Oct. 28, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern hosted its second United States Fencing Association competition of the fall over the weekend as hundreds of fencers descended upon the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion for the 36th annual Remenyik Open. The tournament is named in honor of NU's first head coach, Charlotte Remenyik.
Two Wildcats chose to honor the late head coach's memory by capturing gold medals over the weekend. Northwestern's two returning All-Americans, Dina Bazarbayeva and Courtney Dumas, secured the top two seeds for the direct elimination tournament with 6-0 marks in pool action, and eventually went head-to-head in the championship of the senior women's epée draw on Sunday. In a bout that could not have been any closer, Dumas edged out her older teammate, 13-12, to secure her first Remenyik Open title as a member of the Wildcats.
Two Northwestern sophomores, Juliana Barrett and Haley Hart, also placed in the top 10 with eighth and 10th place finishes, respectively, in the senior women's epée competition. Mandeep Bhinder took 12th overall, while Christina Allen took 21st in the deep field of 45.
Newcomer Alisha Gomez-Shah has now fenced in two tournaments since arriving on Northwestern's campus in September and both times the Wayne, N.J., native, has emerged with gold medals. Gomez-Shah was accompanied on the senior women's sabre medal stand by fellow 'Cats Ania Parzecki and Cindy Oh, who finished in a tie for third place Sunday.
Gomez-Shah got off to a slower start as she won four of her six bouts in Pool No. 2, earning the sixth overall seed for direct elimination. She defeated the second seed, Parzecki, 15-11 in the semifinals before taking down fifth-seeded Kaja Klodawska from Wayne State in the championship. Oh, the top seed after pool bouts, was knocked off in the semifinals by Klodawska.
Northwestern's sabre captain, sophomore Cara Franke, placed 16th overall on Sunday.
A dozen NU foilists hit the strips for the senior women's foil event at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion on Saturday. Sophomore Jen Yamin claimed the highest finish amongst the contingent with a share of third place. Squad captain Mary Spohn placed seventh and sophomore Charlotte Sands checked in at ninth.
Sarit Kapon, Kayla Kelch, Katherine Kim, Stella Pointeau and Tina Umanskiy finished the event 12th through 16th, respectively. Freshmen Stephanie Chan and Kimmy Fishman ended the day in 20th and 21st-place.
Northwestern associate head coach Ed Kaihatsu competed at the Remenyik Open as well. Kaihatsu, who is ranked No. 1 in the county in his age group, won the veteran combined men's foil championship, 10-8, over Andrew Pain.
For complete results from the USFA Remenyik Open, please click the links at the top of the page.
The Wildcats will shift their focus to the first collegiate duals of the season on Saturday, Nov. 2. Northwestern will host 11 Midwest Fencing Conference foes at historic Patten Gymnasium with the first bouts slated to go off at 8 a.m. The action will be ongoing throughout the day with the 'Cats scheduled to be on the strips until approximately 4 p.m.
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