Men's Fencing Kicks off Day One of NCAA Championship; Harvard Tied for Fourth

Sophomore Thomas Kolasa won eight bouts Thursday at the NCAA Fencing Championship (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Day One Results

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Harvard men's fencing team took to the floor first on day one of the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championship Thursday, earning 39 total victories and putting the Crimson in a tie for fourth.

Sophomore Thomas Kolasa had the most victories for Harvard Thursday with eight in the men's sabre competition and currently sits ninth in the competition. Kolasa recorded 58 touches Thursday in 14 bouts. Junior co-captain Valentin Staller earned seven wins in sabre and is 11th after day one.

Harvard's men's epee squad, James Hawrot and Michael Raynis, are in a tight group where a total of five wins separate 17 fencers from first place to 17th. Hawrot and Raynis both grabbed seven victories Thursday to go .500 on the day.

Freshman Lucas Lin is the Crimson's top fencer in the foil after one day of competition, recording six victories and 45 touches on the day to sit in 15th place. Sophomore Tommasso di Robilant is in the top 20 (19th) with four wins and 42 touches Thursday.

The men will fence in nine more bouts Friday in Ohio State's French Field House to round out the team scoring portion of the championship before beginning the individual medals portion of the competition at nearby St. John Arena. The women begin fencing Saturday and conclude Sunday.