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    Six Wildcats Qualify for Junior Olympic Fencing Championships

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Mikela Goldstein was one of three Wildcats to earn a gold medal Sunday at Patten Gym.
    Mikela Goldstein was one of three Wildcats to earn a gold medal Sunday at Patten Gym.

    Dec. 2, 2012

    Illinois Junior Olympic Qualifier Results
    Junior Women's Epée | Junior Women's Foil | Junior Women's Sabre

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Fencing inside the familiar confines of historic Patten Gymnasium in Evanston, Ill., six Northwestern freshmen did well enough at the Illinois qualifier to earn a spot at the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships that will be held in February.

    Three Wildcats claimed the top spot in their respective weapons Sunday. Haley Hart won the junior women's epée, Mikela Goldstein was the top finisher in the junior women's foil and Cara Franke was the top fencer to emerge from the sabre competition.

    Four Wildcats advanced to the semifinals in the epée event. Hart, Helen Foster, Olivia Lim and Kaitlyn Wallace combined to post a 16-1 record in pool play Sunday with the group's only defeat coming in a head-to-head bout between Lim and Wallace.

    Foster knocked out Wallace in the first semifinal in a close bout, 10-8. The second matchup between Hart and Lim was even tighter with Hart escaping with a one-touch victory, 15-14. The finale between Hart and Foster was another intense showcase with Hart collecting another narrow triumph, 13-12. All four semifinalists did enough to qualify for the under-20 women's epée competition in Baltimore, Md., which will be held Feb. 15-18.

    Goldstein claimed the top spot in the junior women's foil pool with a record of 5-1. After a first-round bye in the direct elimination, she posted a dominant 15-2 win in the semifinals. Goldstein rolled in the final as well, winning 15-7 over her opponent.



    In the junior women's sabre competition, Franke got off to a bit of a slow start. The Des Plaines, Ill., native went 3-4 and finished sixth in the pool, but she found a rhythm when it mattered most. She won her quarterfinal bout over the third seed, 15-6, before winning her semifinal contest, 15-11 over the second seed. Her opponent in the final had won nine bouts in a row, but Franke reeled off a third-consecutive upset with a 15-13 win to wrap up the day.

    For complete results from the Illinois Junior Olympic Qualifier, please click on the links at the top of the page.


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