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Bulldogs Head to NCAA Regional Championships

Andrew Holbrook and John Gurrieri.
Andrew Holbrook and John Gurrieri.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men’s fencing team is spending the week preparing for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, to be held this Sunday, March 14 at Brown University. The Regional Championships are the main determinant of which fencers qualify to move on to the NCAA National Championships, to be held on March 27 and 28. Yale has qualified 11 fencers for the Regional Championships.

Fencers qualify to participate in the NCAA Regional Championship based on their record during the regular season. In order to qualify, a fencer needs to have fenced at least 21 bouts against at least nine different schools. Of all these regular season bouts, a fencer must have won at least 25 percent of them. A school in the Northeast Region may qualify any number of fencers, though it is only allowed to send up to three fencers per weapon to the competition, for a total of nine.

This year, the Bulldogs will have the luxury of choosing which nine fencers they wish to send to the competition. The 11 Elis who have performed well enough to qualify are:

John Gurrieri
Nat Botwinick
Jonathan Holbrook
Shiv Kachru
Andrew Holbrook

Tom Bell
Alex Cohen
Nick Wan

Adam Fields
Colin Mills
Nate Benzimra

The fencers will initially be divided into groups of six or seven, after which they will compete in successive pools with elimination until a final group of twelve fencers is reached for each weapon class. The winner will then be determined from those final twelve fencers, after they compete in a round-robin of five touch bouts.

At last year’s Regional Championships, four out of nine competing Bulldogs qualified to move on to the National Championships: current sophomore Alexander Cohen, current senior John Gurrieri, current sophomore Shiv Kachru and Michael Pearce ’09.


Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity