Men's Fencing Has Five Qualify for NCAA Championships

PHILADEPHIA - Five different men's fencers were officially named to the field of 72 for the 2011 Fencing Championships, Mar. 24-27, as announced by the NCAA Fencing Committee on Tuesday.

Three of Penn's fencers will be making a return trip to NCAA's, while a pair of freshman give the Quakers five of a possible six fencers allowed in the championships. Senior Jacob Wischnia, junior Vidur Kapur and sophomore Evan Prochniak are all making their second appearance, while first-years Michael Mills and Clifford Fishler give depth to the Red and Blue

Prochniak was an honorable mention All-America selection in sabre last year and freshman Michael Mills will be looking to make a similar impact fencing in sabre. In the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, Prochniak placed second overall while Mills was sixth.

Wischnia, the team's captain, placed sixth at Regionals in epee and was followed by Fishler in seventh to earn two of the 24 spots in epee. Junior Vidur Kapur was Penn's lone foilist to qualify for the NCAA Championships and hopes to improve on last year's performance, when he finished ninth and was honored as honorable mention All-American.

The five qualifiers are the most for the men's team since 2007. That year the Red and Blue finished seventh overall and sixth on the men's side.

The Championships take place March 24-27 in Columbus, Ohio, on the campus of Ohio State, with the men fencing on the final two days of competition. Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top-four fencers fence semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places, and the losers being awarded a tie for third place. Absolute ties for the seeding will be broken as follows: for positions one through three, by a coin toss; for position four, by a fence-off.