COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 3 Ohio State women’s fencing team positioned itself to receive the maximum six spots for the NCAA Championships Saturday at the Midwest Regional Qualifier at the RPAC in Columbus. Final spots for the championships will be announced Tuesday.

Each team can qualify up to 12 athletes, with two men and two women each per weapon. Top 5 finishers will receive auto-bids in sabre and epee and Top 4 finishers in foil will receive auto-bids. In addition to the automatic bids, several at-large bids will also be available. At-large selection to the NCAA finals is based on pre-regional “power ranking” (40 percent) and Regional placement (60 percent).

Sophomore Oksana Dmytruk took home top honors in women’s foil, while teammate Lindsay Knauer was the fourth place finisher in foil. Both were a part of the 2007-08 NCAA Championship squad.

Freshman Margarita Tschomakova sealed up an automatic bid to the championships, placing third in women’s sabre, while Falencia Miller and Emily Cheng took fifth and sixth, respectively.

Junior Julia Tikhonova, who switched to epee at the beginning of the season, took fourth in epee. Miriam Baranov finished eighth and Mary Pozydaev took ninth in epee.

For complete results from Saturday’s action, click the link above.

For updates on the men’s action Sunday, stay tuned to the fencing page on Results will be made available throughout the course of the competition.