Feb. 17, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Three members of Northwestern's freshman class ventured west over the weekend to participate at the United State Fencing Association (USFA) Junior Olympic Championships in Portland, Ore.
On Friday, Feb. 14, Stephanie Chan and Stella Pointeau represented the Wildcats in the junior women's foil event. Chan got off to a nice start by winning three of her five pool bouts with a plus-8 indicator. Pointeau's pool featured one extra fencer as she won three of her initial bouts, as well, with a plus-one indicator.
Chan won her first two bouts in direct elimination by identical 15-6 scores against Taylor Chin and Alexa Prasher. NU's Cupertino, Calif., native faced Sarah Pak with the right to advance to the round of 16, but she fell in a tight bout, 10-7. Pak went on to finish fifth, while Chan placed 28th out of a talented field of 128 fencers.
Pointeau was matched up against Alexis Tate in her first direct elimination bout. The native of France fell, 15-10, and placed 72nd overall Friday.
On Sunday, Feb. 16, one Northwestern fencer, Cindy Oh, participated in the junior women's sabre competition. Oh finished second in her pool with wins in five of her six bouts with a plus-10 indicator. The Allendale, N.J., native received a first-round bye in the direct elimination tournament. She dropped her first DE bout to Danya Yu, 15-7, and placed 41st overall.
Full results from the Junior Olympic Championships are available here
Northwestern will be idle for the remainder of the month until March 1-2 when it travels to South Bend, Ind. for the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, hosted by Notre Dame.
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