Fencing Takes Fifth at NCAA Championships

Fencing Takes Fifth at NCAA Championships

Four Crimson men's fencers earned All-American honors at the 2014 NCAA Championship (photo courtesy Gil Talbot). 

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Harvard fencing program concluded its bid for a national title Sunday afternoon at Ohio State's French Field House with 146 victories to claim fifth. Over the four day championships 10 Crimson fencers garnered All-America accolades. 

Michael Raynis led the men's charge at his final national tournament. The senior captured All-America honors for the third time in his career after posting a 13-10 mark with 97 touches scored and a plus-15 indicator for sixth-place. 

Raynis' teammate, freshman Alexander Eldeib managed to record 91 touches and amass 10 wins to take 17th in his first run at nationals. 

In the foil, Brian Kaneshige collected All-American nods with an eighth place finish at the national meet. The junior won 13 bouts and turned in a plus-18 scoring index to secure his third straight honor. Sophomore Michael Woo also delivered 13 victories with a plus-15 scoring differential to take ninth and capture All-American awards for the second time in his career. 

Sabre fencer Eric Arzoian wrapped up the tournament in 10th place. The senior went 11-12 on the strip with a plus-3 indicator to receive an All-American nod. 

Arzoian's teammate, junior Alexander Ryjik went 8-15 to finish 20th.  

Four Harvard men fencers picked up All-America accolades for the third consecutive year and fourth time overall. The four All-American honors by the men complemented by the six earned by the women's squad over the first two days of the tournament are the most by the Crimson programs in the history of the combined championship.

Penn State captured the team title with 180 triumphs. Princeton finished in second with 159 points, while St. John's (156) and Ohio State) took third and fourth, respectively. 

Day 3 Recap - Men's Fencing Claims 45 Wins, Harvard Third After Day Three of NCAA Championships 

After three days of competition at the 2014 NCAA Championships, the Harvard fencing program has accumulated 123 victories to sit in third place. The six entrants from the men's squad amassed 45 triumphs on Saturday to add to the women's 78 achieved over the first two days at Ohio State's French Field House. 

Both the Crimson's epee and foil squad earned 16 victories, respectively, while Harvard's sabre fencers turned in 13 wins.  

Epeeist Michael Raynis led all Crimson on the strip as the senior charted nine wins in 15 bouts with a plus-13 scoring index and 66 total touches recorded. Raynis' freshman teammate, Alexander Eldeib notched a 7-8 mark and 59 total touches to sit 15th after the first day on the strip.  

In the foil, junior Brian Kaneshige and sophomore Michael Woo captured eight victories apiece. Kaneshige recorded 56 total touches and a plus-7 indicator to sit in eighth place while Woo posted 54 total touches and a plus-6 scoring differential to land 10th.  

Senior Eric Arzoian is Harvard's top performer in the sabre after day one. The sabre's 7-8 ledger combined with a plus-2 index and 56 total touches recorded put the senior in 10th place. Junior Alexander Ryjik is in 16th with six victories and 47 total touches recorded.  

The Crimson sits 29 wins behind leader Penn State who has notched 152 victories. Princeton lands 12 points ahead of Harvard (123), while St. John's (122) and Ohio State (121) round out the top five in fourth place and fifth place, respectively.