March 24, 2013
2013 NCAA Championship Results
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- For the 14th consecutive season, Northwestern finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Fencing Championship, which concluded Sunday at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. The Wildcats garnered three All-America honors en route to ninth-place finish amongst the women's squads with 44 total points.
Senior Dayana Sarkisova completed her quest to become only the fourth fencer in Northwestern history to earn All-America status in each of her four competitive seasons. The senior won 13 bouts at the NCAA Championship this season, including three of her final four, and finished eighth Sunday to be named on the All-America team.
Sarkisova graduates with 382 victories, the fourth-most in program history. She joins Julia Földi, Sam Nemecek and Christa French as NU's only four-time All-America honorees. She is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient.
Sophomore Courtney Dumas wrapped up her second season at Northwestern by picking up her first All-America honor. The Cleveland, Ohio, native finished ninth in epée with 14 victories in 23 bouts, including wins over semifinalists Margherita Guzzi Vicenti of Penn State and Vivian Kong of Stanford. During the regular season, Dumas defeated the other two semifinalists, Susannah Scanlan of Princeton and Courtney Hurley of Notre Dame. Both Scanlan and Hurley were members of the 2012 United States Olympic Team.
, who garnered Second Team All-America accolades in 2011, fell just shy of the top 10 in 2013, however she placed 12th to earn Northwestern's third spot on the All-America honor roll. The native Texan posted 12 victories in her home state this weekend.
Senior Chloe Grainger finished her illustrious career by winning five bouts over two days in the Lone Star State. Grainger, who placed 22nd overall in her third championship appearance, finished her tenure as a Wildcat with 337 victories. That is the most wins for any sabre fencer in program history.
Dumas becomes 14th different All-America selection under the direction of NU head coach Laurie Schiller. In total, the Wildcats have amassed 31 All-America awards under Schiller, including the three this season. This is the first time since 2008 that NU has placed three All-Americans. That year, Nemecek, French and Joanna Niklinska finished eighth (foil), 10th (epée) and 12th (epée), respectively.
In the 2013 NCAA Combined Fencing Championship, Northwestern finished 11th overall for the fourth consecutive season. Princeton won the national championship with 182 points. For complete results from the NCAA Championship, please click here.
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