Oct. 4, 2012
2012 United States Fencing Association Burton Open
Saturday, Oct. 6
Henry Crown Sports Pavilion (SPAC)
Evanston, Ill. All Day
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern will look to defend its titles in all three weapons as the Wildcats open the season Saturday, Oct. 6 with the United States Fencing Association (USFA) Burton Open. The competition will take place all day at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion on the Evanston campus.
The Wildcats claimed gold medals in foil, epée and sabre at the 2011 Burton Open and added silver medals in both foil and sabre. Individually, Northwestern placed 11 fencers in the top 10 in their respective weapons last year.
Sophomore Courtney Dumas won the epée event with a 15-12 triumph over Mason Speta of the Windy City Fencing Club. It was a remarkable start for the then-freshman as she went on to the NCAA Championships, where she finished 15th.
Dina Bazarbayeva and Kendrick Mooney also fought their way to the medal stand as they tied for third in epée last season.
Senior Chloe Grainger also squared off against a teammate, Alicia Gurrieri, in the championship of the sabre competition. Grainger was victorious in the bout, narrowly winning, 15-13. Like Dumas, Grainger went on to represent Northwestern at the NCAA Championships, where she placed 22nd despite being hampered by an injury.
Another pair of 'Cats did battle in the finale of the foil competition last year. Senior Dayana Sarkisova
took down since-graduated Devynn Patterson
, 15-8. Sarkisova went on to claim sixth-place in foil at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America accolades for the third-consecutive season.
All-American Kate Cavanaugh also returns to Northwestern's lineup this season. Head coach Laurie Schiller, now in his 36th season at the helm, and the Wildcats also welcome 10 freshmen into the fold.
The 2012 Burton Open begins Saturday with the mixed foil competition at 7:45 a.m. The final event of the day, the mixed sabre, is tentatively slated to begin at 3:45 p.m.
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