COLUMBUS, Ohio – In Evanston, Ill., Saturday, 17 members of the Ohio State fencing program competed at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Henry Lange led the Buckeyes with a first-place finish in men’s epee, while five other Buckeyes – Jack Price (men’s sabre), Dasha Myroniuk (women’s foil), Diego Cervantes (men’s foil), Paul Veltrup (men’s epee) and Montserrat Viveros (women’s epee) – claimed third-place finishes.
Ohio State competed against fencers from host Northwestern, Cleveland State, Denison, Detroit Mercy, Lawrence, Notre Dame and Wayne State.
NCAA Championships Ahead
The selections for the 2023 NCAA Championships will be announced at 1 p.m. Tuesday, with the championships set for March 23-26 in Durham, N.C.
The NCAA Championships will include 144 participants, with a maximum of two per weapon, per gender, per school.
Each region is allocated a certain number of spots. This year, the Midwest Region has four NCAA allocations in men’s and women’s epee, men’s and women’s sabre and men’s foil and five in women’s foil. All six weapons have two national at-large spots each. Qualification to the NCAA Championships is based 40 percent on regular season results and 60 percent on NCAA regional finish.
The Buckeyes at the NCAA Midwest Regional
All seven Buckeye foilists placed in the Top 7.
In the first women’s foil pool, Dasha Myroniuk was undefeated in her five bouts (+17 indicator), Claire Teresa Galavotti was 5-1 (+13) and Alina Lee was 4-2 (+12). In the 12-fencer pool after eliminations, Myroniuk went 8-3 (+16) to clinch third place, followed by Lee who was 7-4 (+8) for fourth and Galavotti who notched a 6-5 mark (+9) for a fifth-place finish.
The men had one pool of 14 fencers. Diego Cervantes (+26) and Justin Vogler (+21) were both 10-3 on the day to finish third and fourth, respectively. Edriss Ndiaye was 9-4 (+26) for a fifth-place finish and Solin Li was 8-5 (+16) in his first NCAA regional to place seventh.
3. Dasha Myroniuk
4. Alina Lee
5. Claire Teresa Galavotti
3. Diego Cervantes
4. Justin Vogler
5. Edriss Ndiaye
7. Solin Li
The Buckeyes took two of the three podium spots in men’s epee. In the first pool of the day, Henry Lange was undefeated in five bouts (+16), while Gabriel Feinberg (+8), Paul Veltrup (+6) and Miles Weiss (+6) were each 4-2. Lange went on to go 9-2 (+17) in the second pool to claim the gold, while Veltrup was 8-3 (+10) to earn third. Weiss finished fifth (7-4, +4) and Feinberg was ninth (4-7, -1).
For the women, Karina Dyner was undefeated in her first four pool bouts (+6), while Yeva Marzur was 5-1 (+13). Montserrat Viveros was 2-2 (+3) and Lucy Whittemore was 2-5 (-4), as all four advanced to the second round. In the second pool, Viveros and Mazur were both 7-4, with +14 and +10 indicators, respectively, to finish third and fourth. Dyner was 6-5 to place seventh and Whittemore was ninth (2-9, -15).
1. Henry Lange
3. Paul Veltrup
5. Miles Weiss
9. Gabriel Feinberg
3. Montserrat Viveros
4. Yeva Mazur
7. Karina Dyner
9. Lucy Whittemore
There was one pool of 14 in men’s sabre. Jack Price was the third-place finisher, with an 11-2 mark on the day and a +22 indicator. Stephen Chou notched an 8-3 mark (+7) and Nolan Williams was also 8-3, with a +2 indicator, as they finished sixth and seventh. Freshman Aaron Buergenthal was 4-9 on the day to place ninth.
The women’s event included a cut to the Top 12 fencers after the first pool. In the first pool, Katherine Larimer was 4-2 (+4) and Julieta Toledo (+5) and Eleonore Perrier (0) were both 3-2. Toledo and Perrier were both 7-4 in the second pool, with Toledo’s +10 indicator edging out Perrier’s +7, as the Buckeyes placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Larimer posted two wins in the second pool.
5. Julieta Toledo
6. Eleonore Perrier
10. Katherine Larimer
3. Jack Price
6. Stephen Chou
7. Nolan Williams
9. Aaron Buergenthal