NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After a spectacular season, Yale is sending ten fencers to compete in the NCAA Northeast Regionals, the maximum allowed number of fencers.
Last year, eight Bulldogs qualified and five will be returning this year: Epeeists Malcolm Miller, Isaac Shelanski, and Jonathan Xu, foilist Cameron Allen, and sabreur Walter Musgrave. Joining them will be five first years: epeeist Safi Haider, foilists Earnest Chen and Daniel Li, and sabreurs Kevin Callahan and Andrew Zhang.
In most NCAA fencing competitions, fencers win and lose as a team but at Regionals, everyone competes individually. Results at Regionals help to determine which fencers are among the top 24 in the nation who will earn a slot to compete at NCAA Nationals. Last year, Allen, Shelanski, and Xu all earned slots at Nationals. The maximum number of fencers any school is permitted to send to Nationals is six and captain Shelanski thinks it's highly likely for Yale to qualify six such fencers and have "a strong performance at NCAAs."
Going into the competition, all Bulldogs are ranked in the top half of their respective events, with five ranked in the top ten.
NCAA Northeast Regionals will be hosted by Columbia University and held at Vassar College. Fencing begins at 10 AM on Sunday and results can be found here.