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2017 NCAA Fencing Championships Replay to Air Wednesday on ESPNU

04/04/2017, 11:30pm CDT
By Kristen Henneman

Two-time Olympian Lee Kiefer (left) defeated Canadian National Team member Alanna Goldie (Ohio State) to win her fourth straight NCAA title for Notre Dame. Photo Credit: Notre Dame Athletic Department

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – ESPNU will air a two-hour special tomorrow of the 2017 NCAA Championships at 2:30 p.m. ET/ 12:30 p.m. MT.

The replay will include highlights from this year’s event where Notre Dame won its ninth team championship and will feature action from the semifinals and finals of all six individual competitions.

The event, which took place at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Ind., saw four fencers earn their first individual titles while in women’s foil and women’s saber, familiar faces claimed the top spot on the podium.

The 2017 individual champions are as follows:

  • Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky. / Foil / Notre Dame) Just a week after earning the No. 1 World Ranking, the two-time Olympian won her fourth straight NCAA title, becoming just the third collegiate fencer to earn four individual titles.
  • Anna Van Brummen (Houton, Texas / Epee / Princeton) The two-time Senior World Team member defeated teammate and Rio Olympian Kat Holmes to become Princeton’s first women’s epee champion.
  • Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J. / Saber / Notre Dame) The 2013 Junior World Team Champion won her second individual championship in three years, overcoming a 14-13 deficit to take the gold.
  • Andras Nemeth (Budapest, Hungary / Foil / St. John’s) The four-time Junior World Team member for Hungary defeated 2016 Olympic silver medalist Alex Massialas in the semifinals and became the first Red Storm foil fencer to win an individual national title.
  • Cooper Schumacher (Parsippany, N.J. / Epee / St. John’s) The No. 2 fencer in the USA Fencing National Team Standings earned the top seed entering the direct elimination rounds with 17 victories en route to his first national title.
  • Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass. / Saber / Harvard) The Rio Olympian dominated the pools, winning 21 of 23 bouts to become Harvard’s first men’s fencer to win an individual title since 2007.

Five Olympians and five returning NCAA champions reached the semifinals in their respective events, helping create exciting and high-level competition at this year’s national championships.

Click here for a complete list of results at the 2017 NCAA Fencing Championships.


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