NCAA Fencing Championship Selections Announced

29 Nov 2021 | 10:12 | Fencing

INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy League men’s and women’s fencing squads received 52 of the 144 bids to the NCAA Fencing Championships later this month when selections were announced late Tuesday night.

Columbia, which has the No. 1-ranked teams in both the men’s and women’s polls currently, received the maximum 12 bids for the combined championship, which will be held at Ohio State’s French Fieldhouse in Columbus, Ohio, March 19-22. Princeton received 11 bids, followed by Harvard with 10 and Penn with 8. Brown has five in the championship, while Cornell and Yale each have three.

Only Columbia and Notre Dame received the maximum number of slots for this year’s championship.

Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top-four finishers in each weapon will fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places, and the non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place.

An institution’s place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.

For more information about the championships log on to To catch live coverage of the event, log in to ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app. An hour long, documentary-style highlight show of the National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships will air on ESPNU at 3 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, April 8.