STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Ė Duke freshman saber Becca Ward sits in first place after the first four rounds of the NCAA Fencing Championships on day one of the women’s competition at Penn State University on Saturday.
Ward, who won two bronze medals in the women’s saber competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, went 13-1 in the opening round with her only loss coming in a 5-4 defeat. Ward, who led all Duke fencers with a 53-2 record during the regular season, led all 24 members of the women’s saber field in touches scored (69), touches received (24) and differential (+45).
A freshman from Portland, Ore., Ward won the women’s saber competition at the Atlantic/South Regional on March 7 and will have a shot at her first NCAA title during the final three rounds on Sunday, March 22. Her efforts on the third day of the NCAA Championships netted 13 points for Duke, vaulting the Blue Devils into a tie for 10th place.
Duke freshman foil Dan Cohen was the top Duke men’s finisher during the men’s competition on Friday and Saturday, notching sixth place in his first appearance at the NCAA Championships. Cohen went 15-4 during the two-day stretch. Senior Peter Truszkowski took 16th in the men’s saber competition, while freshman epee Jonathan Parker took 22nd and sophomore foil Dorian Cohen finished 21st.
Ward will open Sunday’s competition at 9:30 p.m. The gold medal round will take place at 2 p.m.
For complete results, visit the official site of NCAA fencing at http://www.ncaa.com/sports/c-fenc/ncaa-c-fenc-body.html.