Oct. 13, 2012
North American Cup Results
St. Louis -- Sophomore Courtney Dumas led Northwestern in its first day of action at the USA Fencing October North American Cup with an eighth-place finish out of 151 fencers in Division I women's epée event in St. Louis.
Dumas opened the day by posting a 4-2 record in her pool before rolling into the round of 16, where she would face Audrey Abend. In an extremely close bout, Abend got the best of Dumas, 11-10. In the repechage from 32, Dumas posted a pair of 15-10 wins against Victoria Wines and Anna Van Brummen to finish her successful day.
Northwestern's Dina Bazarbayeva also posted a 4-2 record in her pool and advanced to the round of 64 in direct elimination before dropping close battle with Abend, 15-12.
Newcomer Kaitlyn Wallace was the top finisher amongst five NU freshmen entered in the epée field. Like Dumas and Bazarbayeva, Wallace won four of her six pool bouts. She also moved on to the round of 64 before falling to Amanda Sirico, 15-7. The Mendham, N.J., native placed 49th overall in the competition Saturday.
Sophomores Sarah Bruhl and Mary Spohn represented the Wildcats in the Division II women's foil event Saturday. Bruhl won five of six matches in her pool, the best output for any of Northwestern's entrants on the day.
Both Bruhl and Spohn moved to the round of 64 before being downed for the day. Bruhl wrapped up her day in 35th-place, while Spohn finished 53rd out of more than 100 fencers.
Full results from Saturday's action are available by visiting the USA Fencing web site.
Five more Wildcats will fence Sunday in St. Louis. Three-time All-American Dayana Sarkisova leads a group of four into the Division I women's foil event, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Freshmen Cara Franke will take part in the Division II women's saber field later in the afternoon.
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