Mar. 6, 1997

Fencers Head to Wayne State for Midwest Regionals after Claiming Midwest Team Championship

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame fencing team swept the Midwestern Team Championships last weekend at Notre Dame as the Irish claimed all five weapon titles. This week the Irish will travel to Wayne State in Detroit, Mich., for the Midwest regional qualifier of the NCAA championships.

Head Coach Yves Auriol: Yves Auriol is in his second season as head coach of both the men's and the women's teams. Auriol took over the men's program last season following the retirement of Mike DeCicco in 1995. Auriol found great success in his first season as head coach as the Irish placed second at the NCAA Championships in 1996. This year a determined coach Auriol has been practicing his fencers hard with the hope that the Irish will lay claim to the top spot when they head to Colorado, Springs and the Air Force Academy for this year's national championships. Auriol had been head coach of the women's team since 1986 and compiled a career record of 244-12 (.953) in his 10-plus seasons. He led Notre Dame's women's squad to its first-ever NCAA women's crown in 1987 and the combined title in 1994.

Midwestern Regional Qualifier Preview: Notre Dame's national championships aspirations begin this weekend at the midwest regional qualifiers as the Irish look to qualify the maximum 10 fencers to the NCAA championships. This weekend the Irish will send three fencers in each of the men's weapons and four fencers in each of the women's weapons to Wayne State for the regionals on Sat., March 8. In men's sabre the Irish are sending captain and 1994 midwest sabre champion Bill Lester, 1996 midwest sabre champion Luke LaValle and Jeffrey Wartgow. The men's epee team will send Carl Jackson, Brice Dille and Brian Stone. Representing the men's foil team will be captain and 1994 and 1995 midwest foil champion Jeremy Siek, Stephane Auriol and Charles Hayes. The women's foil squad will send 1996 midwest foil champion Sara Walsh, captain Rose Saari, Myriah Brown and Nicole Paulina. Representing the women's epee team will be captain Anne Hoos, Magda Krol, Nicole Mustilli and Colleen Smerek.

Midwestern Team Championship Review: The Notre Dame Fencing placed first at the Midwestern Team Championships. This is the fourth consecutive Midwestern Team Championship that the Irish have won since the inception of the competition in 1994. The Irish won in every weapon. The men's sabre team defeated Ohio State 5-2 for the championship of that weapon. The men's epee team beat Northwestern 5-1 to take first place in that weapon. Notre Dame defeated Ohio State 5-2 in the men's foil championship. The women's epee championship yielded a 9-4 victory for the Irish over Ohio State. The toughest match came in the women's foil championship. The Notre Dame women's foil team faced a highly competitive Ohio State squad. Senior captain Rose Saari registered two decisive victories for the Irish, while sophomore, Myriah Brown went 3-1 in the match. The Irish won 9-7. Ohio State placed second in the tournament and Northwestern took third place in the competition.

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