Fencing In Seventh Place After Men’s NCAA Championships

Fencing In Seventh Place After Men’s NCAA Championships

Dershwitz earns bronze in first-career NCAA Championship (Photo: Pete LaFleur).

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After the first two days of competition at the NCAA Fencing Championships, Harvard sits in seventh place overall.

Eli Dershwitz earned first team All-America honors and a third-place overall finish, going a combined 22-2 at the tournament. The freshman sabre fencer earned 22 points for Harvard's team score, but fell to St. John's Ferenc Valkai in the national semifinals to finish with the bronze.

Fencing foil, junior Jerry Chang earned second-team All-America honors and senior Brian Kaneshige was named honorable mention All-America after posting top-10 finishes. The award is the fourth-straight All-America nod for Kaneshige. Chang wound up in sixth place with a 15-8 record, while Kaneshige recorded a 10th-place finish with a 13-10 mark. Chang and Kaneshige earned 28 points towards Harvard's team score.

Duncan O'Brien (sabre) and Nicolas Simko (epee) also qualified for the NCAA Tournament, finishing 19th and 21st, respectively, in their weapon classes. Each earned nine points for Harvard.

The women's team takes the stage to close out the NCAA Championships March 21-22. Aliya Itzkowitz, Adrienne Jarocki, MacKenzie Lawrence, Hali Nelson and Emma Väggö qualified for the Crimson.