Five Bulldogs Qualify for NCAA Championships, Most in Over a Decade

Anna Zhou. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Anna Zhou. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

            Today the NCAA announced the participants in the 2017 NCAA Fencing Championships, held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Only 24 fencers from across the nation qualified for each of the six events (men's and women's epee, saber, and foil). Five members of Yale women's fencing qualified based on their results at NCAA Regionals as well as their overall season record.

            Team captain and senior epeeist Katherine Miller secured her spot with a phenomenal third place finish at this weekend's regionals.

            For women's foil, the Bulldogs will send two first-time NCAA Championships competitors, sophomore Sarah Pak and freshman Anna Zhou.

            Rounding off the Yale women's fencing contingent are senior saber fencers Lillie Lainoff, another first-time competitor, and Joanna Lew.

            At the 2016 NCAA Championships, Yale was represented by Lew and now-sophomore foilist Jenny Zhao. This year the Bulldogs have nearly tripled that number.

            The 2017 NCAA Fencing Championships will be held next week from March 22-March 26 in Indianapolis, Indiana.