March 25, 2011

Yale Finishes 11th at NCAAs

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The NCAA Men's Fencing Championship concluded Friday, with freshman Peter Cohen posting Yale's best finish. Cohen tied for third in the epee competition, falling to eventual champion Marat Israelian in the seminfinals 15-4. Cohen earned 15 points for Yale, and the Bulldogs finished 11th as a team with 37 points. Notre Dame won with 90.

In foil competition, senior Nathaniel Botwinick was sixth and junior Shiv Kachru finished 21st. Botwinick was the highest-placing Ivy League foilist and matched his finish from last year's NCAA tournament. The combined performance of Botwinick and Kachru helped the Yale foil squad finish third among all other foil squads. Yale finished behind champion Notre Dame, and second place finisher Penn State.

Cohen's third place finish is a big accomplishment for the freshman. As he adapted to the college format of five-touch bouts, Cohen improved over the course of the season and eventually defeated foreign recruits, upperclassmen and fencers with years more experience in the NCAA Championships.

"Nat's 6th-place result at the championships marks a successful conclusion to his college career, performing very well at the most grueling event in college fencing," reflected captain Jonathan Holbrook. "He has been a strong force on our team's foil squad and his graduation will be a blow to our team."

"Shiv's seven wins in a very difficult field represent a good result, but do not fully reflect his ability on the strip," added Holbrook. "Our training this year emphasized competing as a team and his best fencing came out in high-pressure team situations like our Ivy Championships match against Harvard, when he finished 3-0."

Full results from the tournament can be found here.

 

Report by Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity