Competition Against the Top in the Nation
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Yale men's fencing team wrapped up competition at the Mar. 24-25 NCAA National Championship in 12th place overall, with each of the three fencers competing displaying their skill in Columbus, Ohio over the course of the weekend.
Senior captain Shiv Kachru led the team, placing seventh overall in foil competition with 14 victories and a percentage of 0.609. That was a substantial jump from last year's competition, where Kachru finished in 21st place.
Meanwhile, junior Nate Benzimra finished 12th in saber competition, closing the day with a 0.522 percentage and 12 victories. Sophomore Peter Cohen finished 17th in epee competition with nine victories and a 0.391 percentage. At last year's NCAA Nationals, Cohen posted Yale's best finish, tying for third place in epee competition.
The trio of Bulldogs qualified for the NCAA National Championship after strong performances at the Mar. 11 NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Those performances, in tandem with their consistent performance in the regular dual-meet reason, qualified them for a spot in the National Championship.
They were not the only Yale fencers competing at the tournament – freshman Lauren Miller competed in the women's foil division, finishing in seventh place.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.