NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After one day of competition, Junior Nathaniel Botwinick stands in second place overall in the men's foil portion of the NCAA Fencing National Championship. Along with senior foilist John Gurrieri and freshman saberist Colin Mills, Botwinick is representing Yale at the National Championship. Gurrieri stands in 21st place among the foilists and Mills stands in 24th place among the saberists.
Botwinick is in second place behind only Penn State's David Wilette. He has won 12 of 14 bouts, for a winning percentage of .857. Moreover, Botwinick has scored 62 touches while receiving only 32 touches, making for a staggering +30 differential.
"Nat’s performance at the tournament has been superb and we are all excited to see him doing so well," said captain Andrew Holbrook. "Coming off finishing first in the region, he has continued to fence at a top level."
Also in the foil pool, Gurrieri has recorded three victories thus far. Mills has won two bouts in the saber pool.
"John’s results today may not have been what we would like, but if there is one thing we all know about John is that he is a fighter," noted Holbrook. "This tournament is not over and we are confident that he will come back tomorrow focused and ready to show why he has been the bedrock of this team’s victories for his four years here."
"Colin had a tough day," continued Holbrook, "but we all believe he has the potential to come back tomorrow and bring out some key victories. He has worked hard throughout the season and his experience and talent will be critical not only for this tournament, but the rest of his Yale fencing career.”
The fencers will complete competition at the National Championship Sunday, Mar. 28. Full results can be found here.
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity