Nov. 7, 2011
Illinois Junior Olympic Qualifier
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Patten Gym)
Next NU Event: Friday, Nov. 11-Monday, Nov. 14 -- at Junior North American Cup (Austin, Texas), All Day
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern hosted the Illinois Junior Olympic Qualifier on Sunday at Patten Gymnasium in Evanston, Ill. and enjoyed tremendous success, yet again. Five Wildcats qualified to head to Salt Lake City for the 2012 Junior Olympic Fencing Championships with strong performances on their home turf.
In the junior épée, a pair of freshmen 'Cats placed in the top three to secure their spots in Salt Lake City. The semifinal bout pitted NU's Rose Semmel (Philadelphia, Pa./JR Masterman) and Sonali Patel against one another. Semmel narrowly edged her teammate in a tight match, 15-14 to advance to the championship bout. There, she handled Rebecca Rose, 15-12, to claim the gold medal.
Patel rebounded after the loss to Semmel to claim victory in the fence-off for third. In that bout, Patel defeated Samantha Doro with relative ease, 15-7, to earn her own spot in the Junior Olympic Championships.
In the junior foil, a pair of Northwestern's fencers became the last two standing in the gold medal bout. Sarah Bruhl (Fairfield, Conn./Ludlowe) got the best of her teammate Mary Spohn (Toluca Lake, Calif./Mayfield Senior), 15-11. To reach the finale, Bruhl knocked off another Wildcat, freshman Tina Umanskiy (Cleveland, Ohio/University of Chicago), while Spohn bested Auset Muhammad.
In the fence-off for third, Muhammad defeated Umanskiy, 15-5, to secure third place.
Finally, in the sabre, Claire Carson (Durham, N.C./CE Jordan) won her first bout in the direct elimination round against Jacqueline Tubbs, 15-11. In the gold medal bout, however, Carson was defeated by Cara Franke, 15-8.
One other Wildcat, Courtney Dumas
(Cleveland, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) previously qualified for the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships, as well. That event will take place Feb. 17-20, 2012 in Salt Lake City.
Next up for Northwestern, the Wildcats will head down to Austin, Texas for the Junior North American Cup. Competition for that event begins on Friday, Nov. 11 and continues through the weekend with the conclusion set for Monday, Nov. 14.
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