Nov. 13, 2011
USFA Junior North American Cup
Site: Austin Convention Center | Austin, Texas
Top Finisher: Courtney Dumas - Third in women's épée
Next NU event: Penn State Open | Saturday, Nov. 19 | University Park, Pa.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Freshman Courtney Dumas led a quintet of Northwestern fencers as she finished third in the women's épée at the USFA Junior North American Cup in Austin, Texas this weekend.
Dumas placed third out of 165 épéeists on Saturday. After finishing second in her pool, Dumas continued to roll through the knockout stages. Following a bye, the Ohio native posted wins over Farrah Lee-Elabd (15-2), Aleina Edwards (15-10), Jessie Radanovich (15-8), Victoria Wines (15-12) and Isabella Barna (15-6). Dumas was undone in the semifinals against Jessica O'Neill-Lyublinsky, 15-7, and settled for a third-place tie.
"Courtney wants to be a member of the World Championship team and she made good progress toward that goal," said Northwestern head coach Laurie Schiller. "She will have to continue to work hard, but she is off to a great start."
The USFA Junior North American Cup is one of three events in which fencers earn points toward qualification for the team that represents the United States at the World Championships in Moscow.
Sonali Patel and Rose Semmel also fenced in the épée on Saturday. Semmel placed 66th in the competitive field after being eliminate by a fellow Philadelphian, Christina Allen, 15-10. Patel had a disappointing return to her home state of Texas as she won only one bout during pool play.
On Sunday, Mary Regan and Claire Carson were in action as Northwestern's lone entrants in the junior saber competition. Regan went 3-3 in her pool and was eliminated in the round of 64 by a count of 15-7. Carson was unable to find a good rhythm on Sunday morning as she was unable to scratch the win column.
The Wildcats will the 2011 portion of their schedule next Saturday at the Penn State Open in University Park, Pa.
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