Mar. 14, 1997

Notre Dame to Battle Penn State for NCAA Fencing Championship

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame and Penn State, winners of the last three NCAA combined fencing championships, will battle for the NCAA title once again in 1997 as the 120 fencers selected to participate in the championships were announced today by the NCAA fencing committee. The Irish, who won in 1994, and the two-time defending champion Nittany Lions lead the field as the only two teams to qualify the NCAA maximum of 10 fencers. After Notre Dame and Penn State with 10 each, Columbia, St. John's, Stanford and Yale will send eight fencers each to the NCAA championships which will be held from March 20-23, at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Representing the Notre Dame women's squad will be All-American sophomore foilists Sara Walsh, 1996 women's foil runner-up, and Myriah Brown, who was sixth a year ago. Freshman Magda Krol and junior Anne Hoos, who was 15th at the 1996 championships, will fence epee for the Irish.

On the men's side, three-time All-American and senior foil captain Jeremy Siek will team with sophomore foilist Stephane Auriol, who will make his first appearance at the championships. A pair of 1996 All-Americans will compose the sabre delegation of senior captain Bill Lester and sophomore Luke LaValle. Carl Jackson, a 1995 epee All-American, returns to the NCAA championships after sitting out the 1996 season. He will join fellow junior and first-time NCAA participant Brian Stone in the NCAA epee competition.

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