Pitt Takes 13th at NCAA Championship, Oliver 23rd & Buxton 24th

Katharine Pitt. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Katharine Pitt. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Cambridge, Mass.- Yale’s fencers have wrapped up competition at this year’s NCAA Championship. The three competitors, sophomore foilist Katharine Pitt, freshman saberist Madeline Oliver and freshman epeeist Madeline Buxton traveled to Cambridge, Mass. and finished 13th, 23rd and 24th, respectively.

Katharine Pitt’s ten victories (43.5% of bouts won) put her in thirteenth place after the second day of competition. She scored 78 touches to the 87 she received. Last year the New York City native imposed herself on the national scene with an eighth-place finish. The freshman’s first trip to Nationals saw her take fifteen victories and post a 0.625 percentage of bouts won. This year, the foil champion was Columbia’s Nicole Ross. 

Freshman Madeline Oliver’s first trip to Nationals put her in 23rd place after the final day of saber competition. She won a total of two bouts (.087) and scored 55 touches to the 106 she received. Caroline Vloka of Harvard won the event.

Finally, freshman Madeline Buxton—who received an at large bid to the tournament—finished 24th in epee. Buxton won three bouts (.130) in her NCAA debut, scoring 60 touches to the 106 she received. Margherita Guzzi Vincenti of Penn State won the epee.

Overall Yale finished 15th in the team rankings with 15 points. St. John’s won the team title with 92 points. Notre Dame came a close second with 91 points. Penn State finished third with 90. 

Full results can be found here.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity.