Feb. 21, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- After a week off from organized team competition, Northwestern returns to the strips this weekend for its final dual meet of the season and an important team tournament. The Wildcats will be in South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Duals on Saturday, Feb. 22 before continuing east to Columbus, Ohio for the U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships on Sunday, Feb. 23.
The Wildcats will first make the short trip to South Bend, Ind. for Saturday's Notre Dame Duals. Northwestern opens the one-day meet at 7 a.m. CT against Lawrence, a team it shutout 27-0 on Nov. 17, 2012. After taking on Detroit, Air Force and Wayne State, three more teams the 'Cats have previously defeated once this season, the biggest showdown of the day will feature NU against its fierce Midwest Fencing Conference rival, Notre Dame at 11 a.m.
In the first meeting this season at the NYU Duals, the Fighting Irish downed the Wildcats, 19-8, in a match that was much closer than the final score indicated on Jan. 27. Five bouts were decided by a single touch and one of the highlights that day came when Northwestern's Courtney Dumas took down 2012 United States Olympian Courtney Hurley in an epée tilt.
The Wildcats conclude their final dual meet of the 2012-13 campaign Saturday with a match against Cleveland State at noon. Live results are expected to be available for the Notre Dame Duals through UND.com.
After wrapping up in northern Indiana, Northwestern will trek southeast to Columbus, Ohio for the U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships, hosted by Ohio State, on Sunday, Feb. 23. The Wildcats will be joined inside French Field House by Sacred Heart, North Carolina, NYU, Penn, Princeton and the host Buckeyes. The women's competition is slated to begin at approximately 9 a.m. CT with the gold medal bouts to begin around 11:30 a.m.
At the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Squad Championships, all three NU squads finished in the top three of the direct elimination tournament. The epée unit comprised of Dumas, fellow NCAA Championship qualifiers Kate Cavanaugh and Dina Bazarbayeva along with Kendrick Mooney took home the silver medal last year in New York City. The foil and sabre squad each captured bronze medals.
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