Harvard Fencing Qualifies 11 for NCAA Championship

Harvard Fencing Qualifies 11 for NCAA Championship

The Harvard fencing teams qualified 11 athletes for this year's national championship, the NCAA announced Tuesday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

INDIANAPOLIS – The Harvard men's and women's fencing teams had 11 of their athletes chosen Tuesday when the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Committee announced the field of 144 competitors that will participate in the 2011 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships.

Harvard qualified 11 of the maximum 12 athletes allowed to participate for each team (two per weapon in each gender). Ohio State University will play host to the championships March 24-27 at the French Field House and St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The Crimson men qualified two athletes in each weapon for a full squad at the championship. Freshman Michael Raynis and junior James Hawrot, 14th at the 2010 NCAA Championship, will fence for Harvard in the epee event. Freshman Lucas Lin and sophomore Tommasso di Robilant, 12th in 2010, will participate in foil. Sophomore Thomas Kolasa and junior co-captain Valentin Staller, owner of two top-15 NCAA finishes (15th in 2009, sixth in 2010), will compete in the saber.

The Harvard women will be sending five fencers to the championship. Junior co-captain and defending national champion Caroline Vloka will take part in the saber competition. Junior Noam Mills and sophomore Felicia Sun will fence for the Crimson in the epee event. Freshman Alexandra Kiefer and sophomore Katherine Chou will represent Harvard in foil.

The Crimson finished fifth as a team at the 2010 NCAA Championship, which is scored and awarded as a combined, coed title.