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    Women's Fencing Inks Four to National Letters of Intent

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Head Coach Laurie Schiller announced the 2011 recruiting class today.
    Head Coach Laurie Schiller announced the 2011 recruiting class today.

    Jan. 30, 2007

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern head coach Laurie Schiller announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent today. Jill Mahen, Lisa Sachs, Jes Spencer and Liz Sachs will join the Wildcats next season as members of the 2012 class.

    "Our early decision class is excellent with new strength being added in foil and sabre," said Schiller. "We have done a good job in filling the holes that will be left by this year's seniors."

    Complete Biographies are below:

    Jill Mahen
    Hometown: Chester, N.J.
    High School: Mendham
    Height: 5'5"
    Weapon: Sabre

    High school: Founded West Morris Mendham High School fencing program as a sophomore ... Earned all-state, all-conference, and New Jersey Star-Ledger All-State honors in 2005 ... Led school to district championship as captain her junior year ... Finished third in the Under-20 Junior Olympic qualifiers in 2006 ... Placed in top ten at New Jersey State Tournament in 2006 ... Took third in Denise O'Connor's High School meet in 2006 ... Led girl's saber squad to third place at Santelli tournament in 2005 and ninth at state tournament ... Finished 26-9 as a junior ... Won 2005 Mendham Fencing Club tournament with Lilov Fencing Academy club team ... Class Vice-President ... Editor of high school newspaper ... Treasurer of Student Council ... National Honor Society member ... Deer Leader.

    Personal: Born Jillian Anna Mahen on March 6, 1989 ... Daughter of James and Cheryl Mahen ... Brother Andy Mahen was a four-time national finalist fencer at Duke ... Brother Jay Mahen was an alternate on the Penn State fencing team ... Fenced on same club team as current Northwestern freshmen Whitney White ... Anticipated major is Journalism.

    Lisa Sachs
    Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut
    High School: Greenwich
    Weapon: Foil

    High school: Posted a 35-3 record in 2006 and a 31-5 record in 2005 ... Recognized as an all-state athlete in 2005 and 2006 ... Served as team captain on Greenwich High School ... Won team MVP award in 2005 ... Lettered in fencing every year of high school ... Competed with the Fencing Academy of Westchester ... National Merit Scholar Commended ... National Honor Society member ... Honor roll throughout high school.

    Personal: Born Elisabeth Carol Sachs on March 5, 1989 ... Daughter of Morris and Sheryl Sachs ... Anticipated major is English.

    Jes Spencer
    Hometown: White Plains, NY
    High School: Ardsley
    Height: 5'9"
    Weapon: Epee/Sabre

    High School: Fenced in national competitions, including Summer Nationals ... Placed third in Division II North American Cup Women's epée meet in 2006 ... Competed in 2006 Empire State games ... Named to Ardsley High School All-League team in ninth grade ... Has competed in the Junior Olympics since 2001 ... Participated with the Fencing Academy of Westchester since 2001 ... Also a ranked sabre fencer ... Served as armorer for Fencing Academy of Westchester ... All-state french horn player ... Honor roll student.

    Personal: Born Jessica Karen Spencer on January 27, 1989 ... Daughter of Richard and Susan Spencer ... Fenced with fellow recruit Lisa Sachs at the Fencing Academy of Westchester ... Chose Northwestern over New York University, Brandeis University, and Vassar.

    Liz Sachs
    Hometown: Plano, Texas
    High School: Greenhill
    Height: 5'2"
    Weapon: Sabre

    High School: Competed internationally in 2004 and 2005 ... Placed in the Top 32 in the Cadet World Cup in Poland in 2004 and 2005... Took 33rd at Junior World Cup in 2004 ... Finished in the Top 32 in the Cadet World Cup in Hungary in 2005 ... Fenced nationally from 2004 to 2006 ... Took 26th in Junior Women's Sabre at Summer Nationals at Atlanta in 2006 ... Placed 33rd at Junior Olympics in 2006 ... Placed 15th at North American Cup in Miami in 2005 ... Finished 21st in Cadet Women's Sabre and 23rd in Division I at the North American Cup at Albuquerque in 2005 ... Took third place in Cadet and 23rd in Junior at the Summer National Championships in Sacramento in 2005 ... Finished third in Cadet and 15th in Junior in the Junior Olympics at Arlington in 2005 ... Placed 38th in Junior and 45th in Division I in the North American Cup at Overland Park in 2005 ... Took third at the North American Cup at Atlanta in 2004 ... Ranked fourth in the nation in Under-16 Women's Sabre from 2004 to 2006 ... Competed with "Team Texas" at the lacrosse National Team Tournament in 2006 ... Lettered in varsity field hockey in 2006 ... Made honor roll every term ... Managing editor of high school yearbook from 2005 to 2007.

    Personal: Born Elizabeth Anne Sachs on July 7, 1989 ... Daughter of Dr. Barton Sachs and Patti Sachs ... Brother Daniel Sachs fences at Harvard ... Father played football at Harvard ... Chose Northwestern over the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard ... Anticipated major is Communications.