Feb. 26, 2012
Site: New York, N.Y. (Coles Sports Center)
Next NU Event: March 3-4 -- at Midwest Conference Championships (South Bend, Ind.), All Day
NEW YORK CITY-- Northwestern challenges itself against some of the top fencing squads from around the country Sunday and emerged with medals in all three weapons at the U.S. Squad Collegiate Championships at the Coles Sports Center in New York City Sunday.
The epée squad secured the best finish by earning a silver medal. Both the foil and sabre units tied for third place in their respective weapons. As a team, Northwestern finished second overall in the team standings behind Princeton. Columbia finished third in the 22-team field.
The day began bright and early with the open team women's foil. The 'Cats were lineup consisted of seniors Devynn Patterson (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) and Camille Provencal (St. Paul, Minn./Central), junior Dayana Sarkisova (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and freshman Mary Spohn (Toluca Lake, Calif./Mayfield Senior).
The Wildcats were the third seed and had a first-round bye. After breezing past Stevens Tech, 45-9, NU faced Columbia in the quarterfinals and posted a second-straight win, 45-36. Against second-seeded Princeton in the semifinal round, Northwestern was knocked off, 45-23.
Dina Bazarbayeva (Houston, Texas/Lamar), Courtney Dumas (Cleveland, Ohio/Hathaway Brown), Kendrick Mooney (Arcadia, Calif./Arcadia) and squad captain Kate Cavanaugh (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) comprised the fourth-seeded epée team. After quick wins over Vassar (45-20) and Penn (45-19), the 'Cats were pitted against the top seed, St. John's.
The 'Cats rose to the challenge against the Red Storm and thwarted their opponent in a sensational upset, 45-39. NU would move on to the final bout where they too were beat by the Princeton Tigers, 45-30.
The sabre squad was the final team in action on Sunday. Fencers Claire Carson (Durham, N.C./CE Jordan), Annelise Eeman (St. Louis Park, Minn./St. Louis Park), Chloe Grainger (Decatur, Ga./Decatur) and Alicia Gurrieri (Medford, N.J./Moorestown Friends) competed throughout the afternoon for Northwestern.
NU, the third seed, roared past Hunter, 45-20, in its first bout and clipped the host school, NYU, in the round of eight, 45-32. That victory set up a semifinal clash with who else but Princeton. The second-seeded Tigers completed the sweep over the Wildcats, 45-14.
"Overall I'm happy with the way things went," said Northwestern head coach Laurie Schiller. "We kept or bettered our seed at every weapon and we got good preparation for the next couple of weeks."
Northwestern will turn its attention to the Midwest Conference Championships, which will take place March 3-4 in South Bend, Ind.
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