NCAA Championships Recap: St. John's Places Fifth|
March 24, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. – With 139 total points, St. John’s placed fifth at the 2013 NCAA Championships, extending head coach Yury Gelman’s streak of finishing sixth or better to 18 years. Seven of the Red Storm’s 11 competitors earned All-American honors, including two First Team members – junior Anna Limbach and redshirt senior Daryl Homer.
Homer earned his fourth-career appearance on the All-American First Team by tying for third place in men’s saber, while Limbach made her second-career All-American First Team by placing second in women’s saber. Both Limbach and Homer fenced in the final rounds, which were broadcasted live on ESPN3.
Princeton won its first-ever NCAA Championship team title with 182 points. Notre Dame placed second with 175 points, while Penn State placed third with 163 points, and Ohio State placed fourth with 146 points. For complete results, click here.
After finishing off the preliminary rounds with a 22-1 record, Homer clinched the top spot in the men’s saber standings, earning one of the four spots in the semifinals. However, the 2012 U.S. Olympian fell short of his third-career individual NCAA Championship, losing to Shaul Gordon of Penn State by a score of 15-14. Homer finished tied for third and earned First-Team All-American honors for the fourth time in his career.
His squadmate, senior Sean Buckley, went 9-14 to place 16th. Buckley capped off his St. John’s career with a senior season in which he went 49-8 and earned National Fencer of the Week honors for the week of Jan. 30, 2013. Buckley is also a two-time Second-Team All-American.
In his NCAA Championships debut, freshman Michele Caporizzi went 14-9 to place ninth and become an All-American honorable mention. His squadmate, junior Eli Schenkel, an All-American honorable mention last season, placed 18th with an 8-15 record.
Making his first appearance in men’s epee at the NCAA Championships, senior Adam Watson went 12-11 to place 12th and become an All-American honorable mention. Watson, who earned a top-32 finish at the Heidenheim World Cup in February, finished his St. John’s career with a senior year in which he posted a 42-15 regular season record.
Limbach went 18-5 in the preliminary rounds, finishing with the second-most points and earning her second-straight trip to the NCAA semifinals. She then advanced to her first-ever NCAA final round by defeating freshman Gracie Stone of Princeton, 15-9. Limbach was then matched up with Stone’s older sister, senior Eliza Stone, a fellow two-time First Team All-American. In the finals, Limbach jumped out to a 9-4 lead, but the Eliza Stone rallied back to win her first-career NCAA Championship, 15-10. Limbach finished her junior season by making her second-career All-American First Team.
In her NCAA Championship debut, freshman Margaret McDonald narrowly missed being an All-American honorable mention, placing 13th with an 11-12 record.
Freshman Marta Hausman earned All-American honorable mention status in her NCAA Championships debut, placing 11th with a 12-11 record. Three-time First Team All-American senior Evgeniya Kirpicheva placed 12th with an 11-12 record. The 2012 individual NCAA Champion was named an All-American honorable mention, earning All-American status for the fourth-time in her St. John’s career.
Junior Alina Ferdman placed 10th with a 12-11 record, earning All-American honorable mention status. Ferdman, who placed sixth last season, is now a two-time All-American. Her squadmate and classmate Zsofia Fath went 10-13 to place 16th.
ABOUT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 144 total competitors (24 per weapon) in the NCAA Championships fence in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top-four finishers fence in a semifinal round with 15-touch bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places, and the losers being awarded a tie for third place.
A school’s placement in the championships is based on points earned by each individual. A team is awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.
St. John’s was one of six schools that qualified 11 fencers (the others were Columbia, Harvard, Ohio State, Penn State, and Stanford). Only two schools – Notre Dame and Princeton – qualified the maximum of 12 (two per weapon).
Since men's and women's teams began competing together in 1990, St. John's has won one NCAA Championship (2001), has made five runner-up finishes, and has had 19 individual NCAA Champions.
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