O'Cinneide, Wang Post Top-10 Finishes at NCAA Regionals

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Hugh O'Cinneide. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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Seven Finish in Top 20

WELLESLEY, Mass.—Junior Hugh O'Cinneide and freshman Brian Wang both recorded impressive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Northeast Regional, where ten members of the Yale men's fencing team competed over the weekend. 

The Mar. 9 regional tournament, hosted this year by Wellesley in Wellesley, Mass., drew some of the top fencers in the country. Amid that tough field, O'Cinneide, who earlier in the season posted a fifth-place finish at the Ivy League Championship, finished in eighth place in saber competition and Wang captured ninth place in foil competition. 

O'Cinneide's performance on Sunday continues a strong series of results in NCAA competition: last year he claimed seventh place at the NCAA Northeast Regional and went on to finish 11th place at the NCAA National Championship.

Five other Bulldogs figured in the top 20 of their respective weapons at the regional event. In epee, seniors Peter Cohen and Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer closed the day in 12th and 18th place, respectively. Junior Sam Broughton finished 17th in foil.

Meanwhile, the depth of the Elis was on display in saber, as freshmen Reed Srere and Ian Richards, appearing in their first collegiate regional event, claimed 15th and 17th place, respectively. 

The ten Yale fencers advanced to Sunday's regional tournament on the basis of their performance throughout the course of the regular season, as well as during the Feb. 8-9 Ivy League Championship, held this year at Brown in Providence, R.I. The two top-10 finishes at this year's tournament matches the Bulldogs' record at last year's NCAA Northeast Regional.

The results of the NCAA Northeast Regional will help determine which fencers advance to the NCAA National Championship, held this year in Columbus, Ohio. The formal announcement of NCAA National Championship qualifiers will be made Tuesday.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.

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