Yale Fencers Compete at NCAA Regionals

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The Yale women's fencing team. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Eight to Compete at Regional Event

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With its regular season at a close, the Yale women's fencing team is hard at work preparing to compete at the NCAA Regional Championship at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Mar. 11.

Eight members of the Yale team will compete at the Regional Championship on Sunday, which in conjunction with overall season results, will determine the qualifiers for the Mar. 22-25 National Championships.

"Regionals is always a tough event, with each school sending good competitors," said junior captain Robyn Shaffer.

Fencers qualify to participate in the NCAA Regional Championship based on their record during the regular season. In order to qualify, a fencer needs to have fenced at least 21 bouts against at least nine different schools. Of all these regular season bouts, a fencer must have won at least 25 percent of them. A school in the Northeast Region may qualify any number of fencers, though it is only allowed to send up to three fencers per weapon to the competition, for a total of nine.

"For some of our freshmen, regionals is about getting good experience at a higher level of competition," Shaffer said. "For our upperclassmen, we hope to send a few fencers to nationals as we did last year."

Yale's fencers competing at the NCAA Regional Championship are:

Foil

Lauren Miller

Jillian Liu

Epee

Robyn Shaffer

Alison Barton

Margaret Kandel

Saber

Madeline Oliver

Rachel Hayes

Brenda Seah

In each weapon, two fencers can proceed to the National Championship.

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