Buckeyes Remain On top

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HOUSTON TX -- For the third consecutive day, defending national champion Ohio State leads by 8 points over St. Johns at the 2005 NCAA National Collegiate Fencing Championships hosted by Rice University and the Harris County Houston Sports Authority held at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

OSU tallied 48 points on the first day of women's bouts for a total of 142 for the championships. St. Johns continued to be a threat scoring 50 points today and has 134 points for the weekend. Notre Dame made the day's biggest leap, with 129 total points on the strength of 59 points scored by the women.

Notre Dames, Mariel Zagunis won 13 of her 14 bouts in womens saber. The Olympic gold medalist holds a two victory lead over Sophia Hiss of Penn State and freshman Emily Jacobson of Columbia. Hiss won the silver medal last year in womens saber.

In womens foil, Jacqueline Leahy of Princeton and Erzsabet Garay of St. Johns had strong performances, both achieving 13 victories in their first day of competition. 2004 champion Alicja Kryczalo of Notre Dame and Emily Cross of Harvard trail by only one victory with 12.

Womens epee has tight competition with Holly Buechel of Pennsylavania holding a one victory lead over Columbias Elizabeth Morgan Midgley, Alexie Rubin and Penn States Case Szarwark.

The Womens competition continues at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.