Feb. 13, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill.-- Nine members of Northwestern's fencing team will travel to Baltimore, Md. this weekend to take part in the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Wildcats will send three foilists, five epée fencers and one sabre fencer to the event, which opens Friday.
The first competition for any of the Wildcats will be Friday afternoon's junior women's foil event at 1 p.m. CT. Three key members of NU's squad, Mikela Goldstein, Charlotte Sands and Jen Yamin, will each participate. Yamin is seeded 10th in the field, while Goldstein and Sands are 46th and 47th, respectively, out of 157 fencers.
Two events will take place simultaneously inside the spacious convention center on Saturday morning beginning at 7 a.m. CT. Five individuals will enter the junior women's epée event, led by the seventh-seeded Courtney Dumas. Four of Dumas' younger Northwestern teammates, Helen Foster, Haley Hart, Olivia Lim and Kaitlyn Wallace also qualified for the individual tournament.
While the epeeists duke it out, Goldstein, Sands and Yamin will team up for the junior women's team foil tournament Saturday. The Wildcats have secured the second overall seed for that event.
Northwestern's final day in Baltimore will be Sunday when the junior women's sabre and junior women's team epée tournaments take place. The sabre event, featuring freshman Cara Franke, opens at 7 a.m. CT, while the epée team battle starts at approximately 2 p.m.
The Wildcats will enter two squads in the team epée event. The Purple squad comprised of Dumas, Hart and Wallace is the sixth seed and the White squad featuring Foster, Lim and Sands is seeded in the middle of the 28-team field. Dumas, a sophomore at NU, was on the epée squad that claimed a bronze medal at last year's Junior Olympic Championships in San Antonio, Texas.
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