No. 6 Men’s Fencing Sends Eight to New York for NCAA Northeast Regionals

No. 6 Men’s Fencing Sends Eight to New York for NCAA Northeast Regionals

Simko returns to the NCAA Northeast Regionals as defending champion in the epee (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Eight men fencers travel to Poughkeepsie, New York to compete in the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Sunday, March 13, hosted by Vassar. 

About the NCAA Northeast Regionals
Harvard is sending eight student-athletes to compete at the NCAA Northeast Regional, giving each a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. A year ago, Duncan O'Brien and Nicolas Simko earned gold medals for No. 3 men's fencing with victories in the saber and epee divisions, respectively.

NCAA Northeast Regionals Program

Saber: Alexander Ryjik, Eric Zhao
Foil: Jerry Chang, Stephen Mageras, Michael Woo
Epee: Albert Chien, Peregrine Badger, Nicolas Simko

Last Time Out
Harvard tallied its ninth-straight Beanpot Championship, where it defeated Brandeis (21-6), MIT (19-8), and Boston College (22-5). Nicolas Simko fencing epee, tallied a perfect 9-0 record at the event, while saber fencer Stephen Mageras and Jerry Chang each finished with 8-1 marks.

In the Ranks
*as of March 11, 2016

1. Columbia
3. Notre Dame
4. Penn State
5. St. John's
6. Harvard
7. Princeton
8. Ohio State
9. Duke
10. Stanford

Date Rank
Jan. 15
Jan. 29
March 11 
No. 4
No. 5
No. 6 

Related Link: Fencing Coaches Poll

By the Numbers
Ten fencers sport a record above .500, with six winning 20-or-more bouts. The team has combined to win 229 individual matches, putting its winning percentage at .658.

Fencer Weapon      Record       Winning %
Artidoro Pagnoni
Stephen Mageras      
Jerry Chang
Duncan O'Brien
Michael Woo
Alexander Ryjik
Nicolas Simko
Peregrine Badger 
Jonathan Gill
Eric Zhao


Social Stream
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Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand is in his 17th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in the last 14 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won eight Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 185-78 mark on the men's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard.   

Last Season
Harvard went 13-5-1 during the 2014-15 season, finishing seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships. Harvard returns six letterwinners from last year's squad: Sabre fencers Aliya Itzkowitz, Adrienne Jarocki, foil fencers Mackenzie Lawrence, Hali NelsonLiana YaminHellary Zhang.  

Fresh Faces
Harvard added one freshman in Albert Chien, who fences epee. 

Aye Aye, Captain
Duncan O'Brien '16 and Michael Woo '16, were named the captains for the 2015-16 campaign. O'Brien enters his second year as captain. 

Coming Up
The top fencers at the NCAA Northeast Regionals will have the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Championships which will be from March 24-27 at Brandeis. The official list of who will vie for the title will be announced Tuesday, March 15.