March 20, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio. -- No. 8 Northwestern finished the first day of the 2014 NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championship in 10th place in the team standings with 23 points through the first three rounds. With one day of fencing to go, the Wildcats are seeking their 15th consecutive top-10 finish at the national championship meet.
NU's two returning All-America epée fencers, senior Dina Bazarbayeva and Courtney Dumas posted two of the highest individual finishes among the five Wildcats in attendance Thursday. Each posted six victories in 15 bouts. Bazarbayeva, the 'Cats' lone senior is in 16th place, while Courtney Dumas is currently 19th after the first day.
Thursday also marked the first opportunity for three Northwestern fencers to taste what it's like to compete at the NCAA Championship for the first time. Freshman Alisha Gomez-Shah won five times Thursday and the Wayne, N.J., native finds herself in 17th in the individual standings. Classmate Julia Abelsky added three wins to NU's team total on the day.
Sophomore Jen Yamin is the lone Wildcat fencing foil at St. John Arena. Like Abelsky, Yamin posted three victories on the first day of competition.
Princeton is atop the team standings after the first day with 60 points, followed by Penn State and Ohio State. The Wildcats maintain a three-point lead over the 11th-place squad, Penn. Full individual and team standings are available at the top of the page.
The 2014 NCAA Championship continues Friday at 8 a.m. CT with the remaining preliminary rounds. The semifinals and championship bouts are scheduled to get underway at approximately 12:30 p.m. Live coverage on ESPN3 begins at noon.
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