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Lions Travel to NCAA Northeast Regional on Sunday

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Twenty-four Columbia-Barnard fencers are headed to Vassar College to compete in the 2022 NCAA Northeast Regionals on Sunday at Walker Field House. The Lions are sending the maximum number of qualifiers, 24, to the strips to face off against the region’s best during the one-day, eight-hour event.

The regional features fencers from 18 different schools. Registration begins at 8:30 am ET and ends for the three women’s weapons at 9:30 am Admission is free. Vassar’s updated spectator policies are posted at this link. Directions to Vassar College and Walker Field House are posted at this link.

Follow along with live results from the Northeast Regional at this link. Seedings are also listed at that link.

Two Columbia fencers will enter the weekend as No. 1 seeds: Sylvie Binder (women’s foil) and Ariana Mangano (women’s epee). A total of 17 Columbia fencers are ranked among the top-8 seeds in respective weapons. No. 2 seeds include Daniella Timofeyev (women’s saber), Zander Rhodes (women’s foil), Yana Botvinnik (women’s epee), Sidarth Kumbla (men’s foil), No. 3 seeds are Nora Burke (women’s sabre), Delphine Devore (women’s foil), Valentina Bos (women’s epee), and Ashton Daniel (men’s foil).

Sunday’s Northeast Regional marks the start of postseason fencing for the highly ranked Lions squads. The Men are currently in the No. 2 spot in US Fencing Coaches Poll, while the women are also tabbed at No. 3 in the nation. The next coaches’ poll will be announced later this week.

Columbia is looking to build on regular season momentum as the Lions’ men’s team won its seventh in the last eight Ivy League championships with a perfect 4-0 record and finished 27-5 overall in dual matches, while the women’s squad finished tied for second at the Ivy League Round Robins with a 4-2 record and also went 28-6-1 overall in dual matches.

NCAA Northeast Regional competition helps determine the qualifying fencers for the NCAA Division I National Championship, which will take place in the Catellan Family Fencing Center at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind. from March 24-27. Columbia hopes to send 12 fencers to South Bend. Only Columbia’s top two fencers for each of the six weapons (three men’s and three women’s) can qualify for the National Championships. In the end, the qualifiers are determined by a formula based on 60 percent weight on regional boots and 40 percent weight on regular season results. No qualifiers are official until the NCAA’s announcement on Tuesday, March 15 when NCAA Championship selections are posted.

Competing teams in the NCAA Northeast Regional include Boston College, Brandeis, Brown, City College of New York, Columbia-Barnard, Cornell, Harvard, Hunter, LIU, MIT, NYU, Sacred Heart, St. John’s, Tufts, Vassar, Wellesley, and Yeshiva.

The Northeast Regional is one four NCAA fencing regionals as the others include: Mid-Atlantic/South (Princeton, NJ), Midwest (Ohio State), and West (Incarnate Word). More information on the system is available at this link.


(numbers depicted seeds upon entering Sunday’s competition)

Women’s Saber
2. Daniella Timofeyev
3. Nora Burke
6. Chiara DiPerna
11. Vera Kong
14. Chloe Gouhin

Women’s Foil
1. Sylvie Binder
2. Zander Rhodes
3. Delphine Devore

Women’s Epie
1. Ariana Mangano
2. Yana Botvinnik
3. Valentina Bos
8. Mina Yamanaka

Men’s Saber
5. Christopher Walker
6 Josef Cohen
8. Robert Vidovszky
18. Jackson McBride

Men’s Foil
2. Sidarth Kumbla
3. Ashton Daniel
8. James Portis
10. Andrew Zheng

Men’s Epie
5. Teddy Lombardo
9. Julian Maldonaldo
10. Justin Haddad
11. Alan Temiryaev

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