Feb. 20, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY -- Northwestern had a strong showing at the U.S. National Junior Olympics over the weekend with a pair of top-25 individual finishes and a bronze medal in the junior women's epée competition.
On Friday, Feb. 20, Sarah Bruhl (Fairfield, Conn./Ludlowe) and Mary Spohn (Toluca Lake, Calif./Mayfield) each fenced in the junior women's foil competition. Bruhl went 4-2 in her pool, but was knocked out in her first elimination bout against Tess McBryan by a score of 15-10. She finished 69th overall. Spohn was 3-3 in pool competition and won her first direct elimination bout over Jessica Li, 15-12. In the next round, Spohn was undone Friday by Sara Taffel, 15-9; she finished 52nd overall.
The following day featured the junior women's epée competition. Sonali Patel (San Antonio, Texas/Episcopal School of Texas) won four pool bouts, while Courtney Dumas (Cleveland, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) and Rose Semmel (Philadelphia, Pa./JR Masterman Demonstration and Lab School) notched five pool victories each. While Patel lost her opener in the direct elimination round, Dumas and Semmel set out on a collision course to meet in the round of 32. There, Dumas got the best of her Northwestern classmate, 15-7. Dumas would carry on to the semifinals before bowing out with an eighth-place finish. Semmel finished 22nd, while Patel checked in at 74.
All three of Northwestern's epéeists united on Sunday, Feb. 19 to win the bronze medal in the team junior women's epée event. Claire Carson (Durham, N.C./CE Jordan) entered Sunday's junior women's sabre. She finished 87th overall.
The Wildcats will fence Sunday, Feb. 26 at the U.S. Collegiate Squad Championship in New York City. Northwestern went 3-3 in their last trip to the Big Apple on Jan. 22 at the NYU Duals.
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