NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After a season of impressive fencing results and strong performances at Regionals, five Bulldogs have earned spots at Nationals, which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio from March 21 to 24. Twenty-six fencers in each weapon earn their places at the NCAA National Championships and competition for these slots is fierce.
At the championships, all of the fencers in each event face each other in a series of five-touch bouts, with the top four advancing to a fifteen touch direct-elimination round. Institutions are ranked based on the placement of their fencers in their respective events. Last year, Yale finished the weekend ranked ninth overall.
Captain Sarah Pak is hopeful about the team's ability to succeed at the Championships. "The girls on this team continue to impress me every step of the way. We've faced a lot of trials together this season but everyone just keeps pushing through and working even harder. We've had our smallest team in years and we still managed to qualify five people for NCAA championships. I've truly never met a more stronger and dedicated group of people and I'm excited to see what damage we'll do next week in Ohio."
Pak and junior Anna Zhou will be representing the foil squad at the Championships. They both had success at Regionals, taking fifth and eighth place, respectively.
Sophomore squad captain Lauren Kim will be the only saber fencer competing for Yale at the Championships, after taking tenth at Regionals.
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