Penn State leads with 63 points on Day 1 of the NCAA championships
SAN ANTONIO -- Penn State is in first place in the overall team standings after Day 1 of the 2013 NCAA Fencing Championships. The Nittany Lions accumulated 63 points through the first three rounds of the men's events, a commanding 12-point lead ahead of second-place Princeton. Harvard and Notre Dame are tied for third place with 50 team points.
Penn State was the only team to have six fencers finish within the top 10 of their respective events. Four of those six finished within the top five.
The Nittany Lions were the only team with two men's foil members in the top five at the end of day one. David Willette sits in third place after winning 12 of his 15 bouts. Olympian Miles Chamley-Watson defeated 11 of his 15 opponents, which puts him in fifth place. Willette and Chamley-Watson, who boast a combined five All-American nods, will both look to earn their first individual title on Friday when the competition resumes.
The Nittany Lions also had two men's saber members in the top five at the end of Day 1. Team captain Adrian Bak defeated 13 of 15 competitors to finish in second place. Bak will look to make his first appearance in the medal round on Friday and capture his third All-American status. Freshman Shaul Gordon won 10 of his 15 bouts, putting him in fifth place.
Penn State ended the first three rounds with two members in the top 10 of men's epee. Sophomore Benjamin Russell ended Day 1 in seventh place after defeating nine of his 15 opponents. Senior Vernon O'Garra sits in 10th place after winning eight of his 15 bouts.
The women's competition will begin on Saturday and will follow the same schedule as the men's events.