UND Roster

2012-13 Fencing Roster

Abigail Nichols


Height 5'7''
Class Freshman
Hometown Concord, MA
High School Concord-Carlisle


Honorable Mention All-MFC (2010, 2011, 2013)

MFC Sabre Fifth-Place Finisher (2012)

MFC Sabre 10th-Place Finisher (2013)

Second Team All-MFC (2012)

AS A SENIOR: Was a consistent competitor for the Irish, posting a 34-26 mark … finished her career with a 132-65 record … at St. John’s Invitational was 8-7 … following day in NYU Invite was 3-7 … improved at Northwestern Duals to 11-5 … at Duke Duals went 4-5 before finishing the season at home 5-2 in the Notre Dame Duals … in Jamaica, N.Y., out-touched all three Ohio State combatants to start the day undefeated … against Penn State, won 5-3 over Jessica Russo before suffering losses to Nicole Glon (5-2) and Elizabeth Rapp (5-4) … bested all three Harvard combatants, winning 5-3, 5-3 and 5-1 against Aliya Itzkowitz, Kara Lee and Elena Helgiu respectively … lost all three bouts against host St. John’s … struggled against Columbia’s Loweye Diedro but regrouped and won a duet of 5-2 bouts versus Sarah Gruman and Essane Diedro … following day at the Coles Sports Center, went down 5-2 to Loweye and was blanked by sister Essane before again out-touching Gruman 5-3 … versus Northwestern logged a 1-2 mark … narrowly lost to Cara Franke, 5-4, but battled back to win against Alicia Gurrieri … finished the day with a 5-4 win over NYU’s Jackie Leval … at Northwestern Duals started the day with a 5-1 win over Fairleigh Dickinson’s Hanna Heldenmuth … split bouts with North Carolina, struggling with a 5-4 loss to Aislinn Klos but winning 5-4 against Gillian Litynski … dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to UC-San Diego’s Megan Gesner, but rebounded with a 5-1 victory over her Tritan teammate Karinne Caisse … was undefeated against Cal Tech, blanking Shi En Kim and Emilia Hernandez 5-0 … logged a 1-2 mark against Princeton …earned a close 5-4 victory over Gracie Stone … earned three victories against Temple … versus Stanford was undefeated, besting Atria Richard 5-3 and Avery Youngblood 5-1 … finished the day with a 2-1 mark against Ohio State … all three bouts posted a 5-4 score … down in Durham, struggled to gain momentum … won two bouts versus Penn State before losing two to host Duke … earned a 5-2 victory over North Carolina’s Maura Thornton … at Notre Dame Duals, earned a pair of 5-0 routings against Wayne State before narrowly beating Kaja Klodowska 5-4 … dropped a 5-4 bout to Northwestern’s Chloe Grainger, but won 5-1 against Franke and Gurrieri … at Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Championships finished in 10th place, good for honorable-mention All-MFC accolades … competed at NCAA Midwest Regionals, bowing to freshman Johanna Thill with a 10-5, +18 indicator in her final meet with the Irish … earned a monogram.

AS A JUNIOR: Posted a 10-12 record at the NCAA Championships to claim 15th place and narrowly miss All-America honors … placed 5th out of 53 participants at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, earning second team all-MFC recognition … finished pool play undefeated (5-0) with a +20 indicator (25-5) … blasted Oakland[apos]s Kendall Novak 15-1 in the table of 32 … claimed a 15-5 win over Notre Dame teammate Marta Stepien to advance out of the table of 16 … participated in four regular season dual events for the Irish … compiled a 30-19 record on the year … earned a monogram … produced an 8-7 record at the St. John[apos]s Duals … defeated Allison Miller (finished 11th at the NCAA Championships) from No. 2 Ohio State 5-4 at the St. John[apos]s duals, ultimately sweeping competitors from the Buckeyes 3-0 in the match … gathered in a 6-7 effort at the NYU Duals, downing Annelise Eeman (5-2), Chloe Grainger (5-2) and Alicia Gurierri (5-3) of nationally-ranked Northwestern … compiled a 9-1 record at the Notre Dame Duals … logged victories over Wayne State[apos]s Kaja Klodawska (5-1), Katie Bryce (5-2) and Shante Wilkerson (5-1) at the home duals … posted a 7-4 match record at the Northwestern Duals.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished season with a near-perfect record of 33-3 in sabre … earned second monogram … opened year with a 3-1 showing at the NYU Invitational, notching first victory of season against Yale[apos]s Brenda Seah, 5-2 … earned pair of victories against NYU, taking down Jackie Leval (5-1) and Joann Reyes (5-2) … competed in one bout the following day at the St. John[apos]s Challenge, taking down Harvard[apos]s Hayley Levitt on the final touch, 5-4 … posted a 15-1 record at the home Notre Dame Duals, going 3-0 against Lawrence, Cleveland State and Wayne State … registered a 2-0 mark against Detroit, while also clinching both the sabre victory and overall victory … recorded a 10-1 ledger at the Northwestern Duals in matches against Fairleigh Dickinson (2-0), North Carolina (3-0), UC San Diego (2-0), Cal Tech (1-1) and Stanford (2-0) … concluded regular season going 4-0 at the Irish Duals against Chicago (1-0), Illinois (1-0) and Michigan State (2-0) … clinched the sabre against the Spartans, taking down Samantha Agarland 5-1 … finished 11th at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships to earn honorable mention all-MFC distinction … finished 5-0 with a +19 indicator out of pool play to enter direct elimination as the seventh seeded fencer … earned wins over Jenny Hamilton of Xavier (15-0) and Courtney Park of Northwestern (15-5) to advance to the round of 16 where she was defeated by teammate Sarah Borrmann (15-8) … also helped sabre squad claim gold in the team weapon the following day … concluded the NCAA Midwest Regional with a pool play record of 6-3 with a +11 indicator to finish second overall behind teammate and NCAA bronze medalist Eileen Hassett … named recipient of the Janusz Bednarski Women[apos]s Sabre Leadership Award.

AS A FRESHMAN: Earned honorable mention all-MFC after finishing 11th at the Midwest Fencing Championships … opened up her inaugural campaign with a 12-5 record at the NYU Invitational, including going a perfect 3-0 against NYU … registered three wins at the St. John[apos]s Challenge and clinched the sabre win over St. John[apos]s with her 5-1 decision over Kaylee Pike … notched a record of 11-5 at the Northwestern Duals before finishing the season with an 8-1 record at the Notre Dame Duals … placed 11th at the Midwest Fencing Championships, finishing first in her pool with a 6-0 record and +19 indicator and reaching the round of 16 before falling to teammate Eileen Hassett, 15-8 … defeated Kirsten Walker of Michigan State (15-3) in the first round of direct elimination before defeating Katie Friedrichs of Michigan State in the second round (15-4) … posted two crucial victories in the team sabre championships at the Midwest Fencing Championships, helping preserve a 5-3 victory over Ohio State … placed ninth at the NCAA Midwest Regionals, notching victories over Ashley McLemore of Detroit (15-1) and Allison Keller of Northwestern (15-14) to conclude her postseason.

PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Concord-Carlisle High School in Concord, Mass., while fencing for the Zeta Fencing Studio as a sabreist … fenced at the studio for the better part of seven years, climbing up the junior circuit rankings according to the FIE standings … captured the Massachusetts state fencing title in 2008, while serving as her team’s captain … climbed as high as 61st in the FIE rankings, aided by a seventh-place finish at the World Cup from Montreal, Canada … also competed on the senior circuit, earning a top-50 result (42nd) at the World Cup in Havana, Cuba … daughter of William and Brenda Nichols … graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a history degree and a supplemental degree in sociology in May 2013.

Nichols[apos]s Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2010 34 17 .667
2011 33 3 .916
2012 30 19 .612 15th
Career 97 39 .713