March 6, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern fencers will have one final opportunity Saturday to make a strong push toward qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Fencing Combined Men's and Women's Championship at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Detroit, Mich.
Northwestern's current roster boasts two fencers who have qualified for the NCAA Championship in the past with both having earned All-America honors. Epée captain Dina Bazarbayeva turned in an All-America performance as a freshman in 2011 and repeated the feat as a junior last season. Fresh off a gold medal at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championship, the Houston, Texas native will be looking to join an exclusive group of Wildcats who have earned All-America recognition three times.
In her second trip to the NCAA Championship as a sophomore a year ago, Courtney Dumas claimed a coveted spot on the All-America team. She also represented Northwestern at the 2012 event after winning the NCAA Midwest Regional in epée.
The field for the NCAA Fencing Championship features 144 total fencers or 72 women and an equal amount of men. Each weapon (foil, epée and sabre) features a group of 24 competitors with no more than two from any given school. Therefore, Northwestern can qualify up six fencers to continue the season in San Antonio, Texas, March 21-24. The NCAA qualifiers will be selected during the week of March 11.
Northwestern also has serious contenders in both foil and sabre, however none of those talented 'Cats have qualified for the NCAA Championships in their young careers. Sophomore Jen Yamin leads the foil squad, while freshman Stephanie Chan has enjoyed a remarkable campaign during her first season in Evanston. In sabre, a trio of freshman - Ania Parzecki, Cindy Oh and Alisha Gomez-Shah, also hope to make a push toward punching their tickets to Columbus.
In order to compete in the NCAA Regional, fencers must have at least 21 bouts against varsity opponents throughout the season with a minimum winning percentage of 20 percent in those bouts. In order to advance to the NCAA Championships, fencers are chosen with 60 percent of consideration based on results from the Midwest Regional while 40 percent is based on results from varsity bouts during the season.
The field for the NCAA Fencing Championship features 144 total fencers or 72 women and an equal amount of men. Each weapon (foil, epée and sabre) features a group of 24 competitors with no more than two from any given school. Therefore, Northwestern can qualify up six fencers to continue the season in Columbus, Ohio, March 20-21. The NCAA qualifiers will be selected on March 11.
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