Aug. 2, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Legendary Northwestern fencing head coach Laurie Schiller unveiled the recruiting class of 2012 Thursday. The group features 10 student-athletes from four different states with experience in all three weapons.
"This is a great group of freshmen that will be joining the program," said Schiller. "We graduated a big senior core from our foil team and these new ladies are going to come in and help the returning sophomores fill that void.
"We have all of our strength in epée returning, but the four newcomers are going to challenge our starters from last year and it will make us even better than we have been," said Schiller. "Additionally, our new sabrist is going to give us depth and she will improve as she gets the chance to work with our two NCAA qualifiers."
The bios for the incoming student-athletes are below:
New York, N.Y. (The Dwight School)
High School: Attended The Dwight School in New York City ... Member of the 2011-12 South African senior women's epée team ... Captured a gold medal in both senior women's and junior women's epée at the 2012 Cape Open in South Africa ... Member of the Dean's List from 2008-2012 ... Served as President of the National Honor Society as a senior ... Received an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma and a Truman Capote Award for excellence in IB higher-level English.
Daughter of Karen Barrett ... Born in Austin, Texas ... Holds dual citizenship in the United States and South Africa ... Chose Northwestern over Penn ... Anticipated major is undecided.
Swarthmore, Pa. (Strath Haven H.S.)
High School: Attended Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, Pa. ... Member of Empire United Fencing and the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia since 2005 ... Captured a team silver medal at the 2011 Junior Olympics ... Finished sixth at 2011 Division II North American Cup ... Won a gold medal at a Division III North American Cup in 2009.
Personal: Daughter of Clare Coleman and Andrew Foster ... Born in Philadelphia ... Sister, Liz, ran cross country at Macalaster College ... Brother, Matt, currently plays tennis at Earlham College ... Anticipated major is undecided.
Des Plaines, Ill. (Maine West H.S.)
High School: Attended Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Ill. ... Finished first at the Illinois Junior Olympic qualifier in November 2011, which was hosted by Northwestern at Patten Gym ... Two-time All-Great Lakes Conference selection ... Finished no lower than fourth at every dual meet in 2011-12 ... Placed first overall in all Great Lakes conference dual meets in 2010-11 and 2011-12 ... Also lettered in tennis and soccer ... Tabbed team MVP of the tennis squad ... Named to the Chicago Fire All-State Academic Team.
Personal: Daughter of Steve and Janet Franke ... Anticipated major is undecided.
Hewlett, N.Y. (G.W. Hewlett H.S.)
High School: Attended G.W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, N.Y. ... Served as team captain for the Bulldogs ... Named Second Team All-County ... Captured third place at the Nassau County Individual Championships ... Claimed victory in 82 percent of her bouts ... Earned a USFA First Team All-Academic Award ... Member of the Five Towns Fencers Club ... Served as her high school class treasurer ... National Honor Society and National Foreign Language Honor Society member ... Silver Cord Community Service recipient ... AP Scholar.
Personal: Daughter of Mitch Goldstein and Linda Harkavy ... Chose Northwestern over Duke ... Anticipated major is undecided.
Maplewood, N.J. (Columbia H.S.)
High School: Attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J. ... Helped the Cougars win 2011-12 New Jersey state championship ... Clinched the title for her team, the school's 10th state championship ... First-ever two-time individual state champion in New Jersey ... Named the 2011-12 New Jersey Women's Fencer of the Year ... Two-time All-State First Team selection ... Three-year epée squad captain ... Fenced with New Jersey Fencing Alliance from 2007-2012 ... Garnered USFA Honorable Mention Academic All-America accolades ... Four-year Honor Roll member ... Received Essex Award for academic and athletic excellence in 2011 ... Member of the Cum Laude Society.
Personal: Daughter of Will Hart, Lydia Lacey and Craig Calder (step-father) ... Attended same high school as actor and Northwestern alum Zach Braff ... Anticipated major is communications.
Cresskill, N.J. (Dwight-Englewood H.S.)
High School: Attended Dwight-Englewood High School in Englewood, N.J. ... Member of the Fencers Club for two years ... Place second at a Division III competition ... Finished in the top 32 at Junior Summer Nationals ... Ranked 54th on the Junior points list ... Named to the Honor Roll all four years in high school ... Served as President of the Promotional Art Society ... Captured gold medals for two paintings at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Personal: Daughter of Chae Ho and Mi Young Lim ... Born in Mexico City ... Competed in the past against Northwestern teammates Courtney Dumas, Haley Hart and Kaitlyn Wallace ... Anticipated major is art history.
Vernon Hills, Ill. (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S.)
High School: Attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill. ... Captain of high school squad ... Led the Patriots to first-place finishes at the 2010 and 2011 Midwest High School Championships ... Earned a seventh-place finish at the Midwest High School Open ... Participated for a year at the Fencing Center of Chicago ... Earned a spot on the North Suburban Conference All-Academic Team ... Member of the National Honor Society and Student Leadership Advisory Council ... Made the Gold Academic Honor Roll and is an AP Chemistry Scholar ... Secretary of Key Club International for two years and President for a year ... Served as an orchestra section leader and math tutor at Stevenson ... Received a certificate of service from Lake Forest Hospital.
Personal: Daughter of Jin Hee and Jong Park ... Competed in the past against Northwestern teammate Tina Umanskiy ... Anticipated major is material science and engineering.
New York, N.Y. (Horace Mann School)
High School: Attended Horace Mann School in Bronx, New York ... Placed 12th in the foil at the 2011 Junior Olympics (under-20) ... Crowned the 2011 Independent School Fencing League individual champion ... Finished second at the 2010 Brooklyn Fencing Foil Open after winning 26 of 28 total bouts ... Competed with the Fencers Club since 2005 ... Received the 2011 Gould-Hirschfield Sportsmanship Award from the Fencers Club ... Holds a Junior National rank of No. 42.
Personal: Daughter of Andrew and Betsy Sands ... Born in Seattle ... Competed in the past against Northwestern teammates Mikela Goldstein, Jen Yamin and Sarah Bruhl ... Anticipated major is biological sciences.
Mendham, N.J. (West Morris Mendham H.S.)
High School: Attended West Morris Mendham High School in Mendham, N.J. ... New Jersey women's epée individual champion ... Three-time individual district champion ... First Team All-State selection ... Finished second at the Division III Summer Nationals in 2009 ... Placed in the top 16 in cadets event at the January 2011 North American Cup ... Served as squad captain of her high school team ... Member of the Medeo Fencing Club for seven years ... Achieved a spot on the high honor roll and honor roll throughout high school.
Personal: Daughter of Patric and Julie Wallace ... Competed in the past against Northwestern teammate Sonali Patel ... Chose Northwestern over Notre Dame and Duke ... Anticipated major is undecided.
Allendale, N.J. (Northern Highlands Regional H.S.)
High School: Attended Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, N.J. ... Claimed both All-League and All-State accolades as a freshman and sophomore ... Helped the Highlanders to a state championship as a sophomore ... Finished as the runner-up in individual state championship as a freshman and placed third as a sophomore ... Member of the Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy for seven years ... Won gold for the Junior Team during the Junior Olympic Championships in February 2011 ... Placed fifth at the Junior World Cup in November 2011 at Bratislava, Slovakia ... Ranked eighth overall by the USFA ... Served as Secretary of her school's National Honor Society ... Honor Roll student.
Personal: Daughter of Edward and Jennifer Yong Yamin ... Chose Northwestern over Notre Dame ... Anticipated majors are communications and business.
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