Cohen, O'Cinneide Face Tough Competition
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Against the toughest competition in the nation, two members of the Yale men's fencing team — junior Peter Cohen and sophomore Hugh O'Cinneide — battled diligently to earn the Bulldogs a 11th-place finish at the Mar. 21-24 NCAA National Championship.
Cohen finished 17th in epee competition while O'Cinneide claimed 11th in saber competition. That was amid a blockbuster 144-strong field here at the Freeman Coliseum. The NCAA National Championship was co-hosted this year by The University of the Incarnate Word and San Antonio Sports.
The NCAA National Championship was conducted in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts, where each fencer in a weapon category face each other, before the top four advance to the semifinal stage.
O'Cinneide notched up 12 victories during the round robin, while Cohen won 10 of his bouts. Together, they earned Yale 22 overall points, a score that put the Bulldogs in 11th place nationally.
Cohen and O'Cinneide qualified on the basis of their season performance and the results of the Mar. 10 NCAA Northeast Regional, which they competed in at St. John's Carnesecca Arena and Taffner Field House in Queens, N.Y. Yale had qualified the maximum 10 fencers for the NCAA Northeast Regional and among them, both Cohen and O'Cinneide put up strong performances.
There, Cohen finished fifth in epee competition to qualify for the NCAA National Championship in fifth place, while O'Cinneide fought strongly to finish in seventh place, a result that vaulted him into the NCAA National Championship in seventh place.