Buckeyes celebrate 57th overall national title in school history

COLUMBUS, Ohio The 2008 NCAA champion Ohio State fencing team was honored by the OSU athletics department at a ceremony Tuesday morning in the Varsity O room in Ohio Stadium.

Gene Smith, Ohio State director of athletics, offered his congratulations to head coach Vladimir Nazlymov, the coaching staff and the team for their third overall national title, won in French Field House March 15.

Heather Lyke, associate athletics director, introduced the 12 OSU fencers who competed at the national championships and totaled 185 points for the Buckeyes. Notre Dame finished second with 176.

Nazlymov thanks the athletics department for its support and passed along a thank you from the NCAA for Ohio State’s success in hosting the championships.

2008 marked the first time the fencing national championships had come to Ohio State and the Buckeyes rose the occasion. After the women’s competition during the first two days, Ohio State was ahead of Notre Dame by two points. During the two-day men’s competition, Notre Dame briefly drew even, but the Buckeyes pulled back ahead and clinched the title with about 45 minutes left.

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