GRANVILLE, Ohio - Denison women's fencing has qualified seven fencers for the 2020 NCAA Regional Championships held in Detroit, Mich. on March 7. This marks a huge accomplishment for the first-year varsity program under head coach Peter Grandbois.
Denison's epée squad tallied four qualifiers for regionals, including seniors Hayley LeBlanc and Tuuli Qin-Terrill, and juniors Diyanshu Emandi and Denise Seifert. From sabre, junior Sé DiFilippo, freshman Tessy Udoh, and sophomore Shivika Churiwalla also qualified for a trip to Detroit. To qualify, each fencer must compete in at least 21 varsity bouts while posting a win percentage of at least 25%. The maximum number of fencers that can qualify from a given team is 12.
Approximately four of the top fencers from each weapon and region will advance to the 2020 NCAA Women's Fencing Championships back in Detroit on March 19-23. While at regionals, the Big Red will run into familiar foes from the Division I level including Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Northwestern.
The regional event will be held on the University of Detroit Mercy's campus. It will be run as a round-robin pool separated by weapon with the top four fencers from each being those who have won the most bouts.
The Denison women's fencing team will next compete in the Midwest Conference Championship held in Columbus, Ohio on February 22-23.