Nov. 18, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Northwestern traveled to South Bend, Ind. on Saturday to battle Midwest Fencing Conference foe Notre Dame in an exhibition meet at the newly rededicated Castellan Family Fencing Center. The Fighting Irish captured the race to 60 points, winning by a final margin of 18 touches.
Saturday's events began with an individual round robin competition for all three weapons. The Wildcats earned two of the top four seeds for the direct elimination following a strong showing in pool play. 2013 All-America honoree Courtney Dumas claimed the third seed with a record of 7-4 with a +10 indicator. Northwestern's lone senior, Dina Bazarbayeva finished fourth in the pool with seven wins of her own and a +6 indicator.
Sophomore epéeistsKaitlyn Wallace and Olivia Lim checked in at fifth and sixth, respectively, in the seeding with seven wins and +6 indicators. Northwestern freshman Christina Allen knocked off Wallace in the opening round of direct elimination, 15-10.
Wildcats Dumas and Bazarbayeva were joined in the semifinals by Notre Dame's Ashley Severson and Nicole Ameli. Severson, who posted a 10-1 mark in the pool, was toppled by Bazarbayeva, 15-11, while Dumas was narrowly edged by Ameli, 15-14. Bazarbayeva eventually claimed the title for her weapon by defeating Ameli, 15-10.
Though Notre Dame claimed the top two spots in sabre, Northwestern placed the next five in the competition. Freshmen Cindy Oh and Ania Parzecki each fought their way into the semifinals, but both were defeated by adversaries in blue and gold, and as a result, tied for third place. Newcomer Emily Comstock finished fifth, just ahead of classmate Kate Sachs and sophomore Cara Franke.
Led by Olympian Lee Kiefer, Notre Dame earned the top five spots in the foil event. None of the 'Cats advanced past the quarterfinal round with sophomore Charlotte Sands finishing a team-best sixth overall.
The final event on the docket was the relay. Northwestern and Notre Dame chose four fencers per weapon to bout and try to be the first to accumulate 60 touches. The coaches elected to begin with sabre and ND picked up 20 of the 30 points during that portion.
Leading off for the foilists, NU sophomore Mikela Goldstein cut the deficit in half (21-16), but the home squad began to pull away shortly thereafter. By the time Kiefer defeated Jen Yamin, 5-1, Notre Dame's overall lead was 40-20. Dumas and Bazarbayeva did their best to keep the 'Cats in contention at the end, but the hole was too steep and Severson closed it out for ND, 60-42.
Complete results from the exhibition events are available at the top of the page, below the photo.
Select members of Northwestern's team will compete Sunday at Patten Gymnasium in the Illinois Junior Olympic Qualifier. The action gets underway at 8 a.m.
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