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    Northwestern Smashes Competition at Home Duals

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM NU sophomore Juliana Barrett
    NU sophomore Juliana Barrett

    Nov. 2, 2013

    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Patten Gymnasium)
    Northwestern 26, Indiana 1
    Northwestern 23, Chicago 4
    Northwestern 27, Michigan State 0
    Northwestern 25, Michigan 2
    Northwestern 22, Purdue 5
    Northwestern 26, Lawrence 1
    Northwestern 27, Wisconsin 0
    Northwestern 27, Iowa 0
    Northwestern 27, Minnesota 0
    Northwestern 27, Bradley 0
    Records: NU (11-0)
    Next NU Event: Nov. 8-11 -- USFA November North American Cup (Cleveland, Ohio)

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern opened the doors to historic Patten Gymnasium Saturday for the NU Duals and the Wildcats rose to the challenge by defeating all 10 opponents by a combined score of 256-14.

    The Wildcats got the day off to a strong start by winning all but one bout against Indiana in round one. Freshmen Kayla Kelch and Stella Pointeau went undefeated in foil against the Hoosiers, while Olivia Lim, Christina Allen and Mandeep Bhinder did not lose for the epée squad. In sabre, captain Cara Franke went 3-0 for NU, as did newcomers Cindy Oh and Ania Parzecki.

    The good times rolled along for Northwestern as it fenced the University of Chicago in its next round. Foilists Katherine Kim and Sarit Kapon both went 3-0 against the Maroons, as did epéeist Juliana Barrett.



    Northwestern posted its first shutout of the season in the third round as it blanked Michigan State, 27-0. Juniors Tina Umanskiy (foil) and Courtney Dumas (epée) made their debuts against the Spartans and combined to tally five victories.

    A few more returning veterans got their feet wet in the fourth round against Michigan as the Wildcats cruised to a 25-2 triumph. In foil, sophomore Jen Yamin went 3-0 and classmates Mikela Goldstein and Charlotte Sands picked up two wins each. Two-time All-America honoree Dina Bazarbayeva won all three of her epée bouts against U-M, as did Barrett and Bhinder. The sabre squad went 9-0, as well, with Oh, Franke, Parzecki and freshman Alisha Gomez-Shah earning the victories.

    The 'Cats faced their toughest round of the NU Duals against Purdue. The Boilermakers managed to win five bouts, the most of any opponent on the day. The foil squad went 9-0 and the sabre team won seven of its bouts, but the epéeists were tested the most. NU called upon its two returning All-Americans, Dumas and Bazarbayeva, to win late and help the 'Cats to a 5-4 triumph.

    In round six against Lawrence, the Wildcats won with ease, 26-1. The one bout dropped, which happened in epée, would be the final time that a Northwestern fencer would go down all day. Head coach Laurie Schiller's bunch posted sweeps over Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Bradley to finish the first collegiate meet of the season.

    Select members of the Wildcats will travel to Cleveland, Ohio next weekend for the November North American Cup (NAC). The NAC opens Friday, Nov. 8 and continues through Monday, Nov. 11. The next team competition for Northwestern will come two weeks from Saturday when it takes on Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.


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