March 3, 2014

Eight Fencers Bound for NCAA Regionals

Look to Build on Performance at Squad Nationals

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Eight members of the Yale women's fencing team will represent the Bulldogs at the Mar. 9 NCAA Northeast Regional, held this year in Wellesley, Mass. 

Junior captain Lauren Miller and junior Megan Murphy will compete in foil competition; freshmen Lillie Lainoff and Joanna Lew and sophomore Maria Martinez will take part in saber competition; and senior Alison Barton, freshman Olivia Briffault and sophomore Katherine Miller will fence epee at the Sunday tournament.

Selection for the regional tournament is based on 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. While the Bulldogs finished seventh at that tournament—and Katherine Miller earned second team All-Ivy recognition—their consistent performance throughout the season ensured that a strong slate of fencers would advance to the NCAA Northeast Regional.

All the Yale fencers bound for the NCAA Northeast Regional posted solid all round performances at the Feb. 23 US Collegiate Squad Championships, held at Penn in Philadelphia. Facing off there against some of the toughest squads in the nation, the saber squad finished in fourth place, the epee team finished in fifth and the foil squad claimed sixth place.

With that experience under their belt, the Bulldogs will look to build on their past performances at the NCAA Northeast Regional. Last year, when the event was held in Queens, N.Y., Madeline Oliver '12 finished in seventh place in saber competition, Katherine Miller finished in eighth in epee and Lauren Miller captured ninth place in foil. 

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

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

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