No. 1 Irish Roll On Final Day Of Duke Fencing Home Meet

Notre Dame won all three of its team matches Sunday to improve to 20-1 this season


Irish Women Perfect, Men Earn Three Dual Wins At St. John's Invitational

Notre Dame wins eight of 10 head-to-head duals at first competition of the season


Irish Earn Pair Of Runner-Up Finishes at Penn State Garret Open

Two Notre Dame fencers take silver at 41st annual competition


Irish Finish Third At 2012 NCAA Championship

Enzo Castellani finishes tied for third in men's foil


Irish Tied Atop Leaderboard After Day One Of 2012 NCAA Championship

Women's epee leads squad with 20 victories on opening day


2011-12 Athletics Highlight Video

Debuted each year at the OSCARS - the year-end highlight video provides a look back at all 26 varsity sports competed at the University of Notre Dame and is created in cooperation with the Student Welfare and Development Office and LeSea Broadcasting.


Notre Dame Women's Fencing

Notre Dame Duals (Women) at Notre Dame (JACC) Notre Dame, Ind. on January 28, 2012.


Honorable Mention All-MFC (2010, 2011, 2013)

MFC Sabre Fifth-Place Finisher (2012)

MFC Sabre 10th-Place Finisher (2013)

Second Team All-MFC (2012)

AS A SENIOR: Was a consistent competitor for the Irish, posting a 34-26 mark ... finished her career with a 132-65 record ... at St. John's Invitational was 8-7 ... following day in NYU Invite was 3-7 ... improved at Northwestern Duals to 11-5 ... at Duke Duals went 4-5 before finishing the season at home 5-2 in the Notre Dame Duals ... in Jamaica, N.Y., out-touched all three Ohio State combatants to start the day undefeated ... against Penn State, won 5-3 over Jessica Russo before suffering losses to Nicole Glon (5-2) and Elizabeth Rapp (5-4) ... bested all three Harvard combatants, winning 5-3, 5-3 and 5-1 against Aliya Itzkowitz, Kara Lee and Elena Helgiu respectively ... lost all three bouts against host St. John's ... struggled against Columbia's Loweye Diedro but regrouped and won a duet of 5-2 bouts versus Sarah Gruman and Essane Diedro ... following day at the Coles Sports Center, went down 5-2 to Loweye and was blanked by sister Essane before again out-touching Gruman 5-3 ... versus Northwestern logged a 1-2 mark ... narrowly lost to Cara Franke, 5-4, but battled back to win against Alicia Gurrieri ... finished the day with a 5-4 win over NYU's Jackie Leval ... at Northwestern Duals started the day with a 5-1 win over Fairleigh Dickinson's Hanna Heldenmuth ... split bouts with North Carolina, struggling with a 5-4 loss to Aislinn Klos but winning 5-4 against Gillian Litynski ... dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to UC-San Diego's Megan Gesner, but rebounded with a 5-1 victory over her Tritan teammate Karinne Caisse ... was undefeated against Cal Tech, blanking Shi En Kim and Emilia Hernandez 5-0 ... logged a 1-2 mark against Princeton ...earned a close 5-4 victory over Gracie Stone ... earned three victories against Temple ... versus Stanford was undefeated, besting Atria Richard 5-3 and Avery Youngblood 5-1 ... finished the day with a 2-1 mark against Ohio State ... all three bouts posted a 5-4 score ... down in Durham, struggled to gain momentum ... won two bouts versus Penn State before losing two to host Duke ... earned a 5-2 victory over North Carolina's Maura Thornton ... at Notre Dame Duals, earned a pair of 5-0 routings against Wayne State before narrowly beating Kaja Klodowska 5-4 ... dropped a 5-4 bout to Northwestern's Chloe Grainger, but won 5-1 against Franke and Gurrieri ... at Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Championships finished in 10th place, good for honorable-mention All-MFC accolades ... competed at NCAA Midwest Regionals, bowing to freshman Johanna Thill with a 10-5, +18 indicator in her final meet with the Irish ... earned a monogram.

AS A JUNIOR: Posted a 10-12 record at the NCAA Championships to claim 15th place and narrowly miss All-America honors ... placed 5th out of 53 participants at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, earning second team all-MFC recognition ... finished pool play undefeated (5-0) with a +20 indicator (25-5) ... blasted Oakland's Kendall Novak 15-1 in the table of 32 ... claimed a 15-5 win over Notre Dame teammate Marta Stepien to advance out of the table of 16 ... participated in four regular season dual events for the Irish ... compiled a 30-19 record on the year ... earned a monogram ... produced an 8-7 record at the St. John's Duals ... defeated Allison Miller (finished 11th at the NCAA Championships) from No. 2 Ohio State 5-4 at the St. John's duals, ultimately sweeping competitors from the Buckeyes 3-0 in the match ... gathered in a 6-7 effort at the NYU Duals, downing Annelise Eeman (5-2), Chloe Grainger (5-2) and Alicia Gurierri (5-3) of nationally-ranked Northwestern ... compiled a 9-1 record at the Notre Dame Duals ... logged victories over Wayne State's Kaja Klodawska (5-1), Katie Bryce (5-2) and Shante Wilkerson (5-1) at the home duals ... posted a 7-4 match record at the Northwestern Duals.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished season with a near-perfect record of 33-3 in sabre ... earned second monogram ... opened year with a 3-1 showing at the NYU Invitational, notching first victory of season against Yale's Brenda Seah, 5-2 ... earned pair of victories against NYU, taking down Jackie Leval (5-1) and Joann Reyes (5-2) ... competed in one bout the following day at the St. John's Challenge, taking down Harvard's Hayley Levitt on the final touch, 5-4 ... posted a 15-1 record at the home Notre Dame Duals, going 3-0 against Lawrence, Cleveland State and Wayne State ... registered a 2-0 mark against Detroit, while also clinching both the sabre victory and overall victory ... recorded a 10-1 ledger at the Northwestern Duals in matches against Fairleigh Dickinson (2-0), North Carolina (3-0), UC San Diego (2-0), Cal Tech (1-1) and Stanford (2-0) ... concluded regular season going 4-0 at the Irish Duals against Chicago (1-0), Illinois (1-0) and Michigan State (2-0) ... clinched the sabre against the Spartans, taking down Samantha Agarland 5-1 ... finished 11th at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships to earn honorable mention all-MFC distinction ... finished 5-0 with a +19 indicator out of pool play to enter direct elimination as the seventh seeded fencer ... earned wins over Jenny Hamilton of Xavier (15-0) and Courtney Park of Northwestern (15-5) to advance to the round of 16 where she was defeated by teammate Sarah Borrmann (15-8) ... also helped sabre squad claim gold in the team weapon the following day ... concluded the NCAA Midwest Regional with a pool play record of 6-3 with a +11 indicator to finish second overall behind teammate and NCAA bronze medalist Eileen Hassett ... named recipient of the Janusz Bednarski Women's Sabre Leadership Award.

AS A FRESHMAN: Earned honorable mention all-MFC after finishing 11th at the Midwest Fencing Championships ... opened up her inaugural campaign with a 12-5 record at the NYU Invitational, including going a perfect 3-0 against NYU ... registered three wins at the St. John's Challenge and clinched the sabre win over St. John's with her 5-1 decision over Kaylee Pike ... notched a record of 11-5 at the Northwestern Duals before finishing the season with an 8-1 record at the Notre Dame Duals ... placed 11th at the Midwest Fencing Championships, finishing first in her pool with a 6-0 record and +19 indicator and reaching the round of 16 before falling to teammate Eileen Hassett, 15-8 ... defeated Kirsten Walker of Michigan State (15-3) in the first round of direct elimination before defeating Katie Friedrichs of Michigan State in the second round (15-4) ... posted two crucial victories in the team sabre championships at the Midwest Fencing Championships, helping preserve a 5-3 victory over Ohio State ... placed ninth at the NCAA Midwest Regionals, notching victories over Ashley McLemore of Detroit (15-1) and Allison Keller of Northwestern (15-14) to conclude her postseason.

PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Concord-Carlisle High School in Concord, Mass., while fencing for the Zeta Fencing Studio as a sabreist ... fenced at the studio for the better part of seven years, climbing up the junior circuit rankings according to the FIE standings ... captured the Massachusetts state fencing title in 2008, while serving as her team's captain ... climbed as high as 61st in the FIE rankings, aided by a seventh-place finish at the World Cup from Montreal, Canada ... also competed on the senior circuit, earning a top-50 result (42nd) at the World Cup in Havana, Cuba ... daughter of William and Brenda Nichols ... graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a history degree and a supplemental degree in sociology in May 2013.

Nichols's Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2010 34 17 .667 --
2011 33 3 .916 --
2012 30 19 .612 15th
Career 97 39 .713 --

Abigail Nichols
Abigail  Nichols


Concord, MA

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