Three Fencers Advance to NCAA Nationals

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Lauren Miller. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Strongest Showing in Recent Years

INDIANAPOLIS—After a weekend of competition against some of the toughest fencers in the region, three members of the Yale women's fencing team have been selected to advance to the Mar. 20-23 NCAA National Championship, which will be hosted this year by Ohio State at the French Field House in Columbus, Ohio. The NCAA made the announcement of the championship field in Indianapolis on Tuesday.

Selection for the NCAA National Championship took into account fencers' performance at the Mar. 9 NCAA Northeast Regional, held in Wellesley, Mass., as well as their results throughout the course of the season. A total of 144 fencers across all weapons were selected for the championship. 

Junior captain Lauren Miller led the way, qualifying in fourth place in foil for the national competition after capturing sixth place at the regional competition this year. She will look to build on her previous results at the NCAA National Championship: last year she finished in 13th place, while the year before she finished in seventh place.

Joining her at the national competition will be sophomore Katherine Miller, who qualified in seventh place after an 11th-place finish in epee at the NCAA Northeast Regional.

And in a sign that bodes well for the future of the Bulldogs, freshman Joanna Lew advanced to the NCAA National Championship in ninth place in saber. Lew finished in ninth place in saber at the NCAA Northeast Regional.

The contingent of three women's fencers heading to the nationals is Yale's highest in recent years: last year two members of the women's fencing team advanced, while the year before Miller was the sole fencer to qualify. 

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

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