INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The first three rounds of competition at the NCAA Fencing Championships took place Thursday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum, with three Yale men's fencers in action. Freshman Aiden Ahn led the way in foil with six wins, while sophomore Walter Musgrave (saber) and freshman Isaac Shelanski (epee) notched five wins each. Ahn and Musgrave are currently in 20th place in their weapons, while Shelanski is 21st.
In foil Ahn was one of only four fencers to beat Nolen Scruggs of Columbia, who currently sits in third place with 11 wins in 15 bouts. Scruggs was a first team All-Ivy selection for the defending national champion Lions.
In saber Musgrave was one of only four fencers to beat Ben Natanzon of St. John's, who currently sits in third place with 11 wins in 15 bouts.
In epee Shelanski was one of only five fencers to beat Gabe Canaux of Columbia, who currently sits in sixth place with 10 wins in 15 bouts. Canaux was a second team All-Ivy selection for the defending national champion Lions.
The fencers are competing in rounds of five-touch bouts in a round-robin style competition, with rounds four and five scheduled for Friday morning. From there, the top four fencers in each weapon will compete in the semifinals, which consist of 15-touch bouts. The two remaining winners will then fence for the national title.
A team championship will also be awarded, with schools earning one point for each victory by its student-athletes. Yale's 16 points currently have the Bulldogs 12th out of 20 schools. Notre Dame (57 points) is in the lead.
Throughout the competition, live results will be available at http://www.escrimeresults.com/NCAA/ncaa2017.html, and more information about the Championships can be found at http://www.und.com/sports/c-fenc/spec-rel/ncaa-17-fenc-championships.html.