No. 2/ 5 Fencing Hits the Road for NCAA Championship Play

Photo by: Derek Hamilton
Photo by: Derek Hamilton

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The No. 2 men's and No. 5 women's Harvard fencing team travels to Cleveland, Ohio for the 2019 NCAA Championships co-hosted by Cleveland State and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Bouts begin Thursday, March 21 and will run through the 24. 

Championship Information
  Wolstein Center
When: March 21-24, 2019
Host: Cleveland State and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
Broadcast: ESPN3 or WatchESPN App | Men's Semifinals & Finals, 1 p.m. ET Friday
                  Women's Semifinals & Finals, 1 p.m. ET Sunday
Notes:        Harvard Postseason Guide
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Collectively, the Crimson is one of four teams to send the maximum lot of fencers to Ohio for the chase to its second national championship title. Beginning at 9 a.m. over the four days of competition, the men open up round robin bouts on Thursday, March 21 with finals on the following day. The women close out the weekend in a similar fashion on the last two days with the announcement of team champions on the final day. 

Over their respective two days on Thursday and Saturday, the men and women will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. Each victory counts as one point towards the team total. The top-four finishers in each weapon will vie for individual championships with 15-touch semifinal bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places, and the non-advancing fencers tying for third. The closing rounds do not contribute to the team point's totals. The team title is awarded as a coed team.

What to Know

  • Sophomore foilist Geoffrey Tourette leads the Crimson with an impressive +175-touch differential, while Natalie Yang charges forward for women's foil with 38 victories under her belt.
  • After placing fourth at regionals in epee, Albert Chien boasts an even 50 victories for the men, as a fifth-place regional finish for Saanchi Kukadia leads the women with 48 successful bouts.
  • Three of the four Crimson members wielding the sabre are comprised of first years Daniel Solomon, Elizabeth Tartakovsky and Veronica Czyzewski.
  • Seven Crimson members garnered All-Ivy Honors including three individual champions in their respective weapons class, Eli Dershwitz, Geoffrey Tourette and Elizabeth Tartakovsky.