SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Feb. 5, 2017) – Caltech men's fencing claimed two victories over Division I opponents at the Northwestern Duals as a quintet of Beavers officially qualified for the NCAA West Regional Championships on Saturday and Sunday.
Senior Matthew Jin (Fremont, Calif. / Mission San Jose), juniors Ethan Lo (Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto Senior) and Spencer Strumwasser (Carlsbad, Calif. / Canyon Crest Acad.), and sophomores Aaron Shih (Santa Monica, Calif. / Harvard-Westlake) and Qifan Wang (Vancouver, B.C., Canada / Semiahmoo Secondary) all qualified for the Regionals, to be held March 4 at Stanford University, while leading the team to victories over the University of the Incarnate Word (18-9) and the University of Detroit Mercy (14-13). Wang racked up a team-high 15 victories over 27 bouts across three matchups with national Top-10 opposing teams and a fourth which received votes in the latest poll, with Jin recording 10 and Lo notching nine.
While the èpeè had a typical strong showing, both foil and saber came up with big contributions in this competition. Saber made the biggest difference in the win over shorthanded UIW with a 9-0 sweep while foil also notched a 6-3 edge and claimed a 5-4 weapon victory in the 16-11 defeat to Cleveland State University. The closest matchup of the weekend still fell entirely on the èpeè team's shoulders, however, as Lo, Strumwasser and Wang posted a dominant 8-1 win to squeak out the 14-13 overall victory against Detroit.
Head Coach Carla Corbit and the Beavers will prepare for this coming weekend's IFCSC competition hosted at the University of California, San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 11 before returning home for the conference championships hosted by Caltech on Sunday, Feb. 26.