April 24, 2020

Spotlight on the 2020 NCAA Championships Qualifiers

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With the maximum 12 fencers qualifying for the 2020 NCAA Championships, the Ohio State fencing program was preparing to make a run for NCAA team and individual titles when the season was stopped without warning.

“The abrupt end to the season has been devastating to the team and coaching staff. I am so proud of this team,” Donald Anthony Jr., the Buckeyes’ head coach, said at the time. “They are an amazing group of young people who worked so hard to achieve their goal of winning the NCAA Championships this year. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to work with them. This team checked all of the boxes we set out to accomplish and we only had one more left to check. We swept our conference championships, qualified a full team to the NCAA Championships for the first time in a number of years and were peaking at the perfect time to check the final box of winning a NCAA title.

“My heart truly goes out to the seniors on our team who came so close to this major accomplishment along with positioning themselves to win their individual titles in their final season at Ohio State.”

The Buckeyes claimed the 2020 Midwest Fencing Conference men’s and women’s team titles, along with all six MFC individual titles and 16 total podium finishes at the conference championships. At the NCAA Regionals, Ohio State fencers captured two gold medals and combined for nine Top 3 finishes.

Noting the Buckeye NCAA Qualifiers

  • The Buckeyes qualified the maximum 12 fencers for the NCAA Championships for the second time since 2014.
  • Ohio State was one of three schools in 2020 to have 12 fencers selected to compete.
  • Of the 12 NCAA qualifiers, there were three seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen.
  • In all, the group has combined for 26 NCAA appearances.
  • Seniors Sarah Merza and Domenik Koch each end their careers as four-time NCAA qualifiers and classmate Gabriela Cecchini is a three-time selection. The trio notched a combined eight All-America honors from their NCAA appearances throughout their careers.

Ohio State 2020 NCAA Championships Selections

Bence Bende, Epee, Fr., Gyöngyösfalu, Hungary

  • Qualified for NCAA Championships as a freshman
  • 2020 Midwest Fencing Conference runner-up
  • First Team All-MFC
  • Placed fifth at NCAA Regionals

Gabriela Cecchini, Foil, Sr., Porto Alegre, Brazil

  • Three-time NCAA qualifier
  • Two-time All-American
  • Two Top 10 NCAA Championships finishes
  • Two-time First Team All-MFC

Diego Cervantes, Foil, Fr., Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

  • Qualified for NCAA Championships as a freshman
  • 2020 Midwest Fencing Conference champion
  • First Team All-MFC
  • Placed third at NCAA Regionals

Domenik Koch, Sabre, Sr., Dormagen, Germany

  • Four-time NCAA qualifier
  • Earned three All-America honors, including two first team nods
  • Three NCAA Top 10 finishes, with two bronze medals
  • First Team All-MFC
  • Team sabre captain

Henry Lange, Epee, So., Beaverton, Ore.

  • Qualified for NCAA Championships for the first time
  • 2020 NCAA Regionals gold medalist
  • 2020 Midwest Fencing Conference champion after tying for third as a freshman
  • Two-time First Team All-MFC

Sarah Merza, Sabre, Sr., Wayne, N.J.

  • Four-time NCAA qualifier
  • Finished in the Top 7 each of her three trips to NCAAs
  • Three-time All-American
  • Three-time MFC champion
  • Four-time First Team All-MFC
  • Team captain

Camilla Rivano, Foil, Jr., Rapallo, Italy

  • Three-time NCAA qualifier
  • Two Top 6 NCAA finishes
  • Two-time All-American
  • Three-time MFC Champion
  • Three-time First Team All-MFC

Roscoe Swartz, Sabre, So., Ridgewood, N.J.

  • Two-time NCAA qualifier
  • MFC champion in 2020
  • Two-time First Team All-MFC
  • 2020 Midwest Fencing Conference champion
  • Two Top 3 NCAA Regionals finishes, including first in 2020

Julieta Toledo, Sabre, Fr., Tijuana, Mexico

  • Qualified for NCAA Championships as a freshman
  • Placed second at NCAA Regionals
  • Midwest Fencing Conference champion
  • First Team All-MFC

Alexanne Verret, Epee, Jr., Quebec City, Quebec

  • Three-time NCAA qualifier
  • Three Top 3 finishes at NCAA Regionals
  • Two-time Midwest Fencing Conference champion
  • Three-time First Team All-MFC

Montserrat Viveros, Epee, Fr., Asuncion, Paraguay

  • Qualified for NCAA Championships as a freshman
  • Placed fifth at NCAA Regionals
  • Midwest Fencing Conference runner-up
  • First Team All-MFC

Nathan Wriedt, Foil, So., South Beloit, Ill.

  • Two-time NCAA qualifier
  • 2019 Midwest Fencing Conference champion
  • Two-time First Team All-MFC
  • Two Top 4 finishes at NCAA Regionals