The 2012-13 academic year was a memorable one for Northwestern. Over the next several weeks, we will celebrate the conference championships, noteworthy wins and significant milestones that the Wildcats accumulated during the past year. Be sure to follow along at NUsports.com as we revisit the top 20 moments.
|Moment No. 10
|Date||March 24, 2013|
|Location||Freeman Coliseum | San Antonio, Texas|
|Original Story||Three Wildcats Earn All-America Honors as NU Finishes Ninth at NCAA Championship|
|Social Media||@NCatFencing | Northwestern Fencing|
|Top 20 Countdown||Northwestern's Top 20 Moments of 2012-13 Countdown|
Since taking the reins of Northwestern's fencing program in 1978, head coach Laurie Schiller has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success. The eight-time Midwest Fencing Conference Coach of the Year has amassed almost 1,150 victories on the strips and has built a culture synonymous with sustained success. Since the 1999-2000 season, the Wildcats have finished no lower than ninth at the NCAA Championship; during that time NU has averaged 34 dual victories per year.
In late March, four 'Cats made the journey to the Lone Star State with a keen eye toward extending Northwestern's historic streak. Led by not one, not two, but three All-America efforts, the quartet compiled 44 victories to secure yet another top-10 placement at the national-championship meet in San Antonio, Texas.
Senior Dayana Sarkisova entered her final collegiate competition with three All-America awards already under her belt and in San Antonio she made it a perfect 4-for-4. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native won 13 bouts, including three of her final four, to finish eighth overall in foil. Sarkisova joins Julia Földi, Sam Nemecek and Christa French as the programs only four-time All-Americans.
The most wins for the Wildcats at the NCAA Championships were contributed by its newest All-American, Courtney Dumas. The sophomore tallied 14 victories in epée to garner a ninth-place finish and become Northwestern's 14th different All-America honoree under Schiller.
The 2013 All-America trio was rounded out by junior Dina Bazarbayeva. Competing alongside Dumas in epée, the native Texan won 12 bouts at the meet to finish in 12th place overall. Chloe Grainger represented the Wildcats in sabre and added five victories to the team's total.