March 3, 2012
Midwest Fencing Conference Championships
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Northwestern's epée captain Kate Cavanaugh led of score of top-10 finishes for the Wildcats as she captured the gold medal in her weapon at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships in South Bend, Ind. Saturday.
Cavanaugh became the first 'Cat to collect the top individual acclaim since teammate Alicia Gurrieri the individual sabre gold medal at the 2010 edition of the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships.
In the final bout, Cavanaugh beat Notre Dame's Ashley Severson, 15-10, to earn the medal. It was almost an all-Wildcat final, but freshman Courtney Dumas fell in her semifinal bout to Severson, 15-10. The Cleveland, Ohio, native settled for a share of the bronze medal.
The Wildcats placed three other fencers in the top 10 of the epée. Dina Bazarbayeva was edged by Dumas in the quarterfinals and finished seventh overall. Rose Semmel was outlasted in her quarterfinal bout by Severson en route to an eighth-place finish, while NU's Kendrick Mooney took ninth after being edged by Semmel in the round of 16.
Northwestern's talented trio in foil each placed in the top seven at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse. Two-time All-American Dayana Sarkisova earned a silver medal after knocking off teammate Devynn Patterson in a semifinal bout. Sarkisova, the second seed, dropped the final bout to Notre Dame's Madison Zeiss, 15-12. Patterson finished tied for third.
Team captain Camille Provencal
finished seventh after dropping her quarterfinal matchup against Zeiss.
Chloe Grainger secured the top finish of any member of Northwestern's sabre squad on Saturday. The junior won a piece of the bronze medal after finishing third behind a pair of Ohio State Buckeyes.
Freshman Mary Regan finished 12th at her first Midwest Fencing Conference Championship, while senior Annelise Eeman wound up 16th. Eeman was defeated by Grainger in the round of 16, 15-9.
Complete results from all of Saturday's action are available through the link at the top of the page. The Midwest Fencing Conference Championships will continue Sunday with the squad competitions.
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