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    Wildcats Host 2012 NU Duals This Weekend

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM The NU Duals will take place Saturday and Sunday at SPAC.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    The NU Duals will take place Saturday and Sunday at SPAC.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Feb. 2, 2012

    2012 Northwestern Duals
    Saturday & Sunday, February 4-5
    Henry Crown Sports Pavilion
    Evanston, Ill. • 8 a.m.
    Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE
    Schedule and Results: NUsports.com
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- After spending the opening month away from home, Northwestern will return to campus to host the 2012 Northwestern Duals Saturday and Sunday at Henry Crown Sports Pavilion (SPAC). The two-day event is set to feature 16 of the top teams from around the country, including the Wildcats.

    Northwestern (22-5) opens the competition on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. against Fairleigh Dickinson. After a rematch with Stanford at 9 a.m., the Wildcats will face what figures to be the stiffest competition of the today in back-to-back bouts against No. 8 Temple (10 a.m.) and No. 2 Princeton (11 a.m.). Head coach Laurie Schiller's squad is currently ranked fourth by CollegeFencing360.com.

    The 'Cats will conclude Saturday against Stevens Tech at 12:30 p.m.

    Prior to the start of Saturday's duals Northwestern's seven seniors, Ariel Stein, Devynn Patterson, Kerry Bickford, Camille Provencal, Rebecca Grohman, Annelise Eeman and Chloe McGuffin, will each be recognized during a brief ceremony on the first strip.

    Saturday is also a Chipotle Big Game. The first 50 students to arrive for the 10 a.m. dual against Temple will receive a buy-one-get-one-free coupon from Chipotle. There will also be a drawing held where one lucky fan will win a quarter-supply of burritos. At noon, there will be a tug-of-war competition, as well.

    Fencing resumes Sunday at 8 a.m., however the Wildcats will not be in action until 9 a.m. when they take on UC-San Diego in a rematch from the Western Invitational. NU will take on North Carolina at 10 a.m. and No. 10 Duke at 11 a.m. Following a break for lunch, Northwestern wraps up the weekend with another Western Invitational rematch against Cal Tech. In addition to NU's scheduled opponents, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wayne State, Detroit, Cleveland State and Lawrence will be competing throughout the weekend at SPAC.

    The Wildcats are coming off a strong showing at last Saturday's Notre Dame Duals. NU won eight of its nine bouts in dominant fashion before falling to the host school 17-10 in its finale. Eeman and teammate Chloe Grainger paced Northwestern with 17 wins each for the sabre squad, while Kate Cavanaugh led the epéeists with 15 bouts won. Two-time All-American Dayana Sarkisova won 13 times and did not lose at Notre Dame to lead the foil squad.

    Grainger leads the Wildcats overall with 54 wins on the year, while Sarkisova and freshman epée Courtney Dumas are right behind with 53 triumphs.

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