- The NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Committee has announced the field of 144 competitors (72 men and 72 women) who will participate in the 2016 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships, and the field includes four from Temple University
Sophomore Safa Ibrahim
will represent the Owls in epee for a second year in a row, while three seniors are all making their first-ever NCAA appearances. Senior Demi Antipas
(foil), senior Jessica Hall
(epee) and senior Petra Khan
(sabre) have all earned the right to make the trip to Waltham, Mass.
Brandeis University will host the championships, set for March 24-27 at the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. 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.
Antipas is coming off a career-best second-place finish in foil at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional last weekend. Hall earned a career-best fourth-place finish in epee while Ibrahim took ninth, and Khan placed 14th in sabre for the Owls.
The qualification for the NCAA Championship is based on a formula comprising a 60 percent weight on regional performance and 40 percent on regular-season meets. Regional champions for each weapon automatically advance, with remaining bids going to fencers based on performance and the region they compete in. Each weapon's field is made up of just 24 total competitors.
More information about Temple's participants and when they will compete will be available in the coming week. For more information about the championships log on to NCAA.com. To catch live coverage of the event, log in to ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app. The semifinals and finals, along with other championships highlights, will air on ESPNU at 2:30 p.m. ET time on April 6.