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    Dina Bazarbayeva Leads Wildcats at Remenyik Open

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Courtney Dumas finished third in the women's epée at the Remenyik Open.
    Sophomore Courtney Dumas finished third in the women's epée at the Remenyik Open.

    Nov. 4, 2012

    Epée Results | Foil Results | Saber Results

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Dina Bazarbayeva captured a gold medal in the senior women's epée event at the 2012 Remenyik Open and seven other Northwestern fencers battled their way into the top at the annual Regional Open Circuit (ROC) event.

    Bazarbayeva, a 2011 NCAA Championship qualifier, returned to form from her freshman year as she claimed the top spot in the senior women's epée event Sunday. The NU junior finished second in her pool with a record of 4-1, but she won all five of her direct elimination bouts, including a 15-13 triumph over top-seeded Ania Garnia in the final.

    Fellow Wildcat Courtney Dumas claimed a third-place finish in the epée event, while freshman Helen Foster finished eighth Sunday. Dumas won all five of her pool bouts before being narrowly edged in an epic battle against Garnia in the semifinals, 10-9.

    Northwestern also two foilists in the top three in that competition on Saturday. Newcomer Charlotte Sands captured silver medalist honors and three-time All-American Dayana Sarkisova finished third. Jen Yamin and Mary Spohnfinished eighth and ninth, respectively.

    Sands and Sarkisova each went undefeated in pool play, with Sarkisova earning the top seed for the direct elimination portion of the day and Sands earning the second slot. Both student-athletes advanced to the semifinal round. There, Sands knocked off Sharon Chen, 15-12, to reach the final bout, but Sarkisova was ousted by Olivia Dobbs, 15-13. Dobbs defeated Sands in the championship bout, 15-8.

    Freshman Cara Franke was Northwestern's top finisher in the women's saber event Sunday. The Des Plaines, Ill., native finished 10th overall for the Wildcats.

    Northwestern Associate Head Coach Ed Kaihatsu was also a Remenyik Open champion over the weekend. Kaihatsu, representing the Fencing Center of Chicago, took the gold medal in the open veteran men's foil event.

    For complete results from the Remenyik Open, please click the links at the top of the page.

    Select members of NU's squad will travel to Virginia Beach, Va. next weekend for the United States Fencing Association's November North America Cup. That event begins Friday, Nov. 9 and continues through Monday, Nov. 12.


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