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    Wildcats Register Strong Performances at North American Cup

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Helen Foster was one of seven Wildcats in action over the weekend.
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    Helen Foster was one of seven Wildcats in action over the weekend.
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    Jan. 20, 2013

    Junior Women's Foil Results | Junior Women's Epée Results | Junior Women's Sabre Results

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Seven Northwestern fencers made the trek to Louisville, Ky. over the weekend to compete in the USA Fencing January North American Cup and several turned in memorable performances. Freshman Jen Yamin led the group by finishing seventh in Friday's junior women's foil event.

    Yaminopened the day by going undefeated in six pool bouts as she secured the 12th seed and a first-round bye in the direct elimination portion of the competition. The Allendale, N.J., native cruised to the quarterfinals with a trio of 15-9 triumphs. In her quarterfinal bout, Yamin was narrowly edged, 13-12, in a thrilling bout against Niki McKee. Her seventh-place finish marked her top showing at a North American Cup since joining the Northwestern program in the fall.

    Another newcomer, Mikela Goldstein had a strong day on the strips Friday as she battled to finish 27th in the field of nearly 150 fencers. Goldstein went 4-2 in her pool, good for a second-place finish. In direct elimination, Goldstein dominated her opening-round opponent by the tune of 15-1 before winning her next bout, 15-7. In the round of 32, Goldstein dropped a tough battle against Kasey Iverson, 15-11.

     

     

    Four more Wildcats were in action Saturday afternoon in the junior women's epée event. Courtney Dumas had the highest finish of that group as she finished 14th. Helen Foster concluded the day in 32nd place, while Kaitlyn Wallace and Juliana Barrett also finished in the top third of the field.

    Barrett turned in an outstanding performance during pool play when she won five of six bouts en route to a first-place showing. Dumas finished second in her group and Foster and Wallace each secured the third-place spot in their respective pools.

    All four Wildcats advanced during direct elimination to the round of 64. Barrett and Wallace lost their bouts there, but Dumas and Foster each picked up victories. Dumas, a Cleveland, Ohio, native also knocked off Molly Hudson to move into the round of 16 before she was undone by Emma Peterson in a fierce battle.

    Freshman Cara Franke represented Northwestern in Sunday's junior women's sabre competition. She won one bout in pool play before bowing out in the opening round of direct elimination. Results from all three North American Cup events can be found near the top of the page.

    NU will reconvene as a team next weekend when they travel east for a pair of daunting dual meets. The Wildcats will be at the Philadelphia Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 26 before moving on to New York City for the NYU Invitational the following day.

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