Feb. 27, 2002
Stanford, Calif. --- Stanford will host the fencing Western Regional this weekend on Saturday, March 2. The Regionals are the qualifying factor for the NCAA Tournament, which will be held on March 21-25 in Madison, NJ.
Three people from each weapon (epee, sabre and foil) will qualify from each region, resulting in 24 people in the nation. Each school can only send two athletes per weapon for a maximum of 12 athletes.
Here are some if the top Stanford fencers looking for bids to the NCAA Championships.
Freshman Ken Jung competes in epee and is 20-14 this year. He has improved all season and earned a bronze medal at a Junior Canadian Circuit event earlier this year in Vancouver.
2001 All-American, senior Graham Allen, will also compete on epee for the Card. He is 16-10 this year and looks to improve upon his eighth place finish at the NCAA Tournament last year.
Senior Ben Brutlag is a walk-on who has had considerable success for Stanford this season. He posted a 21-13 record on sabre and will be looking for a spot at nationals.
Senior Dave LaValle will also compete on sabre with a 19-7 record this season. Lavalle was a 2000 All-American and placed 10th at the NCAA's that season.
Freshman Steve Gerber, who holds a 20-6 record on foil, is looking for his first trip to the NCAA's. Earlier this year Gerber won the Junior World Cup in Madrid and took silver at the Junior World Cup in London. For the second year in a row, he finished the year as the No. 1 Junior in the national point standings.
Sophomore Mark Mulholland is 22-11 on foil and is looking for his first NCAA appearance this season.
Sophomore Meghan Everett will defend her 2001 Western Regional sabre title. She comes into the weekend with a 32-6 record and is looking to better her 14th-place finish at the NCAA Tournament last season.
Sophomore co-captain Iris Zimmerman, undefeated in collegiate competition and defending NCAA Champion on foil, brings a 32-0 record to the Regionals. Zimmerman was a member of the 2000 Olympic team and has two World Championship bronze medals to her name.
Senior co-captain Diane Boudalis competes on sabre for the Cardinal and is 20-18 on the season. She is looking to qualify for her second consecutive NCAA bid.