March 9, 2013
2013 NCAA Midwest Regional Results
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Northwestern made its third visit to South Bend, Ind. in as many weeks Saturday, this time for the NCAA Midwest Regional at the Castellan Family Fencing Center. The Wildcats placed eight fencers in the top 10 across all three disciplines at the event.
Northwestern's epée squad posted more top-10 finishes than any other school with four. Courtney Dumas racked up a squad-high 10 victories en route to a sixth-place finish. Kate Cavanaugh and Dina Bazarbayeva recorded identical 9-6 marks as they finished in seventh and eighth, respectively. Cavanaugh was touched four fewer times Saturday to earn the higher spot. Kendrick Mooney finished 10th Saturday with eight victories, including one over her NU teammate, Dumas.
Senior Chloe Grainger strengthened her bid to return to the NCAA Fencing Championship for a third-straight year with a third-place finish in the sabre competition. Grainger won a career-high 13 bouts at the NCAA Regional against just two defeats. The Decatur, Ga., native was dominant at times Saturday as she out-touched her opposition, 70-34, during the meet.
Alicia Gurrieri and Cara Franke also competed in sabre for the Wildcats. The senior captain, Gurrieri, placed ninth with seven victories, while Franke, a freshman, amassed five wins in her first NCAA Regional event.
The foil competition featured 20 of the top fencers from around the country in that weapon, including five Northwestern Wildcats. Three-time All-American Dayana Sarkisova
and freshman sensation Jen Yamin
each won 12 bouts and placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Sarkisova's differential was one touch better than Yamin's to decide their order.
Two more freshmen, Mikela Goldstein and Charlotte Sands combined to win 16 bouts at their first regional competition. Goldstein, with nine triumphs, finished 11th overall, one spot ahead of Sands. Sophomore Mary Spohn picked up six wins on the day, including one over Goldstein.
The 2013 NCAA Fencing Championship will be held March 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas. The selection committee will announce the competitors for the national championship later this week. Each school is allotted a maximum of six fencers and no more than two per weapon.
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