Jan. 16, 2012
Event: North American Cup
Site: Portland, Ore. (Oregon Convention Center)
Top NU Finisher: Courtney Dumas - 8th (junior women's epée)
Next NU Event: Saturday, January 21 -- at Philadelphia Invitational (Hutchinson Gym), 8 a.m. CST
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Seven Northwestern fencers were in Portland, Ore. over the weekend as they attempted to collect points to put toward national team rankings at the January North American Cup at the Oregon Convention Center.
Three members of Northwestern's women's foil team competed Friday. Dayana Sarkisova (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) placed 25th, Camille Provencal (St. Paul, Minn./Central) placed 54th and Devynn Patterson (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) placed 65th in a strong field of 105 fencers.
In pool play, Provencal placed fourth with a record of 3-3 in pool one. Pool three produced identical results for Patterson as she won three and dropped three for a fourth place finish. Sarkisova was placed in pool 13 where she earned four victories to just two defeats, finishing third.
After receiving a first-round bye in the direct elimination round, Sarkisova fought past Kane Gladnick by a score of 15-10. In the next round, the Northwestern junior ran into the field's top seed, Lee Kiefer. Kiefer got the best of Sarkisova, 15-4, and eventually went on to claim the gold medal later in the day.
Provencal won her first direct elimination bout against Allison Berdichevsky, 15-10. In the next round she fell to Eleanor Harvey, 15-9. Later, Harvey was eliminated by Kiefer in the quarterfinals.
In her first bout in direct elimination of the competition, Patterson was narrowly edged out in a fierce battle against Gabrielle Dastoli, 12-11.
On Saturday, Courtney Dumas (Cleveland, Ohio/Hathaway Brown), Kendrick Mooney (Arcadia, Calif./Arcadia) and Rose Semmel (Philadelphia, Pa./JR Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School) competed in the Division I women's epée event.
Dumas got the day off to a great start as she posted a 4-1 record and a first-place finish in pool play. In the direct elimination portion of the day, Dumas received a first round bye, but lost a tough fight against Isabella Barna, 9-8. The freshman finished 40th overall. Mooney, a junior, won twice in pool play and also fell in a one-point bout to Jessica Lisagor, 10-9. Semmel collected one win in pool play Saturday.
Chloe Grainger (Decatur, Ga./Decatur) was the lone Wildcat in action on Sunday as she fenced in the Division I women's sabre competition. Grainger won three bouts and lost three bouts in pool play. In the direct elimination bout, Grainger lost to Alejandra Benitez, 15-8, and the junior tied for 50th overall in the talented field. Benitez went on to capture the silver medal.
On Monday, Dumas and Semmel were in action one last time in the junior women's epée competition. Once again, Dumas charged out of the gate with a strong showing in her pool. The Ohio native, placed first with a mark of 5-1, while Semmel took fifth in a separate pool with two wins.
Semmel, seeded 71st after pools, upset Kris Langvand in her first direct elimination bout by a convincing score of 15-6. She fell in the next round and placed 60th overall in the junior women's epée. Dumas, seeded 12th, had a first round bye. After winning her next two bouts, Dumas faced a rematch with Barna in the round of 16 and this time the Wildcat got the best of her opponent with a 15-12 victory. Her day came to an end in the quarterfinals when she lost to Anna Van Brummen, 15-7 as she finished eighth overall.
The Wildcats will have their next series of dual meets on Saturday, January 21 when they head to Penn for the Philadelphia Invitational. There, Northwestern will fence Cornell, NJIT, North Carolina, Temple and Penn. The following day the 'Cats will head up to New York City for the NYU Invitational. NU will face Columbia, Yale, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wayne State and NYU at that event.
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