Feb. 24, 2013
Site: Columbus, Ohio (French Field House)
Foil: Bronze medal
Epée: Bronze medal
Sabre: Fourth place
Next NU Event: March 2-3 -- Midwest Fencing Conference Championship (South Bend, Ind.), All Day
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Northwestern's epée and foil squads both fenced their way to bronze medals Sunday at the U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships in Columbus, Ohio. The Wildcats sabre unit placed fourth in its tournament.
The third-seeded epée 'Cats opened the morning against No. 6 Sacred Heart. Northwestern had little trouble with their worthy opponents as it cruised to a 45-29 victory in the opening round. Junior Dina Bazarbayeva clinched the first-round triumph for NU.
In the second round the Wildcats were pitted against the second-seeded Princeton Tigers. Princeton got the better of the Wildcats, 45-32 to send NU into the third-place match against another Ivy League foe, Penn.
Northwestern's team, comprised of Bazarbayeva, Courtney Dumas and Kate Cavanaugh rallied back to topple Penn, 45-25 with Bazarbayeva clinching the win and the bronze medal for the second time Sunday.
The foil tournament had the Wildcats seeded second. After a first-round bye, Northwestern squared off against Penn in the second round. Unlike their epéeist counterparts, the foil squad came up on the short end against the Quakers, 45-29.
In it's third-place match against NYU, NU roared back to win by 20, 45-25. Three-time All-American Dayana Sarkisova
was on the strip to secure the second bronze medal of the day for the Wildcats.
NU's sabre squad opened its day against NYU, posting a 45-36 victory. Sarah Bruhl, who just transitioned to fence sabre this season, closed out the match for the Wildcats.
After falling to Princeton, 45-34, in the second round, Northwestern headed for a bronze-medal match against North Carolina. The exhilarating battle came down to the final touch, but in the end NU's captain Alicia Gurrieri was out-touched by UNC's Gill Litynski to give the Tar Heels a 45-44 victory.
Northwestern will return to South Bend, Ind. next weekend for the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships at the Castellan Family Fencing Center. The individual championships will be held on Saturday, March 2 followed by the team competition the following day.
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