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Gao Earns Bid to NCAA Fencing Championships

March 14, 2018

Jill Guise
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Johns Hopkins sophomore Epeeist Tiger Gao has earned a berth to the 2018 NCAA Fencing Championships it was announced Tuesday afternoon. Of the 72 men’s fencers selected for the championship, Gao is one of just six from a Division III school.

Gao is the first Blue Jay fencer, men’s or women’s, to make the NCAA Championships since Foilist David Ferguson in 2007. He is the first Epeeist to compete at NCAAs since Dan Zielinski in 2006.

Gao was seeded number one in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional and finished in fourth place with an 11-10 record on the day. He sports a 55-22 record entering the NCAA Championships and is 129-57 in his two seasons with the Blue Jays.

Pennsylvania State University will host the championships at the Multi-Sport Facility in University Park, Pennsylvania March 22-25, 2018. The National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships include individual events in each of the six weapons (men’s épée, men’s foil, men’s sabre, women’s épée, women’s foil and women’s sabre). The men’s épée is slated to begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 24 with rounds 1-3. Rounds 4-5 will are scheduled for Sunday, March 25 beginning at 9:00 am with the semifinal and championships bouts scheduled for 1:00 pm.

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.