March 15, 2022

Full Buckeye Contingent Selected for NCAA Championships


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State fencing program will send the maximum 12 fencers to the NCAA Championships, as the NCAA announced the championship selections Tuesday. The event will be held March 24-27 at the Castellan Family Fencing Center in Notre Dame, Ind.

This is the second time in three years Ohio State has qualified the maximum 12 fencers. Ohio State is one of four schools to have four selections in 2022, joining Columbia, Notre Dame and Princeton.

The Buckeye Selections

Junior Montserrat Viveros and freshman Eva Mazur were chosen for women’s epee, fifth-year senior Camilla Rivano and freshman Alina Lee qualified in women’s foil and junior Julieta Toledo and freshman Ele Perrier were selected in women’s sabre.

Junior Bence Bende and freshman Gabriel Feinberg qualified for men’s epee, sophomores Diego Cervantes and Edriss Ndiaye were selected for men’s foil and senior Roscoe Swartz and sophomore Nolan Williams will represent the Buckeyes in men’s sabre.

Rivano is now a four-time NCAA qualifier, the eighth Buckeye woman to qualify for the foil championship four times, and Swartz was selected for the third time. Bende, Cervantes, Toledo and Viveros are now two-time selections who will be making their NCAA debuts this year. The 2020 championships were canceled following the selections.

Ohio State won combined NCAA team titles in 2004, 2008 and 2012 and the men’s national crown in 1942, along with 17 individual titles.

The 2022 NCAA Championships

The NCAA Championships include individual events in each of six weapons, with 144 total competitors. Each region was allocated a certain number of spots and schools could qualify at most two per weapon, per gender.

At the championships, fencers will 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. An institution’s place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes during round-robin competition.