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O’Cinneide, Srere Head to NCAA Nationals

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

Yale Duo in Saber Competition 

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Junior Hugh O'Cinneide and freshman Reed Srere are bound for Columbus, Ohio, to represent the Yale men's fencing team at the Mar. 20-23 NCAA National Championship at Ohio State's French Field House. 

The two Yale saber fencers advanced to the national contest after consistent performances throughout the course of the season and strong performances at the Mar. 9 NCAA Northeast Regional in Wellesley, Mass. After collating results from regional contests across the national, the NCAA announced the 144-strong field for the National Championship in Indianapolis last Tuesday.

This year will be O'Cinneide's second appearance at the NCAA National Championship: last year he finished in 11th place in the national competition. He qualified in seventh place amongst northeast fencers this year after recording an eighth-place finish at the year's regional contest. 

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 competition and will look to build on that form at the NCAA National Championship.

"I'm tremendously excited about NCAA championships because it's a field of extremely talented fencers who I would love to fence," Srere said. "As the at large bid, I feel I have a lot to prove. I definitely don't want to be just another win for the rest of the competition. I've been training at my old club and I hope to have a lot of fun next weekend."

The two qualifiers this year is the equal to the number of fencers Yale qualified for the NCAA National Championship last year, when O'Cinneide was joined by senior Peter Cohen.

Fencing at the NCAA National Championship will open with a round-robin of five-touch bouts. That will determine an initial ranking of the competitors, before the top four finishers in each weapon fence a semifinal of 15-touch bouts to determine the overall champion. 

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