Six Years, Six Trophies: Fencers Finish Third at NCAAs
Make a little more space in the trophy case in the Stan Sieja Fencing Room.
Extending its unparalleled streak, the Princeton fencing teams combined to bring home an NCAA top-four trophy for the sixth straight year, finishing third at the NCAA Championships that wrapped Sunday at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.
Columbia won its second straight team title with 174 wins, seven more than runner-up Ohio State, which managed to finish runner-up despite being the only team to finish in the top five without qualifying the maximum 12 fencers to the NCAA finals, getting 11 there. Princeton was next with 161 wins, even with St. John's and one more than Notre Dame. Princeton broke the tie for third by out-touching its opponents by 147 touches during the four days of pool bouts while St. John's out-touched its opponents by 106.
The women competed over the first two days (recap here) with four of Princeton's six competitors earning All-America honors. Senior saber Gracie Stone and freshman épée Charlene Liu advanced to the individual bracket, each falling in the finals.
Princeton had one male fencer advance to the individual bracket, with sophomore saber Edward Chin finishing fourth in the round-robin and drawing top-seeded Andrew Mackiewicz of Penn State in the semifinal. Mackiewicz advanced to the final with a 15-11 win after breaking away from a 9-9 tie, capping the Tigers' weekend at the NCAAs.
Final team standings:
1. Columbia 174
2. Ohio State 167
3. Princeton 161 (+174 touch differential)
4. St. John's 161 (+106 touch differential)
5. Notre Dame 160
Princeton's individual men's results:
3. Edward Chin (So.), 16 wins (2016 All-America; 2nd A-A honor, finished eighth in 2015)
7. Peter Pak (Jr.), 14 wins (2016 All-America; 3rd A-A honor, finished ninth in 2015 and fifth in 2014)
9. Thomas Dudey (So.), 13 wins (2016 All-America; 2nd A-A honor, finished ninth in 2015)
18. Michael Dudey (Jr.), 10 wins (finished seventh in 2014 and fifth in 2013 for two A-A honors)
5. Alex House (Jr.), 15 wins (2016 All-America; 2nd A-A honor, finished 11th in 2015 and 13th in 2014)
13. Jack Hudson (Sr.), 11 wins (finished second in 2015 and third in 2014 for two A-A honors)
Princeton's individual women's results:
2. Gracie Stone (Sr.), 18 wins (2016 All-America; 4th A-A honor, finished eighth in 2015, third in 2014 and third in 2013)
14. Desirae Major (Sr.), 10 wins (first NCAA Championship appearance)
9. Ashley Tsue (Jr.), 14 wins (2016 All-America; 2nd A-A honor, finished 10th in 2015)
17. Taylor Chin (So.), 8 wins (first NCAA Championship appearance)
2. Charlene Liu (Fr.), 20 wins (2016 All-America, first NCAA Championship appearance)
11. Isabel Ford (Sr.), 12 wins (2016 All-America, 2nd A-A honor, finished seventh in 2015)