriam Baranov rounded out action for the Buckeyes in epee, where Tikhonova sits in 15th with five wins, while Baranov is 18th with four.

The Ohio State women finish up the 2009 NCAA Championships tomorrow with the remainder of the qualifying rounds and the medal rounds.

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