COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the second straight year Laura Decker qualified for the NCAA fencing championships. The senior placed second in the sabre event.
The championships will be held at French Fieldhouse and St. John Arena on the Ohio State campus in Columbus, March 24-27.
Decker was victorious in seven of her eight bouts with her only defeat coming against Heather Nelson of Air Force. It is the second straight year that Nelson knocked off Decker for the gold medal spot on the podium.
"Laura fenced very well today," fifth year head coach Michael D'Asaro said. "She had a job to do and she did it fantastically."
Four other Caltech fencers participated in the event. Terry Lee, Stanford Schor and Anson Lam all participated in the epee competition. The trio finished 10th, 12th and 13th respectively.
Eugene Vinitsky placed 12th in the foil competition.
"The team is very new. It's very difficult going into a tournament like this as an underdog and fare well. I was a valuable learning experience and gives them something to build on for next season," D'Asaro said.
The NCAA West Region is comprised of Stanford, Air Force, UCSD and Caltech. The Beavers are the only NCAA Division III institution while the other three are classified as NCAA Division I. For fencing events, the NCAA doesn't differentiate between divisions.