Feb. 2, 2003

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The second-ranked Notre Dame men’s and women’s fencing teams wrapped up a strong showing with wins Sunday over Cal State Fullerton, Wayne State and Lawrence University, in the second and final day of action at the Notre Dame Collegiate Duals.

The more noteworthy bouts of the day included six Notre Dame wins over fencers who have competed in previous NCAA Championships. Sophomore Michal Sobieraj (5-4) and senior captain Jan Viviani (4-3) both posted wins over Wayne State men’s epeeist Wojciech Dudek while sophomore Alicja Kryczalo dispatched of two-time women’s foil All-American Inga Wallrabenstein (5-1).

Notre Dame fencers also posted three wins over 2002 NCAA entrants from ?al State Fullerton, with sophomore foilist Derek Snyder besting Roland Breden (5-3) while sophomore Andrea Ament (5-10 and senior captain Liza Boutsikaris (5-2) both posted wins over foilist Christy Stewart.

The Notre Dame men (14-0) extended the program’s third-longest winning streak to 73 regular-season matches, dating back to early in the 2000 season, while the Irish women boosted their season record to 12-2.

Several Notre Dame weapons completed strong weekend showings, led by the women’s foil (59-13), men’s sabre (58-14) and women’s sabre (57-15) squads.

See PDF link for complete won-loss records from the ND Duals, plus updated season and career records.


Senior men’s sabre Gabor Szelle (18-3 in 2003) won all six of his bouts on Sunday to continue his climb up the Notre Dame list for career wins (all men’s weapons), moving up from ninth to seventh on that list (162-11) – behind former sabres Bill Lester (213), Luke La Valle (200) and Mike Sullivan (183), foilist Jeremy Siek (191) and epeeists Brian Stone (183) and Carl Jackson (174).

Three others also moved up on that list, including Viviani (5-0 on Sunday, 26-3 season, 144-17 career) from 20th to 19th, senior foilist Ozren Debic (4-0, 27-1, 141-8) from 24th to 21st and senior sabre Matt Fabricant (6-0, 28-3, 130-20) from 35th to 28th.

Debic also ranks seventh in Notre Dame history for career men’s foil wins (just six wins out of third) while his .946 career winning pct. remains third-best in ND men’s fencing history (tops among foilists). Szelle heads into next week’s Duke Duals with a .936 career winning pct. (fifth-best among all weapons, third among sabres) while Viviani (12th, .894) and Fabricant (23rd, .867) also remain ranked on the win pct. list, with Boutsikaris and junior sabre captain Destanie Milo (7-0, 19-3, 105-22) now tied for 18th on the Notre Dame list for career winning pct. (.817) among all women’s weapons.

On the women’s side, Carnick (4-0, 27-4, 167-40) moved into a tie with Magda Krol (’97-’99) for fourth on the ND list for women’s epee wins while her classmate Meagan Call (3-1, 21-8, 154-51) moved up a spot to 15th on the Irish list for women’s fencing wins among all weapons (Carnick remains 10th), with Call also now seventh on the women’s epee victory list. Boutsikaris (4-1, 22-6, 152-34) moved up two spots on the women’s victories list to 16th (now 10th among foilists)

Several second-year Notre Dame fencers continued their impressive careers, led by the foil tandem of Kryczalo (5-0, 26-1, 65-3) and Ament (4-1, 24-4, 52-6), their fellow sophomore sensations Sobieraj (5-0, 27-1, 53-1) and Snyder (5-0, 22-3, 54-10), and junior women’s epeeist Kerry Walton (3-0, 27-3, 67-8).