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Lafayette Set to Host NCAA Fencing Regionals

March 7, 2013

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EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette College will again be the host of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Championships for fencing on Saturday, March 9 in Kamine Gymnasium, as 13 teams totaling more than 200 student-athletes will compete, beginning at 8 a.m.

Nine Leopards have earned seeds in the regional: foilists Lisa DeJoseph, Colleen Way, Phillip Manna and Timothy Gaziano, epeeists David Jennings and David Eckelmann, sabreists Leah Hayden, Darrel Washington and Paul Dobrowsky. Daniel Robitzski and Allison Reich were also added as competitors due to scratches.

“Our Leopards will be lining up against some of the nation's best fencers on Saturday,” head coach Tom Gauntner said. “Not just top collegiate fencers, but best fencers period, including national champions and olympians. That's the kind of company that nine of Lafayette's fencers have earned the right to keep.”

In addition to Lafayette's participants, four top-10 men's squads (No. 1 Penn State, No. 5 Princeton, No. 8 Penn and No. 9 Duke) and four top-10 women's squads (No. 2 Princeton, No. 6 Penn State, No. 9 Temple and No. 10 Penn) will have representatives at the event.

Individual fencers at the regional include numerous NCAA champions, NCAA medalists and All-Americans, as well as 2012 Olympic hopefuls and World Championship participants.

"Lafayette is honored to host the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Fencing Championships," Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon said. "This is an outstanding event that provides a quality championship experience for the participants and provides wonderful exposure for the sport to the Lehigh Valley community."

Kamine Gymnasium is one of four regional hosts. Fencers are competing to advance to the NCAA Fencing Championships in San Antonio, Texas on March 21-24.

Lafayette is hosting an NCAA fencing regional for the second time in its history.

“These nine qualifiers are the exemplification of what it means to be a Lafayette Student-Athlete; Humble of themselves, but proud of their team,” Gauntner added. “They have learned how to be physically strong and mentally tough and no matter what adversity arises, they have committed internally to not only facing it, but defeating it.” 

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Temple University (Women only)
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