Aug. 10, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head fencing coach Laurie Schiller lifted the veil on the team's 2012-13 schedule Friday. The Wildcats, perennially one of the top-ranked programs in the nation, will once again take on one of the country's most challenging slates this coming season.
A collection of national competitions dots the early docket for Northwestern's squad. The United States Fencing Association (USFA) Burton Open will take place on campus Oct. 6. The event is hosted in Evanston at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion (SPAC) on the scenic shores of Lake Michigan.
The first of two Division I North American Cups set for the fall will take place in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 12-15. The Wildcats will host their second open event of the season on Nov. 3-4. The USFA Remenyik Open, named in honor of Northwestern's first coach Charlotte Remenyik, will also be held at SPAC over two days.
Northwestern will host 12 squads from around the country at historic Patten Gym, Nov. 16-18, at the NU Duals. The Wildcats will welcome Minnesota, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, Lawrence, Swarthmore and Florida to the strips that weekend.
The 2012 calendar year concludes on Sunday, Dec. 2 when the 'Cats host the USFA Illinois Junior Olympic Qualifier at Patten.
2013 opens up on Jan. 12 with a trip to the Western Invitational. This year's event is hosted by Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. and features the Cardinal, Air Force, UC San Diego, Cal Tech and others. Northwestern finished on top of the field at the 2011 Western Invitational by winning six duals by a combined score of 153-9.
The dual schedule cranks up the following weekend with Northwestern's annual trip to the eastern seaboard. The 'Cats will travel to Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 26 for the Penn Invitational. There, NU will fence against a field that includes Drew, Penn, Temple, Sacred Heart, North Carolina, Duke, Haverford and others.
On Sunday, Jan. 27, the Wildcats will be n New York City for the NYU Duals. Other teams scheduled to be in Manhattan that day include Columbia, Ohio State, Yale, Notre Dame and Wayne State in addition to the host Bobcats.
Northwestern returns to Evanston for the first time in 2013 for the season's second installment of the NU Duals, which will be held Feb. 2-3 at SPAC. National powers Ohio State, Notre Dame, Duke, North Carolina and Princeton will be attending along with other strong programs like Cleveland State, Detroit, Fairleigh Dickinson, Lawrence, UC San Diego, Wayne State, Stanford, Cal Tech, Stevens Tech and Tufts. Prior to the start of competition on Feb. 2, the Wildcat seniors will be honored in a brief ceremony for their contributions to the program over the past four years.
On Saturday, Feb. 9 NU will be in Durham, N.C. for the Duke Duals. The Blue Devils and North Carolina will both be in attendance, however the rest of the field has not been revealed.
The USFA National Junior Olympics will take place in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 15-18. The whole team will reconvene for the Notre Dame Duals in South Bend, Ind. on Feb. 23-24. Notre Dame and Lawrence are confirmed entrants for that competition.
Northwestern took second place at the 2012 Midwest Fencing Conference Championship and the 'Cats will look for another strong finish in 2013. The event will be held once again in South Bend with the individual competition taking place March 2 and the team tournament on March 3.
The Wildcats will be sent to either Appleton, Wis. or back to South Bend for a third straight week for the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday, March 9. The NCAA Championships will be held in San Antonio, Texas, March 21-24. Northwestern has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships in each of the past 13 seasons.
The final event on the calendar will be the April Division I North American Cup. That event will take place in Richmond, Va. April 12-15.
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