March 21, 2018
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame junior fencer Amanda Sirico has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Fencer of the Year in women’s epee, adding another conference accolade to her All-American resume.
Sirico claimed her second straight ACC women’s epee title last month after assembling a 52-9 record this season to run her career mark to 102-25. The Bowie, Maryland, product snared gold at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on March 10 and will look to help the Irish in their pursuit of a second straight national title when the NCAA Championships commence on Thursday at Penn State University.
In her first appearance at the NCAA Championships in 2017, Sirico posted a 20-3 record in round-robin competition and finished tied for third for First Team All-America recognition.
The 2018 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships will feature two days of women’s competition followed by two days of men’s competition. Place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual for a combined men’s and women’s championship. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.
Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame men’s tennis and fencing programs, in addition to assisting with football communications and overseeing production of the football Gameday Magazine. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.