Courtney Hurley's sixth-place showing at the Nankin Grand Prix is her highest career finish at a grand prix event.

Fourteen Irish Fencers Take To The Strip At Recent U.S. Summer Championships

July 16, 2010

ATLANTA, Ga. – Fourteen members of the Notre Dame fencing team recently wrapped up competition at the U.S. Summer Championships at the Georgia World Congress Center. Junior Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) and sophomore Lian Osier (Battle Ground, Wash.) each captured a title at the tournament, while junior Reggie Bentley (Little Rock, Ark.) earned a third-place result in the men’s foil open division.

Hurley advanced to the semifinals in the women’s epee open division with relative ease with victories of 15-6, 15-8 and 15-8 in her first three bouts, respectively. After being tested by Lindsay Campbell in the semis (15-13), Hurley rolled to the title over Susannah Scalan 15-7. This title adds to what has already been a busy year for Hurley, as she captured four Junior World Cup gold medals in epee (Montreal, Helsinki, Germany, Budapest) along with winning bronze at the 2010 NCAA Championships.

Osier, a gold medalist earlier in the year at an event in the 2009-10 North American Cup fencing series, turned in a pair of strong performances as she captured the title in the U-19 division of the women’s sabre before placing in a tie for third in the open division. She claimed the U-19 crown after pulling out a 15-13 decision over Margaret McDonald and reached the semis of the open division before dropping a hard-fought bout to Emily Jacobson, the eventual champion, 15-12.

After posting a 33-8 foil record in his sophomore season, Bentley continued to show his improvements with his third-place finish in the men’s foil open division tournament. The rising junior earned the 20th seed heading into elimination play and reached the quarterfinals before being knocked out by eventual champion Alexander Massialas, 15-8.

Additional Results:- Kelley Hurley finished 10th in women's epee open division- Hayley Reese finished 12th in women's foil open division- Radmila Sarkisova finished 16th in women's foil open division- Darsie Malynn finished 31st in women's foil open division and T-3rd in 1A division- Abigail Nichols finished 16th in women's sabre open division and 30th in U-19 division- Enzo Castellani finished 27th in men's foil open division- James Kaull finished 29th in men's epee open division and 6th in U-19 division- Jason Choy finished 39th in men's sabre open division- Grace Hartman finished 7th in women's foil 1A division- Grant Hodges finished T-17th in men's foil 1A division- William McGough finished 68th in U-19 men's sabre division