Sarah Merza


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Hometown Wayne, N.J.
  • Last School Wayne Hills High School

Career Highlights

  • Finished fifth at 2017 NCAA Championships

Freshman Season

  • Led women’s sabre unit with 21 points at OSU Duals
  • Earned a 9-6 record at both Elite Invitational Duals and St. John’s Invitational
  • Earned a season-high 12 wins at Northwestern Duals
  • Totaled 47 wins in overall regular-season competition
  • Claimed first place in individual competition at MFC Championships
  • Helped sabre unit to a first place finish in team competition at the event
  • Earned a second place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional, qualifying for first career NCAA Championships
  • Finished fifth with a record of 10-5 in her NCAA Championship debut
  • Second Team All-American Honors

Sophomore Season

  • First at OSU Open
  • Went undefeated at OSU Duals
  • Earned 18 wins at the Elite Invitational Duals
  • Earned 18 victories for the Buckeyes at the Elite Invitational Duals
  • Led the women’s sabre unit with nine victories in 12 bouts at the St. John’s Invitational
  • Finished 22-5 and undefeated in five rounds at Northwestern Duals
  • First individually at Midwest Championships
  • Team first at Midwest Championship
  • Finished sixth at NCAA

Junior Season

  • Placed first individually at Midwest Championships
  • Overall first place in team competition at Midwest Championships
  • Placed seventh at NCAA Championship

Prior to Ohio State

  • Fenced with Bergen Fencing Club for 7 years
  • Two-time Team USA World Team member
  • Two-time National Champion
  • Six-time North American Cup Champion


  • Daughter of Bassam and Blana Merza
  • One sister, Celina
  • Plans to pursue a masters in Psychology post-graduation
  • Hobbies include working out, hanging out with friends and watching documentaries
  • Greatest sports thrill is competing with her teammates at every event