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Bulldogs Ready To Tackle NCAA Regionals

Bulldogs Ready To Tackle NCAA Regionals

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Sunday, the Bulldogs will travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to compete at the NCAA Northeast Regionals. The fencers will compete for a spot at the NCAA Championships later this month. 

This season, seven team members qualified for regionals, an impressive feat for the small squad. The fencers competing are junior Lillie Lainoff, sophomore Ilana Kamber, junior captain Joey Lew and senior Ashley Feng in saber, freshman Lucy Friedmann in epee and freshmen Sarah Pak and Jenny Zhao in foil.

"As the last tournament of our season, regionals is bittersweet," said captain Joanna Lew. "The odd format and high stakes definitely make for an exciting tournament, but there's also something a bit sad in our last bus ride back to campus together. It's been a really great season, and as a team I have no doubt that we'll be continue to improve."

The format for the  Northeast regional tournament is a series of pools. The first round of pools is determined by each fencer's individual ranking from the regular season. Depending on their win record for the round, they will either be eliminated or move on to the next round of pools. After 3-4 rounds of pools (a total of approximately 20+ bouts), the remaining 12 will compete in a final pool, and those bouts will determine the overall results for the day.  

"NCAA regionals is by far one of the longest and most grueling events of the year," said junior saber Lillie Lainoff.

For the Northeast region, there are nine available bids for women's saber and foil fencers, and eight for women's epee fencers to compete at nationals. Additionally, there are two at-large bids that will be selected from the alternates of all regional competitions.  
Report filed by Caroline Hart '17, Yale Sports Publicity