Two Elis Bound for NCAA National Championship

Hugh O'Cinneide. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Hugh O'Cinneide. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

O'Cinneide Returns to NCAAs

INDIANAPOLIS—Two members of the Yale men's fencing team have qualified Mar. 20-23 NCAA National Championship after demonstrating their prowess throughout the course of the season and at last weekend's regional contest. The NCAA made the announcement of the championship field in Indianapolis on Tuesday. 

Selection for the NCAA National Championship took into account fencers' performance at the Mar. 9 NCAA Northeast Regional, held in Wellesley, Mass., as well as their results earlier in the season. That process has catapulted a duo of Bulldogs to the national competition, which this year will be hosted by Ohio State at the French Field House in Columbus, Ohio. A total of 144 fencers across all weapons were selected for the championship. 

Junior Hugh O'Cinneide brought his experience to bear to qualify for the NCAA National Championship in seventh place in saber, finishing in eighth place at the NCAA Northeast Regional. He will look to build on his performance last year in the national contest, where he went on to finish 11th place at the NCAA National Championship.

Joining O'Cinneide in saber competition will be freshmen Reed Srere, who earned the northeast region's second at large bid for the weapon. Srere finished in 15th place at the regional contest.

The two qualifiers is the equal to the number of fencers Yale qualified for the NCAA National Championship last year.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.