Sophomore Francesca Russo will return to the strip for the Irish at the Penn Elite Invitational for her first collegiate bouts since claiming the 2015 NCAA Women's Sabre Championship.

Irish Release 2015-16 Schedule

Oct. 8, 2015

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The 2015-16 University of Notre Dame fencing team will look to repeat as men’s and women’s champions in the Atlantic Coast Conference en route to the 2016 National Championship, but it must first navigate a challenging schedule featuring both collegiate and national events.

The 2015-16 slate, released Thursday, officially begins with collegiate competition November 8 when the Irish head to the Penn State Open. They will then head to the Elite Invitational in Philadelphia on November 21 to wrap up the 2015 portion of the collegiate slate.

Notre Dame will host the DeCicco Duals from January 16-17, 2016, then head to dual bouts at NYU and St. John’s January 23 and 24, respectively. They will partake in the Duke Duals on February 6, then head to Cleveland, Ohio, for the Junior Olympics February 12-15.

The Castellan Family Fencing Center will serve as the host site for the 2016 ACC Championships, to take place February 27-28. The Irish will then head to the NCAA Midwest Regional at Ohio State on March 12 to qualify for the March 24-27 NCAA Championships to be held in Waltham, Massachusetts.

In addition to the collegiate schedule, several Irish fencers will take place in several North American Cup competitions throughout the fall. They will kick things off Friday at the four-day Division I/II NAC event in Richmond, Virginia, followed by a Junior NAC event November 13-16 in Kansas City, Missouri. Another Division I/II NAC championship will take place December 4-7 in Baltimore, Maryland, while they will kick off the new year at the Division I/Junior NAC January 8-11 in St. Louis. The USA Fencing Division I Championship will be held April 8-11, 2016 following the NCAA Championships.

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Joanne Norell, Athletics Communications Assistant