Trio of Bulldogs to Compete at NCAA Nationals
Yale Represented in All Three Weapons
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — When the Mar. 22-25 NCAA National Championship kicks off Thursday at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, the Yale men's fencing team will be represented in all three weapons.
Senior captain Shiv Kachru will lead the team, after gaining a place in the NCAA National Championships' foil competition. Alongside Kachru, sophomore Peter Cohen and junior Nate Benzimra will compete in epee and saber competition, respectively.
The trio of Bulldogs qualified for the NCAA National Championship after strong performances at the Mar. 11 NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Those performances, in tandem with their consistent performance in the regular dual-meet reason, qualified them for a spot in the National Championship.
"This is my last year competing in NCAAs since I am a senior, so I would like to finish my college career with a strong result," Kachru said. "I think I fenced well at regionals, so that is something I would like to continue into NCAA championships.
Kachru and Cohen were the seventh-place qualifiers among Northeast fencers, while Benzimra was the fifth-place qualifier.
At last year's NCAA Nationals, Cohen posted Yale's best finish, tying for third place in epee competition.
"It is really exciting to be going back again this year," Cohen said. "Hopefully I can recreate my performance from last year, but the tournament is going to be very hard, as it always is, so I will just have to do my best and see what happens."
Kachru finished 21st in foil competition at last year's competition.
"I am lucky to have teammates who have been able to push me all year, so I am thankful to them to have one last opportunity to fence in this event," Kachru said.
The three of them will join freshman Lauren Miller of the Yale women's fencing team at the event.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.