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Elis Shine at NCAA Regionals

Isaac Shelanski
Isaac Shelanski

WALTHAM, MASS. -  At one of the toughest competitions of the year, the Bulldogs managed some impressive victories against some of the most talented fencers in the Northeast. Regionals has an unconventional format. As individuals, competitors fence all of the other fencers in their pool, with the top performers in each round proceeding to the next round. By the final round, many athletes have fenced dozens of bouts, so it can lead for a grueling day of competition.

The top placing Bulldog of the day was Isaac Shelanski, who finished third in epee. Reflecting on his success, Shelanski said, "I'm really proud of how the epee squad performed. We were all helping each other out throughout the day." Joining him in the final round of twelve was teammate Jonathan Xu, who placed 10th overall. Malcolm Miller placed 16th.

Also shining at Regionals was first-year Cameron Allen, who finished fifth in foil after winning the majority of his bouts in the all-important final pool. He attributed his success to his teammates and dedication to the sport, "Our team has been putting in many hours of training each day over the last couple weeks and the hard work has paid off. It was a long day but I was able to compete well."

The official list of qualifiers for NCAA Nationals will be determined based on Regionals performance and success throughout the season, then released on March 13. The NCAA Championships will be held at Penn State, in State College, Pennsylvania from March 22nd to March 25th.