March 13, 1998
Notre Dame Qualifies Maximum 10 Fencers for NCAA Championships
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's men and women's fencing team is one of the three schools to qualify 10 fenders for the NCAA championships which will be held at the Angela Athletic Facility at Saint Mary's College March 19-22. Schools can qualify no more than two fencers in each of the five weapons contested, men's epee, women's epee, men's foil, women's foil and men's sabre. Three-time defending champion Penn State and St. John's are the other two school to qualify 10 fencers to the NCAA championships.
The championship will consist of 24 fencers in each of the five weapons for a total of 120 fencers. A school's finish in the championship will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its fencers during the competition in which each fencer has 23 bouts against the rest of the field. Thirty schools will be represented with at least one fencer in the championships.
Notre Dame sophomore Magda Krol will look to defend the 1997 NCAA women's epee title she won as a freshman. She will headline the women's epee field after posting a 41-5 record and claiming her second straight Midwest women's epee championship. Junior Nicole Mustilli will make her first appearance in the NCAA championship for the Irish after compiling a 57-11 record in '98 and placing second at the Midwest fencing championships.
Two-time NCAA women's foilist runner-up and two-time All-American Sara Walsh will lead the Irish in women's foil. The Mishawaka, Ind., native, advanced to the finals in each of the last two years and finished the season with a 45-4 record. Teammate and fellow Mishawaka, Ind., native, Myriah Brown will join Walsh in the women's foil field. Brown, also a two-time All-American with a 49-4 '98 record, finished sixth in 1996 as a freshman and fifth in 1997 as a sophomore.
On the men's side, junior two-time All-American Luke LaValle and freshman Andrej Bednarski will fence in the men's sabre competition for the Irish. LaValle, 32-3 in '98, placed fifth and fourth at the NCAA championships in each of the last two years while Bednarski, a Granger, Ind., native, with a 43-9 record, finished second to LaValle at the Midwest fencing championships.
A pair of seniors, Carl Jackson and Brian Stone, will fence in the men's epee competition. Jackson, 28-8 this year, will be making his third appearance in the NCAA championships with his best result being a sixth-place finish as a freshman in 1995. Stone placed 13th a year ago at the NCAA championships in his first appearance and enters the championship on a roll after winning the Midwest epee championship and ending the regular season with a 32-9 record.
Junior Stephane Auriol and senior John Tejada round out Notre Dame's fencing entrants as the two men's foilists. A native of Elkhart, Ind., Auriol won the Midwest foil championship and finished with a 35-12 record this season. He will be making his second appearance in the NCAA championships after placing 16th a year ago. Tejada went 35-13 this year and has qualified for his first NCAA championship appearance.
1998 NCAA Fencing Championship Participants
Women's Foil Zoe Hawes Air Force Susan Jennings Columbia-Barnard Erinn Smart Columbia-Barnard Emily DeVilla NYU Angela Hai NYU Myriah Brown Notre Dame Sara Walsh Notre Dame Yelena Kalkina Ohio State Patricia Szelle Ohio State Jagna Gromulska Pennsylvania Margo Katz Pennsylvania Carla Esteva Penn State Claire Jackson Penn State Orsi Szotyovy Princeton Christina Orrico Rutgers Karen Moroney St. John's Karla Romanek St. John's Monique de Bruin Stanford Felicia Zimmermann Stanford Marissa Barnes-Hopkins Temple Jaime Beecher Temple Agata Wysiadecka Wayne State Hannah Appel Yale Kate Zuckerman Yale Women's Epee Janet Wertz UC San Diego Melinda Mellman Columbia-Barnard Nancy Allen Cornell Catie Webb Fairleigh Dickinson Christy Beckert NYU Nancy Martin NYU Melanie Byrd North Carolina Michelle Schaffner Northwestern Magda Krol Notre Dame Nicole Mustilli Notre Dame Kari Coley Pennsylvania Alexandra Korfanty Penn State Charlotte Walker Penn State Matilda Acerra Princeton Kristina Hurme Princeton Laura Cunningham Rutgers Nicole Dygert St. John's Raven Johnson St. John's Jessica Lisagor Stanford Nelia Mann Stanford Gina DeTeso Temple Marta Sciubisz Wayne State Whitney Anderson Yale Sharon Katz Yale Men's Epee Ryan Moon Air Force Aaron Waxler Brandeis Jesse Carlson Cal- State Fullerton Elie Gurarie Case Western Reserve Noah Zucker Columbia Mike Gattnar Harvard Andrew Prihodko Harvard Matt Coates MIT Abe Berman NYU Josh Leslie NYU Carl Jackson Notre Dame Brian Stone Notre Dame Geoff Kane Ohio State Charles Hamann Pennsylvania John Wright Pennsylvania Brendan Baby Penn State Tom Peng Penn State Marco Acerra Princeton Jason Burrell Princeton John Gringeri Rutgers George Hentea St. John's Alex Roythblat St. John's Tom Hunt Stanford Eric Tribbett Stanford Men's Sabre James Steiner Air Force Luke Mountain Boston College Tim Morehouse Brandeis Jon Taqqu Brown Paolo Roselli Cleveland State Chaun Shaahid Cleveland State Patrick Durkin Columbia Mark Bara Detroit Lee Scheffler Harvard Paul Palestis NYU Andrzej Bednarski Notre Dame Luke LaValle Notre Dame Michael Golia Pennsylvania Aaron Steuwe Penn State Michael Takagi Penn State Graham Brooks Princeton Maxim Pekarev Princeton Jeffrey Colella Rutgers John Johnson Rutgers Walter Procek St. John's Keeth Smart St. John's Sasha Zucker Stanford Mitsu Sudo Yale Taka Sudo Yale Men's Foil Colin Clinton Brandeis Brian Sirlin Brandeis Ted Padgitt UC San Diego Monty Tuominen Cleveland State Jed Dupree Columbia Dan Kellner Columbia Robert Manchen Duke Brian Osserman Harvard Jeff Peyton Lawrence Richard Menzi NYU Jason Wells North Carolina Stephane Auriol Notre Dame John Tejada Notre Dame Cliff Bayer Pennsylvania Yaron Roth Pennsylvania David Lidow Penn State Gang Lu Penn State Peter Rosen Princeton Joel Mangum St. John's John Tiomkin St. John's Tim Chang Stanford Alex Wood Stanford Peter Devine Yale Ayo Griffen Yale