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Bulldogs Shine in Unprecedented Finish at Northeast NCAA Regionals

Lucy Friedmann. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Lucy Friedmann. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

            Yale women's fencing dominated at home this weekend, with six fencers making it to the final pool of 12 in their respective events. More fencers qualified for the final round of regionals than any season in recent memory.

            Team captain and senior epeeist Katherine Miller posted the best result of the day, placing third out of a 45-person field. Sophomore Lucy Friedmann finished 10th, while freshmen Michelle Li and Michelle Nam were 11th and 13th, respectively, in their first NCAA regional event.

            Senior saber fencer Lillie Lainoff also made it to the round of 12, finishing 11th on the day. Her teammates, senior Joanna Lew (15th) and junior Ilana Kamber (21st) advanced to the round of 21 in women's saber.

            Freshman foilist Anna Zhou fenced her way to seventh place in the women's foil event. She was joined in the round of 12 by sophomore Sarah Pak, who finished 11th. Sophomore Jenny Zhao finished 13th.

Miller is incredibly proud of the team's performance. "Despite the fact that the day is notoriously long and grueling, we gave it our all until the very end. Today's results continue to show just how strong the program is... I'm excited to see how we do at NCAA Championships."

            The Bulldogs will have to wait until this Tuesday, March 14th, when the NCAA will announce the qualifiers for Championships (based off a combination of today's results and season performances). The NCAA Championships will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from March 22-March 26.