Shin Finishes Fourth, Qualifies for NCAA Fencing Championship
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – For the second year in a row junior Robin Shin (Brookline, Mass.) earned a spot at the upcoming NCAA Fencing Championship, this time courtesy of a fourth-place sabre finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional held on Sunday at Boston College. Freshman Sarah Alkilany (Brooklyn, N.Y.) ranked eighth in the epee competition, resulting in the first at-large spot for the field. Freshman Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) had the best showing for the foil team as she secured 24th place.
Following a first round bye, Shin won all six of her bouts before taking second place with a 3-3 ledger in the next rotation. She capped off the day with a 7-4 mark, good enough for a career-best fourth-place ranking. Senior Molly Kozminsky (Port Matilda, Pa.) also represented the sabre squad as her records of 2-4 in the second and third rounds put her in 15th place overall.
Alkilany went undefeated in the first round of pool play and then posted a total of 5-1 in the second round to finish second in her group. She had a 3-3 outing in the next pool as her fourth-place ranking put her in the final rotation where her tally of 4-7 resulted in eighth place. Senior Kirsten Hessler (Roswell, Ga.) captured 15th, the best finish of her career. She began the day with a second-place ledger of 3-1, secured third place in the next round courtesy of a 4-2 performance, and then finished fifth with a total of 2-4 in the third round.
In their first appearances at the NCAA Regional, seniors Breanna Peterman (Selden, N.Y.) and Rachel Williams (Merritt Island, Fla.) ranked 26th and 35th, respectively, in the epee field. The pair both notched records of 3-1 in the first round, securing first place in their pools. Unfortunately, Peterman only picked up two wins while Williams was defeated in all six bouts.
Shi captured 24th place in the foil competition by finishing second in her pool with a 3-1 mark and then going 2-4 in the second round. Senior Julia Hopkins (New York, N.Y.) was 32nd as she split her four bouts in the first rotation before falling to all six of her opponents in the next pool. Junior Julia Kimmerly (Middlesex, Vt.) was 1-3 and senior Ana Escalante (Los Angeles, Calif.) went 0-4, resulting in final rankings of 37th and 40th.