Fencing Finishes Seventh at NCAA Championships

Fencing Finishes Seventh at NCAA Championships

Jarocki takes bronze for her second-straight NCAA Tournament medal (Gil Talbot).

COLUMBUS, Ohio - After four days of fencing action at the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Harvard finished in seventh place with six total All-Americans. The Crimson earned the most points in the two sabre divisions out of any team competing at the tournament.

Attempting to repeat as national champion, sophomore Adrienne Jarocki flew through the round robin stage with a 20-3 record, but fell to eventual national champion Francesca Russo from Notre Dame in the semifinals, 15-12. She earns first team All-America honors for the second-straight season.

Emma Väggö, fencing epee in her fourth NCAA Championships, finished sixth to claim second team All-America honors with a 14-9 record. One year after finishing as the national runner-up in sabre, Aliya Itzkowitz earned All-America honorable mention distinction with an 11th-place result.

Hali Nelson and MacKenzie Lawrence represented Harvard in the foil division, finishing 16th and 20th, respectively.

On the men's side 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 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.

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