NCAA Tabs 11 Crimson Fencers for Championship in San Antonio

NCAA Tabs 11 Crimson Fencers for Championship in San Antonio

The NCAA Selection Committee announced the 2013 championship field today (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the fourth consecutive season, the Harvard fencing program is sending at least 11 competitors to the NCAA Championship. The field of 144 student-athletes that was announced today included six Crimson men and five Crimson women. The 2013 NCAA Fencing Championship will take place March 21-24, with the men opening the tournament over two days and the women closing out the weekend.

Harvard qualified the maximum number of student-athletes (2) in five of the six weapons: men's epee, foil and sabre and the women's epee and sabre. Two schools (Notre Dame and Princeton) will send 12 entrants, while Penn State, Ohio State, Columbia and St. John's will also send 11. The men's side is currently ranked third in the nation, while the women's team is seventh.

The Crimson men will be represented by juniors Eric Arzoian (sabre) and Michael Raynis (epee), sophomores Peregrine Badger (epee), Brian Kaneshige (foil) and Alexander Ryjik (sabre), and freshman Michael Woo (foil).

The Harvard women will consist of junior Alexandra Kiefer (foil), sophomores Kara Lee (sabre) and Emma Vaggo (epee), as well as freshmen Aliya Itzkowitz (sabre) and Nina van Loon (epee).

At the Northeast Regional on Sunday, the Crimson collected five medals and 13 top-10 finishes. Kaneshige captured gold, Vaggo and Ryjik claimed silver, while Woo and Kiefer earned bronze.

At the 2012 NCAA Championship, the men garnered six All-American honors, while the women tallied two. Harvard took sixth place, as the team title is awarded as a coed team.

Badger finished in sixth place in the 2012 NCAA Championship, earning second-team All-American honors in the epee, while Raynis took 18th in the same weapon. Ryjik and Kaneshige received an All-American honorable mention after placing 12th in the sabre and foil, respectively. Arzoian took 18th in the sabre. 

Kiefer took 11th and was a honorable mention All-American at the national tournament in 2012. The foil won an individual national championship as a freshman in 2011. As first-year collegians in 2012, Vaggo placed 14th in the epee and Lee finished 17th in the sabre.

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