In the annals of human history, a few great inventions have revolutionised fencing. The first of these, the mask, sharply reduced the rate of decapitations in matches. The second of these, electricity, allowed for fencing matches to be held at night. The third and most important of these, this website, allows you to understand what's happening in the NCAA Fencing Championships without actually having to do any math. Truly, we live in an age of wonder.
All of the data used here comes from the lovely people at escrimeresults.com. "NCAA" is a trademark of the NCAA,"Fencing" is a trademark of President Usmanov, and "Championship" is a trademark of the University of Notre Dame (for now, anyway) in the United States and of the University of Edinbugh in the United Kingdom.
Site credits: Andrew Fischl (who once had a coconut apologize for almost falling on him), and Elijah Granet (who never misses the boat because the boat won't leave without him) as well as a special thanks to anyone and everyone who had a suggestion on how to make the site better/more cohesive (no matter how useless or helpful those suggestions actually were). Those people were, in no particular order of helplessness or usefulness: Greg Puccio (most helpless), Tavish Pegram (most useless), Jamie Craze (most helpful), and Will Spear (most useful).
The format of the NCAA Fencing Championships is as follows: for each combination of weapon and gender (men's and women's sabre, epee, and foil), there are 24 competitors. Some schools have entered as many as 12 competitors across the various events, while others have just one. No event can have more than two competitors from any one school.
Every competitor fences 23 five-touch bouts over the course of their two day event (i.e. each competitor fences every other competitor). The three men's events are fenced on Thursday March 21nd, and Friday March 22rd, while the women's events are fenced on Saturday March 23th and Sunday March 24th. A more detailed schedule is given below.
The six individual championships are determined by a four person bracket made up of the top four individual finishers in each event. Fifteen-touch bouts then determine the winner of the individual championship.
The team championship is determined by aggregating the number of wins in the regular competition (i.e. the fifteen-touch individual championship bouts do not affect the outcome of the team championships). The team with the most wins is crowned team champion.
This website helps followers of the NCAA Fencing Championships observe how close a team is to winning this championship. The following information is available for all schools: the school's place in the competition, the number of fencers each team has qualified to compete, the amount of bouts won so far, the win percentage, how many bouts remain, and (except for the first place school) how many bouts behind the leader each school is.
The school in the top row is the school in first place. For this school, the number of bouts a school needs to "clinch" the championship is displayed (with the win percentage needed to "clinch" in parentheses). A school has "clinched" (i.e. won the NCAA Championships), when no school, even with a 100% win percentage, could surpass said school's total bouts. When the first place school has clinched, a special message will indicate this.
For all other schools, the number of bouts they need to win to catch the leading school is displayed with the win percentage needed to take the lead in parentheses.