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Miller Leads Bulldogs at NCAA Championships

Katherine Miller. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Katherine Miller. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--Five members of the Yale women's fencing team competed for the last time this season at the 2017 National Collegiate Fencing Championship. Hosted by the University of Notre Dame at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, the event saw the top 72 female collegiate fencers from across the country compete to be named the national champion in epee, saber, and foil.

Senior captain Katherine Miller was Yale's only fencer in epee, making her second appearance at the NCAA Championships. Notching 12 victories, Miller was the top performer for the Bulldogs and finished in eighth place. With this finish, she earned Second Team All-American. This is the first time a Yalie has been awarded this honor since 2012.

In saber, two more seniors completed their collegiate fencing careers with Yale. In her third appearance at the event, Joanna Lew won 11 bouts and finished the competition with a +2 indicator, placing 13th. Lillie Lainoff scored an additional point for the Bulldogs and finished in 24th place.

Two Bulldogs competed in foil: sophomore Sarah Pak and freshman Anna Zhou, who placed 18th and 19th, respectively. Pak won eight bouts, while Zhou finished just behind her teammate with seven wins.

While Notre Dame took home the 2017 team title on Sunday, Yale improved upon its 17th-place finish from last year. Combining both the men's and women's results, the Bulldogs finished the four-day competition in 12th place with 63 points.

Report filed by Emmy Reinwald '17, Yale Sports Publicity.