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2012 NCAA Fencing – Day-1 Bouting Schedule (courtesy CF360)

Here's the rundown of Thursday's bouting schedule, as the 2012 NCAA Fencing Championships opens up with four rounds of women's competition in each weapon (14 bouts per fencer, with nine more for each competitor on Friday to complete the round-robin ... followed by semifinals and title bouts in each weapon; medal round does not count to team score). Teams receive one point for every individual win in the round-robin.

One subtle – but often important – factor is when teammates have to be split into different "travel groups" (there are eight groups of three, in each weapon). Here are the teammates who will not have the benefit of fencing alongside each other:

• St. John's women's foil
• Duke women's epee
• Columbia women's epee

Among the five teams that qualified the maximum 12 fencers, St. John's is the only one that has one of its women's weapon groups split – and that could prove to be a detriment, as StJ juniors Irina Koroleva and Evgeniya Kirpicheva (both natives of Russia) won't have the benefit of each other's insight, support, etc.

NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional – 2012 Women's Sabre Results (courtesy CF360)

By Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)

Notes – Qualification for the 2012 NCAA Championships (March 22-25, at Ohio State) was based on a formula combination of Fencer Seed Factor/FSF (40%; from regular-season dual meets) and Regional finish (60%). The Mid-Atlantic/South Region has seven automatic berths to the 2012 NCAA Championships in women's sabre. There is a maximum of two entries per school in each weapon. NCAA bids became official on March 13. In some cases, coaches had an option in selecting which fencers would comprise their entries in the NCAAs (if additional fencers meet the qualification standard). There also were two NCAA at-large spots in each weapon, open to fencers from any region (again, as long as team already has not qualified two in the particular weapon) ... details below.

Other 2012 NCAA Regional wrapup pages (courtesy CF360):
WEST WOMEN ... WEST MEN ... MIDWEST WOMEN

Becca Ward mask off

Four-time Mid-Atlantic/South Regional
women's sabre champion Beccaa Ward (right)


Here's an overview of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional women's sabre competition, held at Lafayette. The format featured four rounds of pools, with the field trimmed after each of the first three rounds (to 24, 18 and 12) before the final marathon pool-of-12. 
Data below indicates Regional finish (W-L/total-points indicator), seed entering regional, basic bio. info. (class year and hometown), past finishes in Regional and NCAA Championship events, eventual NCAA qualifiers, key bouts, and brief analysis.

NCAA Midwest Regional – 2012 Women's Fencing Results (courtesy CF360)

CLICK HERE for CF360 exclusive video interview with Northwestern All-America foilist Dayana Sarkisova (pict. below)

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By Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)

Notes – Qualification for the 2012 NCAA Championships (March 22-25, at Ohio State) is based on a formula combination of Fencer Seed Factor/FSF (40%; from regular-season dual meets) and Regional finish (60%). The Midwest Region has five automatic berths to the 2012 NCAA Championships in every weapon except women's sabre (4). There is a maximum of two entries per school in each weapon. NCAA bids became official on March 13. In some cases, coaches had an option in selecting which fencers would comprise their entries in the NCAAs (if additional fencers meet the qualification standard). There also were two NCAA at-large spots in each weapon, open to fencers from any region (again, as long as team already has not qualified two in the particular weapon) ... Notre Dame earned two women's at-large spots, in epee and sabre, while Northwestern secured one of the women's foil at-large spots (details below).

2012 NCAA Fencing Championship Qualifiers

RELEASE: May 13, 2012   Contact: Pete LaFleur  (editor@collegefencing360.com)

Five teams – Harvard, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Princeton and St John's – have received the maximum 12 indvidual qualifers for the upcoming NCAA Combined Men's and Women's Fencing Champinship, to be held March 22-25 at Ohio State's French Fieldhouse and Saint John's Arena. Penn State (11) and the University of Pennsylvania (10) round out the seven schools that produced double-digit qualifiers, followed by Stanford (9), Columbia (8) and 16 other teams that complete the 144-fencer field (24 each in men's foil, men's epee, men's sabre, women's foil, women's epee and women's sabre). 

Scroll to bottom of page for full qualifier lists, sorted by weapon.

(Note – this page is very text-heavy ... we will be adding some headshots and action photos ... plenty more pre-NCAA coverage coming from CF360).

2012 NCAA Fencing Championship Entrants (sorted by school)
12 – Harvard, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Princeton and St. John's
11 – Penn State
10 – Penn
9 – Stanford
8 – Columbia
6 – Brown and Duke
5 – Northwestern
4 – Temple and Yale
3 – Air Force, Sacred Heart and Wayne State
2 – Boston College, Cornell, North Carolina and UC San Diego
1 – Brandeis, MIT, NYU and Vassar

2012 NCAA West Regional – Women's Fencing Results (courtesy CF360)

By Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)

Notes – Qualification for the 2012 NCAA Championships (March 22-25, at Ohio State) is based on a formula combination of Fencer Seed Factor/FSF (40%; from regular-season dual meets) and Regional finish (60%). The West Region has two automatic berths to the 2012 NCAA Championships in every weapon except men's epee (3). There is a maximum of two entries per school in each weapon. NCAA bids become official on March 13. In some cases, coaches have an option in selecting which fencers will comprise their entries in the NCAAs (if additional fencers meet the qualification standard). There also are two NCAA at-large spots in each weapon, open to fencers from any region (again, as long as team already has not qualified two in the particular weapon).

Rebecca Chung A 220

Stanford senior Rebecca Chung (right) fenced primarily foil
during the past two seasons (pictured), but she switched to epee
this season and now has a strong chance at making the 2012 NCAAs
(after beating teammate Ashley Titan in fence-off to win West Regional).

NCAA West Regional – 2012 Men's Fencing Results (courtesy CF360)

By Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)

Notes – Qualification for the 2012 NCAA Championships (March 22-25, at Ohio State) is based on a formula combination of Fencer Seed Factor/FSF (40%; from regular-season dual meets) and Regional finish (60%). The West Region has two automatic berths to the 2012 NCAA Championships in every weapon except men's epee (3). There is a maximum of two entries per school in each weapon. NCAA bids become official on March 13. In some cases, coaches have an option in selecting which fencers will comprise their entries in the NCAAs (if additional fencers meet the qualification standard). There also are two NCAA at-large spots in each weapon, open to fencers from any region (again, as long as team already has not qualified two in the particular weapon).

Kian Ameli A 220

Stanford junior men's epeeist Kian Ameli (right)

CLICK HERE for 2012 West Regional WOMEN'S recap (men's below)

Here's an overview of the NCAA West Regional fencing competition, held at Stanford. The format was a full round-robin (one pool, ranging from 9-13 fencers per weapon). Data below indicates Regional finish (W-L/total-points indicator), seed entering regional, basic bio. info. (class year and hometown), past finishes in Regional and NCAA Championship events, probable NCAA qualifiers, key bouts, and brief analysis (more headshot and action photos may be added, as available).

    editor@collegefencing360.com