O’Brien, Simko Claim Gold Medals at the NCAA Northeast Regional

O’Brien, Simko Claim Gold Medals at the NCAA Northeast Regional

Six Crimson fencers posted top-10 resutls (Gil Talbot).

NEW YORK – With the chance to earn a berth to the NCAA Championships on the line, junior co-captain Duncan O'Brien and classmate Nicolas Simko earned gold medals for No. 3 men's fencing with victories in the sabre and epee divisions, respectively.

In the sabre division, O'Brien went 9-2 in the final round robin group to claim top honors, including wins in his final seven bouts. He posted a plus-17 touch differential in the event as well. Teammate Eli Dershwitz finished seventh among sabre fencers, going 5-6 in the final stage with a minus-2 indicator.

Among epeeists, Simko came out on top with an 8-3 record and plus-8 indicator. He posted wins in his final two bouts to secure the victory by one contest, as three fencers finished with seven wins. Peregrine Badger and Alexander Eldeib also qualified for the final stage, finishing 11th and 12th, respectively.

Fencing with the foil, Harvard placed all three of its entrants in the top-10. Co-captain Brian Kaneshige wound up in fifth-place to lead the Crimson with a 6-5 record, while Jerry Chang finished eighth and Stephen Mageras ninth with 5-6 marks.

The fencers that qualify for the NCAA Championships will be announced on Tuesday, March 10, with chosen student-athletes fencing on March 19-22. The Crimson finished fifth at the NCAA final event a year ago.