The North Carolina fencing team sent two representatives to the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships, which wrapped up Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
Sophomore Joe Alter and senior Katie Williamson were the only two Tar Heels to qualify for the championship.
“As a senior, I knew this was my last chance to compete and it is something I have been working toward for all four years,” Williamson said.
A Season Review
- The UNC men’s and women’s fencing teams began their seasons on Nov. 6 in Philadelphia at the Temple Intercollegiate Open. Here are some highlights from their full season.
Dec. 5 The men and women both went 2-4 at the Sacred Heart Invitational in Fairfield, Conn.
Jan. 29 UNC struggled in Philadelphia, with the men going 2-5 and the women getting only one win. Both teams defeated Drew.
Feb. 12 The men topped Johns Hopkins but lost to No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 9 Duke in Durham.
Feb. 28 North Carolina tied for third overall out of 14 teams at the U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships in New York. The men finished third and the women grabbed fourth.
Alter won five bouts and finished 23rd in the men’s foil competition. Williamson won 11 bouts and finished 13th in the women’s foil, one spot away from qualifying to be an All-American.
To qualify, a fencer must be seeded within a certain range at the end of the regular season and place within a certain range in the regional qualifier. Forty percent is based on the regular season and 60 is based on regional qualifying.