March 4, 2012
Midwest Fencing Conference Championships
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Northwestern achieved its high finish at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships since the 2007 season as they took home a silver medal at the 2012 edition from the Joyce Center Fieldhouse in South Bend, Ind. Sunday.
The Wildcats finished second overall just ahead of hosts Notre Dame, but barely behind the Ohio State Buckeyes, the 2012 champions.
Northwestern was led Sunday by a gold medal in the women's foil. The 'Cats took down the Buckeyes 5-4 in the final round to claim the top prize. Against the scarlet and gray, Dayana Sarkisova and Devynn Patterson each won a pair of bouts, while Camille Provencal was victorious one time to account for the requisite five wins. Patterson clinched the gold medal with her 5-0 shutout against Allison Henvick.
Head coach Laurie Schiller's foil squad also mowed down Purdue, Indiana and Oakland en route to the gold. On Saturday, Sarkisova claimed the individual silver medal, while Patterson earned a share of the bronze and Provencal finished seventh.
Northwestern's epee team, led by individual gold medalist Kate Cavanaugh, earned the silver medal as a team Sunday. Like their foilist counterparts, the Wildcats advanced all the way to the final round in epee, however they fell short against Ohio State, 5-3. NU grabbed a 1-0 lead in the final on the heels of Dina Bazarbayeva's 4-3 win over Tasha Domashevetz, but the Buckeyes went on to win the next three bouts. Cavanaugh and Courtney Dumas each staved off elimination with close wins, but Ohio State won the next two showdowns to clinch the victory.
The epee group also beat Xavier, Indiana and Notre Dame Sunday to reach the final round.
The sabre squad from Evanston would not be shut out of a medal either. After losing to the Ohio State squad, 5-1, the 'Cats faced Iowa in the third-place match. Claire Carson, Annelise Eeman and Chloe Grainger each won their first bouts against the Hawkeyes. Grainger won a second time before Carson stumbled, but Eeman sealed the victory with a 5-1 win against Kelsey Sheets.
For complete results from the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, please click on the link at the top of the page. The web site features both individual and team results from throughout the weekend.
Northwestern will now turn its attention toward postseason competition. Schiller and the Wildcats will travel to Cleveland, Ohio next weekend for the NCAA Regional meet on Saturday, March 10.
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