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Bulldogs Fence Well at Regionals

Photo by Dom Clark
Photo by Dom Clark

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - After a grueling day of fencing, the Bulldogs ended Regionals with five athletes making the final pool of their respective events. At Regionals, fencers compete as individuals, facing off in three rounds of pools with cuts after each round. Only the top third of entrants from around the Northeast make the final round of pools so for so many Bulldogs to make the final round is impressive.

The highest placing Bulldog of the day was junior and squad captain Michelle Nam. Last year, she placed thirteenth, only one spot away from making the final pool. This year, after a remarkable day of fencing, she not only made the third round; she finished fourth overall. Joining her in the last pool was first year Shirley Wang, who ended her Regionals debut in tenth, followed by senior Lucy Friedmann, who took fourteenth.
The foil squad also saw impressive finishes all around. Senior and captain Sarah Pak placed fifth. This is the highest Regionals finish of her NCAA career and she will be graduating on a high note. Also earning a spot into the final pool was junior Anna Zhou, who finished eighth after an impressive day of fencing. Missing the last round by only a few slots was sophomore Camille Pham, who ended the day at fifteenth.
Only one sabreur competed in regionals: sophomore squad captain Lauren Kim. Kim represented the Bulldogs well, and improved on her performance from last year to take tenth place overall.
While the official list of fencers competing at the NCAA Nationals has yet to be released, with such strong performances at Regionals, Yale is likely to send several fencers to cross swords with the best college fencers in the country.