29 Nov 2021 | 10:08 | Fencing
PRINCETON, N.J. — The seven women’s teams and six men’s teams in the Ivy League are set for fencing action this weekend at NCAA regional sites in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Bethlehem, Pa.
Penn and Princeton will participate in the Mid-Atlantic/South Regional on the campus of Moravian College on Saturday. Brown, Cornell, Harvard and Yale will join defending national champion Columbia at the Northeast Regional on Sunday at Vassar College.
The Ivy League teams are well represented in the latest CollegeFencing360.com polls. Columbia is No. 1 on the men’s side, followed by Penn at No. 3, Harvard at No. 5 and Princeton at No. 8 in the most recent rankings.
Columbia is also ranked No. 1 on the women’s side. Princeton is No. 3, Harvard is No. 4 and Penn is ranked eighth. The Lions ranked No. 1 on both sides of the poll in 2015 as well.
Columbia shared the men’s Ivy League title with Penn and Princeton, while the Lion women split the title with Harvard and Princeton at the Round-Robins in early February.
The entire list of individuals selected for the NCAA Fencing Championships will be announced on Tuesday, March 15. The National Championship will be held March 24-27 at Gosman Sports and Convocation Center in Waltham, Mass.
The qualification for the NCAA Championship is based on a formula comprising a 60 percent weight on regional performance and 40 percent regular-season meets. Regional championships for each weapon automatically advance, with remaining bids going to fencers based on performance and the region they compete in. Twenty-four spots in the epee, foil and sabre for both men’s and women’s competitors will be distributed.