On Sunday afternoon, after four days of competition, the NCAA fencing tournament came down to one last deciding round of bouts. Princeton was neck-and-neck with St. John’s, fighting for a spot in the top three.
“We knew that Ohio State and Columbia were already out of reach, but we knew we could beat the other two teams,” coach Zoltan Dudas said.
Cheering teammates were running back and forth across the room. The women, who had finished fencing a few days before, were particularly loud. Junior Alex House had finished his bouts in épée, but couldn’t bring himself to watch. He knew the tournament came down to those final minutes — he was too nervous. Continue reading