Fencers Stand Third After First Day at NCAA Championships
The first day of women's competition at the NCAA fencing championships put Princeton in third place with three days to go.
Columbia leads the field with 64 wins, 10 in front of Notre Dame and 11 ahead of Princeton. Each of the six Tiger fencers will have eight chances to pick up wins before the women's competition ends Friday, and then the six men will each have 23 chances for wins over the two days of men's competition that will wrap Sunday with the awarding of the team title.
Freshman épée Charlene Liu leads all 24 fencers in her weapon with wins in 12 wins in 15 chances Thursday, and senior saber Gracie Stone won 11 matches to stand second in her weapon heading into Friday. The top four fencers from each weapon after the round-robin bouts finish Friday will have the chance to fence for the individual NCAA title. Semifinal bouts will start with épée, then foil and saber, followed by final bouts in those weapons. All the semifinal and final bouts will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.
Team standings after day 1 (top five):
1. Columbia 64
2. Notre Dame 54
3. Princeton 53
4. Ohio State 50
5. St. John's 49
Princeton's individual results:
2. Gracie Stone, 11 wins
5. Desirae Major, 9 wins
8. Ashley Tsue, 9 wins
19. Taylor Chin, 4 wins
1. Charlene Liu, 12 wins
10. Isabel Ford, 8 wins