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Five Women's Fencers Travel to NCAA Championships

Jenny Zhao. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jenny Zhao. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's fencing will be sending five of its members to University Park, Pa. this Wednesday to compete at the 2018 NCAA Championships, hosted by Pennsylvania State University.

While Yale qualified this number of women's competitors for the first time in more than a decade last year, the team has some of the most qualifiers this year. With each team able to qualify six fencers maximum (two in each weapon), the Bulldogs are tied with Harvard with five qualifiers. Only Columbia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State outnumber them with six.

"Having five members of women's team qualify for NCAAs is a testament to our hard work all season," team captain and senior saber fencer Ilana Kamber says. This competition will be her second and final trip to NCAA Championships. "I’m excited to see everyone fence even harder this weekend."

Two sophomores will join Kamber at the championships, epeeist Michelle Nam and foilist Anna Zhou. Nam will be appearing for the first time and is excited to make her debut: "I'm looking forward to fencing at my first NCAAs. The team has been working really hard this season, and I hope our individual results this week will reflect how far we've come both mentally and physically." While Zhou will be competing for a second time, she, too, cannot wait to compete. Like Kamber, she is "proud of [the] team for qualifying so many fencers for a second year in a row." Junior foilist Jenny Zhao will also make her second appearance, alongside first-timer first-year Mary Barnett, who will compete in the women's saber event.

Each fencer will compete in a 24-person pool of five-touch bouts. Once the round-robin is complete, the top-four finishers in each event will compete in a 15-touch, direct elimination bracket to determine first, second, and third places. Competitors earn points for their school with each of their wins. In the end, a team's finish in the championships will be based on the overall points earned by both its men's and women's fencers. Last year, the Bulldogs finished 12th in the standings.

Live results can be found at: tournaments/NCAA.html   

Schedule of events: 


Thursday, March 22nd

9:00 a.m. Women's Foil, rounds 1-3

11:00 a.m. Women's Epee, rounds 1-3

1:30 p.m. Women's Saber, rounds 1-3


Friday, March 23rd

9:00 a.m. Women's Foil, Epee, and Saber, rounds 4-5

1:00 p.m. Women's Semi-final and Championship Bouts