COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brandeis University sophomore Julian Cardillo (Medford, Mass./St. Johns Prep) finished in 19th place out of 24 foil fencers at the NCAA National Collegiate Fencing Championships held at the Ohio State University this weekend.
Cardillo, who placed 17th at the 2011 NCAA championships, won seven of his 23 bouts, two fewer than a year ago. His best win came in the first round of action, when he bested Reggie Bentley of Notre Dame University, 5-2. Bentley went on to finish in fifth place. He also defeated Yale's Shiv Kachru, who went on to finish in seventh place, by a 5-3 margin.
Cardillo's other victories came against Barrett Weiss of Brown (5-2); Kevin Nadeau of North Carolina (5-1); Philip Choy of Air Force (5-2); Marcus Howard of Princeton (5-0) and Stuart Holmes of Sacred Heart (5-1). Overall, four of Cardillo's wins came on his first day of competition and two on his second day.
With Cardillo's seven points, Brandeis finished 23rd out of 25 schools at the NCAA Fencing championships. They were third out of four Division III schools, behind Vassar (12 pts.) and NYU (11 pts.) and ahead of MIT (5 pts.). Host Ohio State won the championship with 182 points, 21 better than Princeton and 22 over Notre Dame.