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    Several 'Cats Excel at NCAA Regional Championships

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Cleveland native Courtney Dumas enjoyed the trip back to her hometown Saturday.
    Cleveland native Courtney Dumas enjoyed the trip back to her hometown Saturday.

    March 10, 2012

    Site: Cleveland, Ohio (Woodling Gymnasium)
    Next NU Event: March 22-25 -- NCAA Championships (Columbus Ohio), All Day

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    CLEVELAND -- With the 2011-12 campaign winding down several Northwestern Wildcats turned in some of the top performances of the season Saturday at the NCAA Regional Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.

    "I'm pleased with how we did today," said Northwestern head coach Laurie Schiller. "We have a great chance to send four or five fencers to NCAA Championships and that's exciting for the team."

    Freshman Courtney Dumas, fencing in her hometown, continued her memorable first year as she finished with the more victories in the open senior women's epée pool than any other competitor. The Wildcat earned 11 wins, while losing just twice. One of those two losses came against NU teammate Kate Cavanaugh.

    Cavanaugh, the epée captain for the 'Cats, placed second in the talented field with 10 victories of her own. Northwestern's Dina Bazarbayeva came in seventh on the day with a record of 8-5; Kendrick Mooney also cracked the top-10 with an eighth-place finish behind seven wins.

    On the sabre strips, junior Chloe Grainger led the squad with a fifth-place finish. The Decatur, Georgia native, went 11-4 Saturday. Freshman Claire Carson finished 12th in the field, while senior Annelise Eeman tried to compete, but ultimately withdrew from the competition after battling sickness all week.

    Two-time All-American Dayana Sarkisova was Northwestern's top foilist on the as day she claimed 12 wins to finish eighth in a crowded field of 20 fencers. Teammates Devynn Patterson and Camille Provencal finished 12th and 13th, respectively. Patterson won nine times, while the team captain, Provencal, was victorious nine times as well, but lost the head-to-head bout against her classmate, 5-4.

    NU's Rebecca Grohman finished 16th overall in the foil Saturday for Northwestern.

    The Wildcats will find out later this week which fencers will be headed to the NCAA Championships in Ohio later this month. The season's final event is hosted by Ohio State University and begins on Thursday, March 22 and continues through Sunday, March 25.


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