Darren Yen of the New York University men's fencing team placed third in Division I Saber at the United States National Championships on Thursday, April 21, in Charlotte, NC.
Yen's finish is made even more impressive considering the strength of the field, which included 111 of the nation's best fencers. Yen fell to Cody Walter Ji in the semifinal bout. Eli Derschwitz, former World #1 and two-time Olympian, took home the gold medal in the event. No third-place bout was held, so Yen earned bronze alongside Jared Smith from the University of Notre Dame, who placed sixth at last month's NCAA Championships.
"This was an incredible result and demonstrated that his result at the NCAA Regionals was just a bad day," Head Coach Steve Mormando said.
The Violet junior outplaced Luke Linder, the 2021 National Champion from Notre Dame, Tokyo Olympian Khalil Thompson, and Olympic alternate Josef Cohen.
In July 2021, Yen won the gold medal at the USA Fencing Summer Nationals in Philadelphia, PA.
Yen tallied a 33-18 record for NYU on the strip this year. His season highlight came at the Temple University Open in October, where the New Jersey native won gold.
Yen was not the only Violet to find success in Charlotte, however. Senior Liam Carpenter finished 20th in epee, while former NYU fencer Quinton Burgunder ('17) finished in seventh place in saber and All-American alumni Philip Shin ('18) placed 15th in foil.
"If I had to select two athletes who had a tough year, Carpenter and Yen would be the two that I would pick to have a good result. Carpenter went to the NCAA Championships but had a horrible illness, and Yen had a rough go at Regionals and came here and finished third," Mormando said.
"It was just a great day for NYU!"