Oct. 6, 2012
Open Women's Epée Results | Open Women's Saber Results | Open Women's Foil Results
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern fencers captured three gold medals Saturday at the season-opening Burton Open and placed another eight student-athletes in the top 10 of their respective weapons at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion.
Courtney Dumas defended her 2011 gold at the Burton Open by winning the open women's epée title, while team captains Alicia Gurrieri and Dayana Sarkisova took home the top prize in open women's saber and open women's foil, respectively.
Joining Dumas in the top-10 in epée Saturday were teammates Haley Hart, who took fifth, and 2012 All-American Kate Cavanaugh, who finished in seventh in the field of 34.
Another freshman, Cara Franke, finished fifth in the saber competition. The Burton Open marked her first event as a Wildcat.
Six Wildcats placed in the top-10 in foil. In order to win the gold medal, Sarkisova, a senior, had to knock off freshman Jen Yamin
, 15-11. In order to get to the final bout, Yamin defeated her classmate Charlotte Sands
by the same score. Sands finished in a tie for third place.
A trio of sophomores rounded out the top placers for Northwestern in open women's foil. Katherine Kim finished fifth, while Mary Spohn took eighth. Sarah Bruhl placed 10th.
Select members of the squad will travel to St. Louis next weekend for the USA Fencing October North American Cup. That event begins Friday, Oct. 12 and continues until Monday, Oct. 15.
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