March 8, 2004

Four Bulldogs Earn NCAA Berths

New York, NY - Four Yale fencers earned NCAA berths, including three at the Northeast Regional Championships, held at Columbia's Dodge Fitness Center on March 7. Cory Werk was Yale's top finsher at the regionals, placing second in men's foil competition. Werk won seven of nine bouts in the final round to finish just behind Nitai Kfir of St. John's. Erica Korb took fourth in women's epee to qualify in that weapon. Also qualifying was Alisa Mendelsohn, who finished fifth in women's foil. James Rohrbach was later added to the field based on his excelllent season (23-14 overall, 8-4 Ivy). The four will take part in the NCAAs March 25-28 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.

The Bulldogs had three fencers in the top 16 in men's epee, including John Beski (14th), William Tauxe (15th) and James Rohrbach (16th). In men's sabre, Chris Peterson was 12th and Marcus Haymon was 28th.

In addition to Korb's strong performace in women's epee, the Bulldogs also had Zane Selkirk (26th) and Katie Burghardt (31st). In women's sabre, Carly Guss placed 12th and Justine Aw placed 14th.

The NCAA selections are based on performances in dual meets throughout the season, and competition in the Regionals. Although a fencer's place at the Regional forms a major part of the formula determining selection to the NCAA's, it is not the sole determinant.