UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Committee has announced that 10 Penn State fencers have been selected to participate in the 2016 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships next week in Boston.
The competition will be held at Brandeis University’s Gosman Sports and Convocation Center from March 24 until March 27. The women’s events will be held March 24 – 25 beginning at 9:30 a.m. the first day, and 9 a.m. the second. The men will fence the final two days, following the same schedule.
The Nittany Lions secured two fencers – the maximum allotted – in all but the women’s foil event.
Senior Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif.), junior Teodora Kakhiani (Tbilisi, Georgia) and sophomores Kathryn Charpin (Setauket, N.Y.) and Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.) will be participating in the sabre events. Captain Streets and Mackiewicz were back-to-back NCAA Men’s Sabre National Champions in 2014 and 2015 and are looking to reclaim the title for the Nittany Lions this year.
On epee, senior Jessica O’Neill-Lyublinsky (North Salem, N.Y.) and juniors Jessie Radanovich (Tollhouse, Calif.), Patrick August (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Conor Shepard (Colleyville, Texas) will represent Penn State.
“This has been a rocky year. In the fall, we did not have access to our entire fencing facilities due to some unseen circumstances. It affected our ability to train consistently and at the level we are used to,” said Head Coach Wes Glon. “All season, we have been plagued with many injuries. This past week, two of our regional qualifiers had to withdraw for medical reasons. It will be an uphill battle for the team title, but we still have great individual fencers who will be looking to become national champions in their weapon.”
The Nittany Lions will compete in a round-robin tournament consisting of five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top-four finishers in each event will advance to the 15-touch bout semifinal round. The winners of the semifinal round will fence to determine first and second places, and the non-advancing fencers will tie for third place.
Penn State will also be competing for a first place finish in the team event. Teams will be awarded one point-per victory for each fencer in the championship. The team with the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned the 2016 NCAA Collegiate Fencing Champions. Last year, the Nittany Lions placed second in the team event, coming just behind Columbia.
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