Tough Competition at Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio—A duo of fencers on the Yale men's fencing team—junior Hugh O'Cinneide and freshman Reed Srere—have finished in 14th and 19th place, respectively, in saber competition at the Mar. 20-23 NCAA National Championship.
The two fencers wrapped up competition on Sunday at the national contest, hosted this year by Ohio State at the French Field House in Columbus, Ohio. They had advanced to the 144 fencer field at the NCAA National Championship on the basis of their performances throughout the course of the season and strong showings at the Mar. 9 NCAA Northeast Regional in Wellesley, Mass.
O'Cinneide finished in 14th place in foil competition after recording nine victories in 23 bouts, while Srere posted a 19th-place finish with eight victories in 23 bouts.
This year was O'Cinneide's second appearance at the NCAA National Championship: last year he finished in 11th place in the national competition. He had qualified in seventh place amongst northeast fencers this year after recording an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional. Srere advanced through the national contest as the northeast region's second at-large bid for saber after finishing 15th at the regional competition.
The close of the NCAA National Championship wraps up the Bulldogs' 2013-14 fencing season, one in which the team qualified the same number of fencers for the NCAAs as last year. Yale's season included victories against Drew, Sacred Heart and Vassar.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.