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
Ohio State 2020 NCAA Championships Selections
Bence Bende, Epee, Fr., Gyöngyösfalu, Hungary
Gabriela Cecchini, Foil, Sr., Porto Alegre, Brazil
Diego Cervantes, Foil, Fr., Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Domenik Koch, Sabre, Sr., Dormagen, Germany
Henry Lange, Epee, So., Beaverton, Ore.
Sarah Merza, Sabre, Sr., Wayne, N.J.
Camilla Rivano, Foil, Jr., Rapallo, Italy
Roscoe Swartz, Sabre, So., Ridgewood, N.J.
Julieta Toledo, Sabre, Fr., Tijuana, Mexico
Alexanne Verret, Epee, Jr., Quebec City, Quebec
Montserrat Viveros, Epee, Fr., Asuncion, Paraguay
Nathan Wriedt, Foil, So., South Beloit, Ill.