Dec. 10, 2013
Northwestern is unveiling its Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013 this week. Check back each day this week as we reveal another member in the newest class that has been selected to receive Northwestern's highest athletic honor. These elite Wildcats will be formally inducted during Hall of Fame weekend Feb. 7-8, 2014.
The Athletic Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1984 to honor former athletes, coaches and administrators who have helped establish a proud tradition in intercollegiate competition at Northwestern. Individuals are eligible for Hall of Fame recognition beginning five years after their final competition at NU. For more information and to view the complete membership, visit the NUsports.com Hall of Fame website.
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EVANSTON, Ill.-- Julie Földi, a four-time All-American foil fencer with more than 380 career victories, has been elected to the NU Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013.
Földi arrived at Northwestern by way of Budapest, Hungary in the fall of 2001, already as a national champion in her native country, and when she concluded her illustrious career in Evanston in 2005, she departed as the program’s first-ever four-time All-American. Foldi, who fenced foil for the Wildcats, earned All-America accolades in 2002, 2004 and 2005 by finishing eighth at the NCAA Championships and by coming in 10th as a sophomore in 2003.
Földi won 386 bouts during her storied tenure in Evanston, the third highest total in program history. In fact, the Hungarian posted an overall winning percentage of .834 (386-77), which ranks third overall in NU lore. The foilist led the ’Cats in victories in three of her four seasons with the program. Földi won 115 of her 132 bouts as a junior in 2003-04, including a dramatic win over the defending NCAA champion, Alicja Kryczalo of Notre Dame, at the NU Duals.
As a foil fencer, Földi excelled at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships during each of her four seasons. She was a medalist at all four conference meets, winning silver as a freshman in 2002 and following that up with three straight bronze medals from 2003-2005.
“Honestly, it took me quite by surprise,” said Földi upon learning of her induction. “I am very excited to be inducted into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame,” she added. “While it’s been quite a few years since I was fencing at Northwestern, I still look back to those days very fondly and often think about [head coach] Laurie [Schiller], [associate head coach] Ed [Kaihatsu] and all of my teammates. It was truly a life-changing experience to be part of such an amazing team, both athletically and from a personal perspective; some of my closest friends, even today, I met fencing at NU,” said Földi.
During Földi’s four-stint on the shores of Lake Michigan, Northwestern posted an overall record of 115-17 and finished no lower than eight at the NCAA Championships each year. She is the first Northwestern fencer to earn induction into the prestigious club.
"Julie was an incredibe fencer and team player," said Northwestern head coach Laurie Schiller. "It isn't easy for an international fencer to fit into the American collegiate type of team dual meets as it is completely unique to the United States, but Julie did that, and did it well. She was a pleasure to have on the team and well deserving of her induction to the Hall of Fame."
“I am especially honored to be the first fencer at Northwestern to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, although, without a doubt, there will be many more to come,” said Földi. “I am very humbled by having been chosen for this honor and I would like to thank everyone involved in the selection process!”
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