Final Women’s Foil Results – NCAA 2007 Midwest Regional, in PDF Format
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Final Women’s Epee Results – NCAA 2007 Midwest Regional, in PDF Format

Final Women’s Sabre Results – NCAA 2007 Midwest Regional, in PDF Format

March 10, 2007

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The women’s bouts have concluded at the 2007 NCAA Fencing MidwesRegional, with champions being crowned in the three weapons while a total of 48 fencers from seven schools made their final bid to earn a spot in the NCAA finals. Notre Dame sophomore foilist Adi Nott claimed the women’s foil title – edging defending champ Jessica Florendo of Northwestern in an 8-6 final bout – while her teammate Kelley Hurley used a 15-14 semifinal win over Wayne State’s Anna Garina (a two-time Regional and two-time NCAA champion) and a 15-5 final victory over Ohio State’s Leslie Lampman to claim the epee title, extending her impressive freshman season that includes a 51-4 regular-season record and winning last week in the Midwest Fencing Conference Championship. Siobhan Byrne topped her Ohio State teammate Eileen Grench, 15-10, in the women’s sabre final.

Other top-8 finishers for Notre Dame included senior sabreist Valerie Providenza (3rd), sophomore foilist Emilie Prot (5th), sophomore sabreist Ashley Serrette (6th) and sophomore epeeist Kim Montoya (8th). Senior epeeist Amy Orlando – a three-time NCAA finals participant and two-time All-American who was the 2005 NCAA runner-up – entered Saturday’s action needing a solid showing to improve her chances for a fourth trip to the NCAAs. Some tough breaks in her matchups resulted in Orlando (the #7 pre-Regional seed) missing out on the top-8, with a loss to Hurley in the second round (5-15) and then an excruciating 14-15 loss to #3 seed Alexandra Obrozcova in the secondary bracket.

Hurley – the #1 seed before and after the pool rounds – opened the round-of-8 with a 15-7 win over fellow freshman Christa French of Northwestern, followed by the wins over Garina and Lampman. Garina beat Obrozcova in the 3rd-place bout (15-11), Kayley French (Christa’s twin sister and NU teammate) slipped by WSU’s Justyna Konczalska for 5th (15-14) and Christa French defeated Montoya in the 7th-place bout (14-9). Montoya entered as the #10 seed but strong results in the pool bouts landed Montoya in the #4 spot heading into the direct-elimination. She then defeated Lawrence’s Elise Grasso (15-3) and lost to OSU’s Lampman (11-5) before posting a win over OSU’s Elyse Gurnowski (15-9) to earn a spot in the final-8 (where she lost to Lampman, 14-15 and the French sisters, 12-15 and 9-14).

Nott joined Hurley in receiving a 1st-round bye, after improving on her #2 seed with some strong fencing in the pool round. She then registered a big win over OSU’s Courtney Streithorst (15-4) and kept rolling in the round-of-8 vs. OSU’s Holly McKibben (15-2). She then closed versus Northwestern’s top duo, besting Jessica Florendo in a 15-10 semifinal before the 8-6 defensive battle with Nemecek. Prot entered the day as the #3 seed but slipped to #5 after the pools, followed by a 15-4 win over ND junior Rachel Cota and a 2-15 loss to OSU’s Julia Tikhonova (the pre-Regional #1 seed). Prot followed with a 15-9 win over Cleveland State’s Leigh Pendergrass – sending her on to the final-8, where she lost again to Tikhonova (8-11) before battling to the 5th-place finish with wins over Northwestern’s Natalie Wang (15-9) and OSU’s McKibben (15-12).

Providenza (#1 pre-Regional seed, #3 after pools) opened the DE with a 15-1 win over WSU’s Alicia Chmielewski, followed by a 15-12 bout with Northwestern’s Mai Vu to earn the easy trip to the final-8. She then had an easier win over Vu (15-4) but lost to OSU’s Grench (10-15), followed by a convincing 15-2 win over OSU’s Syvenne Siebert in the 3rd-place bout. Serrette (#8/#7) started the DE with a 15-9 win over Northwestern’s Adrienne Shon before losing to Grench (9-15) and staying alive for the final-8 with a 15-11 win over WSU’s Ann Bartosewicz. Grench topped Serrette again in the round-of-8 (15-5) but Serrette won a tight battle with Vu (15-14) before dropping the 5th-place bout to WSU’s Kasia Kuzniak (12-15).


WOMEN’S FOIL – 1. Adi Nott (Notre Dame); 2. Samantha Nemecek (Northwestern); 3. Jessica Florendo (Northwestern); 4. Julia Tikhonova (Ohio State); 5. Emilie Prot (Notre Dame); 6. Holly McKibben (Ohio State); 7. Natalie Wang (Northwestern); 8. Meredith Baskies (Northwestern); 9. Lindsey Howard (Wayne State); 10. Courtney Streithorst (Ohio State); 11. Leigh Pendergrass (Cleveland State); 12. Rachel Cota (Notre Dame); 13. Emily Rames (Detroit); 14. Elise Pfaltzgraff (Lawrence).

WOMEN’S EPEE – 1. Kelley Hurley (Notre Dame); 2. Leslie Lampman (Ohio State); 3. Anna Garina (Wayne State); 4. Alexandra Obrazcova (Ohio State); 5. Kayley French (Northwestern); 6. Justyna Konczalska (Wayne State); 7. Christa French (Northwestern); 8. Kim Montoya (Notre Dame); 9. Joanna Niklinska (Northwestern); 10. Amy Orlando (Notre Dame); 11. Elyse Gurnowski (Ohio State); 12. Eleanor Leighton (Notre Dame); 13. Jessica Grasso (Lawrence); 14. Pam Marvinney (Cleveland State); 15. Courtney DuBois (Northwestern); 16. Chiara Terzuolo (Lawrence).

WOMEN’S SABRE – 1.Siobhan Byrne (Ohio State); 2. Eileen Grench (Ohio State; 3. Valerie Providenza (Notre Dame; 4. Syvenna Siebert (Ohio State); 5. Kasia Kuzniak (Wayne State); 6. Ashley Serrette (Notre Dame); 7. Mai Vu (Northwestern); 8. Sophie Eustis (Northwestern); 9. Ann Bartoszewicz (Wayne State; 10. Adrienne Shon (Northwestern); 11. Andrea Hooper (Detroit); 12. Gina Annunziato (Northwestern); 13. Christina Zoccoli (Notre Dame); 14. Alicia Chmielewski (Wayne State); 15. Roberta Sims (Detroit); 16. Erin Housing (Notre Dame).