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2009 Notre Dame Duals, Day 1

The Notre Dame fencing team during day one of the Notre Dame Duals on February 7 at the Joyce Center.


2/9 Notre Dame Duals

The Notre Dame fencing team faces off against others at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.


Notre Dame Women's Fencing 2007 Photo Gallery (photos by Jim O'Connor and Chris Pedota)

Notre Dame women's fencing at 2007 NCAAs (Madison, NJ; photos by Jim O'Connor and Chris Pedota).


Notre Dame Men's Fencing 2007 NCAA Photo Gallery (photos by Chris Pedota)

2007 NCAA Fencing Championships, day-2 of men's competition (Madison, NJ). Photos by Chris Pedota.


NCAA Fourth Place Finisher (2008)

First Team All-American (2007, 2008)

Second Team All-American (2006)

CoSIDA Academic All-America (2008)

U.S. Junior National Team Member (2006)

Women's Foil Team Captain

Fourth-year standout who has emerged as one of nation's top women's foilists, after earning All- America honors in her first three years with the Irish ... has become more patient with picking her spots and deciding when to force the action ... an intelligent fencer who does extensive film study of her previous bouts ... has mental toughness to overcome any challenge during a competition ... overcomes smaller frame with significant physical preparation and extensive bouting practice that simulates tough situations ... steadily moved up national rankings while making her technical actions more complex and effective ... owned a solid overall ranking of 13th among all U.S. women's foilists (she is not currently ranked, due to limited competition in '07&'08) ... earlier completed the 2005-06 USFA circuit with fifthplace standing in junior rankings ... enters senior season having won nearly 90 percent of her regular-season bouts with the Irish (170-22; .885), representing the sixth-most career wins in women's foil history ... quick fighter on the strip with good actions on her touches and a strong workrate ... nicknamed "Adi" ... invited member of Notre Dame athletics' Academic Honors faculty mentoring program.

RECENT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RESULTS: Competed in two Junior World Cup events during 2006 fall semester, placing 64th in Bratislava, Slovakia (Oct.), and 45th in Jesi, Italy (Nov.) ... her results on 2005-06 Jr.World Cup circuit included 39th in Jesi (Nov. '05), 88th in Budapest (Jan. '06) and 83rd in Lyon, France (Feb. '06) ... member of U.S. team that competed at 2006 Junior World Championships in South Korea ... competed alongside Emily Cross,Doris Willette and Lindsay Knauer on U.S women's foil team that took fourth at 2006 World Jr. Championships (South Korea; April '06) ... the U.S. beat Hong Kong (45-12) and Hungary (45-43) before semifinal loss to eventual champ Italy (34-45) ... opened 2006-07 USFA competition with seventh-place finish at North American Cup in Albuquerque, N.M. (Nov. '06), followed by 13th at N.A.C. in Richmond,Va. (Dec. '06), another seventh-place finish at the N.A.C. in Columbus, Ohio, and a runner-up finish at the Junior Olympics in Denver, Colo. ... her 2005-06 USFA results included: 14th in overall D-1 standings at Pittsburgh N.A.C. (Dec. '05); 21st overall and third in junior/U-20 competition (behind Willette and Nemecek) at the Houston N.A.C. (Jan. '06); runner-up to Cross at Junior Olympics in Hartford, Conn. (Feb. '06); 12th in overall bouts at the Sacramento N.A.C. (April '06); and 17th in Atlanta at Summer Nationals (July '06), among elite field that included Cross, Iris Zimmermann (former NCAA and world champ), Erinn Smart ('04 Olympian), former ND four-year All- American Andrea Ament and recent Ohio State standout Hanna Thompson (Nott also was 19th in U-19 bouts at 2006 Summer Nationals) ... earlier placed 33rd at 2005 Summer Nationals in Sacramento and 16th at Albuquerque N.A.C (Nov. '05).

AS A JUNIOR: Earned First Team All-American honors with a fourth place finish at NCAAs ... runner-up at the NCAA Midwest Regional ... named Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP and the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award winner ... posted a 69- 10 (.873) record in the regular season ... at the Western Invite went 15-0 on day one and allowed only five touches at the event, including 12 shutouts ... her most noteworthy win at the event came against Stanford's Jessica Wacker (5-0),who was a 2007 NCAA entrant ... went 10-1 at the Northwestern Duals ... posted an impressive 22-0 record at the ND duals ... at the Midwest Regionals opened with a 4-1 record in pool play, including wins over Northwestern's Sam Nemecek (5-0) and Meredith Baskies, also of Northwestern, (5-2) ... received the top seed and a first round bye in direct elimination ... advanced to the final with a win over Natalie Wang of Northwestern (15-6) ... defeated Baskies (15-4) and Reese (15-7) to advance to the finals ... fell to Oksana Dmytruk of Ohio State (15-10) in the championship bout ... in the fall season, reached semifinals at annual Penn State Open ... had a quarterfinal win over Penn's Abby Emerson, loss to Ohio State's Knauer in semifinals (4-15) and win over Northwestern's Nemecek in 3rd-place bout (15-6).

AS A SOPHOMORE: Turned in a dominating regular season that saw her win more than 90 percent of her bouts (57-6) before an equally impressive postseason that included winning the Midwest Fencing Conference and NCAA Midwest Region titles (plus a 3rd-place finish for All-America honors at the NCAAs) ... she and freshman epeeist Kelley Hurley were named co-MVPs of the 2007 Notre Dame women's fencing team (she also was named the women's foil team MVP) ... won all but one of her 18 bouts at the ND Duals, with a pair of key wins to help Irish women edge Ohio State, 14-13 (5-0 vs. Courtney Streithorst; 5-2 vs. Holly McKibben) ... kept rolling at the NYU Duals (15-3), where her pair of wins versus Northwestern (5-2 vs. Jessica Florendo; 5-1 vs. Christina Wang) helped produce another thrilling 14-13 win for the Irish women ... had several other top wins at NYU, in bouts versus the Columbia duo of Kelsey Finkel (5-0) and Cassidy Luitjen (5-3), North Carolina's Diana Schawlowski (5-2),Yale's Alisa Mendelsohn 5-2) and Katia Larchanka of St. John's (4-3) ... swept all 10 of her bouts at the Duke Duals, including a 5-1 win over Marilyn Tycer and a 5-3 victory over Myramn Ruth that helped the women's foil team battle back to beat Air Force ... closed the regular season with a 17-2 record at the Northwestern Duals that included a 5-2 win over Florendo, two wins over Penn State (5-2 vs. both Tamara Najm and Allison Glasser), and a 5-1 bout with Temple's Nina Gernes ... Doris Willette (a U.S. junior national teammate of Nott's) edged Nott for a 5- 4 win and a 14-13 PSU team victory ... maintained her top seed at the MFC by breezing through her pools, followed by 15-2 wins over ND teammate Cota in the round of 16 and OSU's McKibben in the quarterfinals ... rolled on to the MFC title with a 15-10 semifinal victory over Florendo and a comfortable margin in the final (15-6, vs. the other Northwestern standout, Nemecek) ... had pair of wins - over Streithorst (5-1) and Julia Tikhonova (5-2) - in MFC epee team semifinal (won 5-4 by OSU) ... entered Regional (at ND) as #2 seed but moved up to top spot after pool bouts ... followed with big wins over OSU's Streithorst (15-4) and McKibben (15- 2; round-of-8) before again topping the NU duo (15-10 semifinal vs. Florendo; 8-6 final vs. Nemecek) ... joined Hurley as two of five Notre Dame fencers (two men, three women) in current decade who have won MFC and Regional titles in same season ... had a chance to pull off the postseason trifecta at the NCAAs (in Madison, N.J.), after finishing third in the round robin (18- 5) ... suffered loss to St. John's newcomer Monika Golebiewski in the NCAA semifinals (3-15) but won overtime battle with PSU's Najm in thirdplace bout (9-8; trailed 2-4) ... her 12-2 record on day one of the NCAAs included going 5-2 versus fencers who finished the day in the top-eight: 5-1 vs. both Florendo and Nemecek; 5-3 vs. OSU's Tikhonova; 5-2 vs. Najm; and 5-1 vs. Penn's Emerson ... closed on day two with a 6-3 record that included key wins over Columbia's Kathleen Reckling (5-0) and the Harvard duo of Arielle Pensler (5-1) and Misha Goldfeder (3-2) ... was tied for third after the round robin but seized third seed due to strong total-point indicators (+42) ... combined with Prot for 29 wins in NCAAs, trailing only PSU's 40 and SJU's 30 among the women's foil field ... earlier had been runner-up at the Jr. Olympics in Denver, Colo.... had another impressive finish as runner-up at Penn State Open in fall of '06, after entering as #11 seed ... top wins at PSU Open came vs. Temple's Gernes (5-2), the fifth seed, Emerson of Penn (4-3),WSU's Howard (5-0), #7 seed Zoya Abdikulova of Penn (5-0), PSU's Anne Jackson (15-4, in DE), #8 seed Melissa Parker of Temple (15-7 quarterfinal) and Harvard's Pensler (15-2 semifinal), before losing 7-15 final to Cross (who fences for Harvard).

AS A FRESHMAN: Won nearly 90 percent of her bouts in regular season (44-6) before reaching MFC semifinals, finishing as runner-up at the Midwest Regional and earning All- America honors with sixth-place finish at NCAAs (in Houston) ... named MVP of women's foil squad ... her 15-1 record at Northwestern Duals included 5-2 wins over NU's Nemecek and Fullerton's Senta Breden ... followed with more impressive wins at NYU Duals (11-3), vs. eventual NCAA champion Erzsebet Garay of St. John's (5-3), Yale's Alisa Mendelsohn (5-4), Columbia's Kathleen Reckling (5-4) and NYU's Kristen Wentrcek (5-0) ... her 14-2 record at ND Duals included wins over Florendo (5-2) and Duke's Tycer (5-1) ... added 4-0 mark at OSU Duals ... topped teammate Melanie Bautista in MFC semifinals (15-2) before losing semifinal to Nemecek (3-15) ... her wins over Amelia Galliard (5-2) and Kristen Rill (5-0) helped knock off Ohio State in MFC team semifinals ... had two wins vs. Northwestern (3-2 vs. Nemecek, 5-1 vs. Wang) in MFC team title matchup that went to final bout (4-5) ... regional runner-up finish (in Cleveland), posting DE wins over OSU's Marguerite Plekhanov (15-1),Wang (15-11) and Florendo (15-13) before losing final bout to Nemecek (7-15) ... opened NCAAs 9-5, with her top day-one wins vs. defending champion Cross (5-4), Harvard's Chloe Stinetorf, Florendo, PSU's Najm, Penn's Emerson and Fullerton's Breden (all 5-2), plus WSU's Howard (5-1) ... completed her sixth-place All-America showing (15-8) with 6-3 record on day two, including wins over Columbia's Kelsey Finkel (5-0), eventual runner-up Jacqueline Leahy of Princeton (5-2), Princeton's Sara Jew-Lim (5-2), Temple's Gernes (5-1) and NYU's Wentrcek (5-0) ... seven previous ND freshman women's fencers had posted top-six finishes at the NCAAs: foilists Alicja Kryczalo ('02 champ), Ament ('02 runnerup), Sara Walsh ('96 runner-up) and Molly Sullivan (5th in '85), epeeist Magda Krol ('97 champ), and Valerie Providenza ('04 champ) and Mariel Zagunis ('05 runner-up) ... placed 12th at PSU Open (fall '05), losing in round of 16 to her club teammate and former OSU standout Metta Thompson.

PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Pittsford Mendon HS while training at the Rochester Fencing Club, under Nat Goodhartz (a U.S. national team coach) ... ranked in the top-10 in age group throughout youth fencing ... had topeight finishes in junior and cadet N.A.C.'s from '01-'05 (top-32 at Jr.World Cups in Slovakia and France) ... finished top-eight at cadet and junior nationals from '01-'05 ... member of National Honor Society ... full name is Adrienne Marissa Nott ... daughter of Ken Nott and Teri Pasadero ... born April 30, 1987, in Baltimore ... a double major in Japanese and psychology, in the College of Arts and Letters.

Adrienne Nott
Adrienne  Nott


Pittsford, NY

High School:




Rochester Fencing Club

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