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Bulldogs Ready for NCAA Championships

Bulldogs Ready for NCAA Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—On Thursday, two Bulldogs will travel to Waltham, Mass., to Brandeis University to compete at the NCAA Championships. Freshman Jenny Zhao will represent the team in foil and junior captain Joanna Lew will compete in saber.

Zhao has had an impressive first season for the Bulldogs. Besides her 11th place finish at Northeast Regionals, she came in sixth place at the Ivy Round Robins and helped her foil squad to a fourth-place finish at the Squad Championships.

"I am very excited to participate in such a high-level competition and look forward to being able to compete with the top fencers in the college scene," Zhao said.

Lew has also had yet another strong season in her collegiate career. She attended the NCAA Championships as a freshman, and is ready to make her mark once again.

"NCAA championships is a tough tournament but it's also a lot of fun; I'm looking forward to fencing it but also to cheering on the three freshmen who will be encountering it for the first time," Lew said.

Freshmen Skyler Chin and Walter Musgrave will represent Yale on the men's side in epee and saber respectively.

 Lew placed ninth at Northeast Regionals, winning 11 bouts in total. Other highlights from her season include her performance at Penn State, where she went 13-6, sweeping opponents from Duke and UNC. She also led the team to a fifth-place finish at the Squad Championships.

Lew and Zhao will face athletes from top schools including No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Columbia, No. 3 Princeton, No. 4 Harvard and No. 5 Northwestern.

With only 76 women total selected by the committee, the Bulldogs are entering an elite field of competition. Lew and Zhao are both one of 24 athletes competing in foil and saber respectively. Only the top nine foil and top nine saber fencers from the Northeast Region were invited. 

Last year at NCAAs, former captain Lauren Miller '15 placed 12th in foil and sophomore Ilana Kamber placed 23rd in saber.

Report filed by Caroline Hart '17, Yale Sports Publicity