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
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
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.