Mar. 2, 1997

Notre Dame Fencers Sweep Team Championships

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame fencing team 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 came in first in all five weapons. Ohio State placed second in the entire tournament. Ohio State came in second in four weapons; the men's sabre, men's foil, women's epee and women's foil. Northwestern claimed the third spot in the tournament and their highest finish was second in the men's epee.

The closest match of the day came in the women's foil championship. The Notre Dame women's foil team faced a highly competitive Ohio State squad in the match. Senior captain Rose Saari registered two decisive victories, while sophomore Myriah Brown had three victories and one loss in the match. Notre Dame won the women's foil championship by a score of 9-7. In the women's epee championship Notre Dame defeated Ohio State 9-4. In the men's sabre championship Notre Dame beat Ohio State 5-2. The Notre Dame men's foil team defeated Ohio State 5-2 for the championship of that weapon. In the men's epee championship Notre Dame defeated Northwestern 5-1.

At the conclusion of the tournament, the Association of Midwestern Fencing Coaches honored former Notre Dame head coach Michael DeCicco. DeCicco guided the Notre Dame fencing team for 34 years (1962-1995). He led Notre Dame to five national championships in his tenure. DeCicco was honored for his invaluable contribution to American fencing.

Mar. 1, 1997

Notre Dame Fencers Prove Deserving of No. 1 Seed

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame men's and women's fencing teams proved they were deserving of their top seed at the Midwestern Team Championships. Both the men's and women's squads went undefeated in the first day of the championships. With their performance, Notre Dame advanced every weapon to Sunday's direct-elimination tournament. Ohio State, seeded second in the tournament, advanced four of their squads to Sunday's action.

The Midwestern Team Championshops changed from the double-eliminiation, dual-meet style in favor of a more basic tournament. The 12 teams in the tournament were placed into two separate pools based on their seeding. The top four teams from each pool advance to Dunday's direct-elimination tournament. In Sunday's tournament, Notre Dame will be seeded first in four of the five weapons. Wayne State claimed the No. 1 seed in the men's eppe team tournament. Ohio State earned the No. 2 seeds in four weapons, women's epee and foil and sabre.

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