March 25, 2007
MADISON, N.J. –
The four-day NCAA Combined Fencing Championships concludes on Sunday, with the women returning to the strips at 9:30 a.m. for three rounds (each fencer has nine bouts remaining). The medal round then will follow in the afternoon, for the top-4 in each weapon (those 15-touch bouts do not count to the team score). Five Notre Dame women’s fencers will be competing (out of a maximum six), with two each in sabre and foil and one in epee. The Irish enter the day in fourth place, seven points behind Columbia (which has six women’s entrants) and 10 in front of Ohio State (which has five). Notre Dame fenced all of its bouts versus OSU on Saturday but has eight left against Columbia (four each in foil and sabre).
Note that regular updates will continue to be passed along via the Irish Alert text messages, the ND Sports Hotline and the above PDF link.
Here’s a look at who the Irish will be fencing on Sunday, with top bouts of note vs. teams from the other contenders (Columbia, PSU, Ohio State, St. John’s and Harvard), plus others as noted below:
Kelley Hurley (epee; fr.; San Antonio, TX) – round-5 vs. Penn State’s Case Szarwark and Anastasia Ferdman, plus Danielle Henderson of Rutgers … round-6 vs. Tanya Novakovska and Reka Szele of St. John’s and Stanford’s Brittany Leader … round-7 vs. Princeton’s Jashit Binder and Erin McGarry (the 5th-place finisher in ’06), plus NCAA veteran Courtney Krolikoski of North Carolina.
Adi Nott (foil; so.; Pittsford, NY) and Emilie Prot (foil; so; Limoges, France) – round-5 vs. Columbia’s Kathleen Reckling and Cassidy Luitjen, and MIT’s Cordelia Link … round-6 vs. Harvard’s Arielle Pensler and Misha Goldfeder, plus NYU’s Zoe Baumgardner … round-7 vs. Princeton’s Sara Jew-Lim (an NCAA veteran) and Jocelyn Svengsouk, and UNC’s Mae-Lynn Chen-Contino.
Valerie Providenza (sabre; sr.; Beaverton, OR) – round-5 vs. Columbia’s Sada Jacobson and Daria Schneider, and Brown’s Randy Alevi … round-6 vs. Penn State’s Caity Thompson and Sophia Hiss, plus Stanford All-American Eva Jellison … round-7 vs. Wayne State’s Anna Bartosewicz and Northwestern NCAA veteran Mai Vu (WSU’s Katarzyna Kuzniak withdrew, meaning Providenza will fence only 22 bouts/standings based on win pct.).
Ashley Serrette (sabre; so.; Orange, NJ) – round-5 vs. Penn’s Alexis Baran and Cassandra Partyka (an NCAA veteran), and CS Fullerton’s Rachel Allen … round-6 vs. Temple’s Christine Griffith and Kristine Jones, plus UNC’s Jennifer Sawicki … round-7 vs. Columbia’s Sada Jacobson and Daria Schneider, and Brown’s Randy Alevi.