The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Committee has announced the field of 144 competitors who will participate in the 2021 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships. This year’s fencing championships will consist of participants from 20 member institutions. Pennsylvania State University will host the championships at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania, March 25-28, 2021.
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NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships Semifinals/Finals on ESPN3
A live feed of the semifinal and final bouts will be available on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN App beginning at 1 p.m. ET on both Friday and Sunday. The semifinals and finals, along with other championship highlights, will air on ESPNU at 4 p.m. ET on April 15. For more information about the championships, log onto NCAA.com or visit the championship central website here.
Thursday, March 25
Men’s Épée | Rounds 1-3 | 9 a.m.
Men’s Foil | Rounds 1-3 | 11 a.m.
Men’s Sabre | Rounds 1-3 | 1:30 p.m.
Friday, March 26
Men’s Épée | Rounds 4-5 | 9 a.m.
Men’s Foil | Rounds 4-5 | 9 a.m.
Men’s Sabre | Rounds 4-5 | 9 a.m.
Men’s competition will resume later in the day Thursday with the semifinals and final bouts in the order listed below.
Men’s Épée | Semifinals/Final | 1 p.m.
Men’s Foil | Semifinals/Final | 1 p.m.
Men’s Sabre | Semifinals/Final | 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 27
Women’s Épée | Rounds 1-3 | 9 a.m.
Women’s Foil | Rounds 1-3 | 11 a.m.
Women’s Sabre | Rounds 1-3 | 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 28
Women’s Épée | Rounds 4-5 | 9 a.m.
Women’s Foil | Rounds 4-5 | 9 a.m.
Women’s Sabre | Rounds 4-5 | 9 a.m.
Women’s competition will resume later in the day Thursday with the semifinals and final bouts in the order listed below.
Women’s Épée | Semifinals/Final | 1 p.m.
Women’s Foil | Semifinals/Final | 1 p.m.
Women’s Sabre | Semifinals/Final | 1 p.m
At least 10 fencers from each of the ACC’s four programs were chosen for the championships. Notre Dame led all ACC schools with a dozen selections, while North Carolina and Boston College each had 11 and Duke racked up 10 bids.
Notre Dame joined Penn State and UC San Diego as the lone programs to qualify the maximum of 12 student-athletes (six men, six women) to the 2021 championships, with two at each of the six weapons. Seeking the 11th NCAA team championship in program history, the Fighting Irish are the only program nationally to send 12 fencers to the NCAA Championships in each of the last seven seasons.
The National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships include individual events in each of six weapons (men’s épée, men’s foil, men’s sabre, women’s épée, women’s foil and women’s sabre).
Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After round robin, the top-four finishers in each weapon will fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with winners fencing to determine first and second places, and non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place.
An institution’s place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes during a round-robin competition.
NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships 2021 Overview
The Irish fencing program has qualified the maximum of 12 fencers (two per weapon, per gender) to this year’s NCAA Championships, hosted by Penn State University. The Championships will be played in a five-round round-robin format — with each fencer accumulating points with wins during the round-robin — followed by the individual semifinal and championship bouts. Round-robin bouts will be played to five touches, while the semifinals and finals will be 15-touch bouts. Each point earned contributes to a team score to determine the combined men’s and women’s team championship. The men will fence on Thursday and Friday, followed by the women on Saturday and Sunday.