STANFORD, Calif. – The NCAA officially announced on Tuesday the competitors who will be going to Columbus, Ohio for the NCAA Championships March 20-23.
Stanford qualified seven individuals for the national championships, including three who won NCAA West Regional titles. Of the seven who will make the trip, four are on the men’s team and three on the women’s squad.
“We are headed to Ohio with a strong seven fencers,” said head coach Lisa Milgram. “I am expecting great results from our five veterans and am excited to see how our two freshmen perform.”
Massialas won the NCAA Championship in foil last season as a freshman, the program’s 10th individual national title and first since 2001. Kong earned bronze in her freshman year last season, garnering first team All-America honors. Harbour was the top finisher in men’s epee for Stanford, coming in 18th overall at the NCAA Championships.
The other two men’s fencers heading to Columbus are junior Paul Riviere in men’s epee and freshman Stephen Aman in men’s foil. While Aman will make his NCAA Championships debut, Riviere will look to improve on his 21st place finish a year ago.
Senior Francesca Bassa and freshman Alexa Rohan will round out the list of Stanford fencers making the trip. Bassa was tabbed second team All-America in 2013 after finishing seventh. She will close out her college career in epee. On the other end of the spectrum, Rohan will be competing for the first time and is the lone Stanford representative in sabre.
Ohio State will be hosting the NCAA Championships at French Fieldhouse. 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.