Jan. 19, 2011
DALLAS – Notre Dame fencers Courtney Hurley and Ariel DeSmet earned medalist honors at the recently completed North American Cup “C” in Dallas, Texas. Hurley earned the silver medal in women’s epee, while DeSmet captured the bronze in men’s foil.
Hurley claimed second after earning a bid into the epee finals with wins over Katharine Holmes (15-7) in the quarterfinals and Lindsay Campbell (12-11) in the semifinals. Hurley fell in the championship bout to sister and former Irish fencer Kelley Hurley, 15-11.
Meanwhile, DeSmet earned a share of third place after advancing to the table of eight then knocking off Benjamin Parkins in the quarterfinals (15-3), before falling to Alexander Massialas in the semifinals (15-5).
All told, 21 Irish fencers competed at the North American Cup, with 10 of those fencers earning a top-20 result: Courtney Hurley (2nd, epee), Ariel DeSmet (3rd, foil), Barron Nydam (7th, sabre), Enzo Castellani (8th, foil), Lian Osier (9th, sabre), Avery Zuck (11th, sabre), Jason Choy (14th, sabre), Reggie Bentley (18th, foil), Hayley Reese (18th, foil) and Nick Kubik (19th, foil).
Each of the three Irish signees for the 2011 season also were in action as Ashley Severson (17th) and Nik Nik Ameli (48th) competed in women’s epee, while Race Imboden (33rd) took to the strip on the men’s side in foil.
Notre Dame now turns its attention toward team competition, as the squad travels to the NYU Duals this Saturday and St. John’s Duals on Sunday.
Complete Notre Dame Results:
Women's Epee:2. Courtney Hurley
Women's Foil:18. Hayley Reese21. Grace Hartman22. Rachel Beck27. Darsie Malynn46. Radmila Sarkisova73. Adriana Camacho
Women's Sabre:9. Lian Osier26. Eileen Hassett57. Abigail Nichols88. Kathryn Palazzoto
Men's Epee:26. Jacob Osborne76. James Kaull86. Jack Piasio89. Michael Rossi
Men's Foil:3. Ariel DeSmet8. Enzo Castellani18. Reggie Bentley19. Nick Kubik38. Steve Kubik41. Zach Schirtz
Men's Sabre:7. Barron Nydam11. Avery Zuck14. Jason Choy39. Alex Coccia67. Kevin Hassett74. Keith Feldman