OSU
Shaito

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Spurred by Mona Shaito’s flawless day, Ohio State is tied for first after Day 1 of competition at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

The Buckeyes collected 51 victories on Thursday. They are tied with Notre Dame and Penn State.

The Scarlet and Gray are third in foil, fourth in epee and tied for fifth in sabre.

Shaito leads all fencers with 14 victories as she won each of her bouts through the first four rounds of pool play. Foilist Allison Henvick added four wins and sits in 19th.

Katarzyna Dabrowa positioned herself for a Final Four run by finishing fourth with 11 victories in epee. She defeated Ashley Severson and Nicole Ameli of Notre Dame in the first round. Severson and Ameli finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Caroline Piasecka is just three wins off of Dabrowa’s record with eight wins, good for 10th place.

Buckeye sabreists Margarita Tschomakova and Alison Miller finished the day back-to-back at 13th and 14th, respectively. Each fencer picked up seven victories, but Tschomakova’s +5 indicator earned the tiebreak. Tschomakova handed Duke’s Rebecca Ward, who finished second, her only loss of the day in the fourth round, 5-4.