World-class fencer who already would own two NCAA titles if not for her career coinciding with classmate Alicja Kryczalo (the `02-'04 NCAA foil champ) ... reached the NCAA title bout in `02 and `04 while finishing 3rd in `03 as member of NCAA champs ... one of just six Notre Dame women's fencers (as are Kryczalo and current senior epeeist Kerry Walton) ever to finish 1st-5th at three-plus NCAAs ... others are foilists Molly Sullivan (`85-'88), Heidi Piper (`90-'92) and Sara Walsh ('96-'99) ... on verge of joining elite group of 21 ND student-athletes who have been four-year All-Americans - including Sullivan, Walsh, Magda Krol (`97-'99 epee, `00 foil), foilist Myriah Brown (`96-'99), eight men's fencers, three women's soccer players, four distance runners, a men's basketball player and a baseball pitcher ... could become just the third ND student-athlete ever to be a four-year first-team All-American (top-4 in NCAA fencing are first team) and the first to do so in nearly 20 years, with others being sabre Mike Sullivan ('79) and foilist Charles Higgs-Coulthard ('87) ... also one of 11 ND fencers (six women) ever to reach multiple NCAA title bouts (Kryczalo and sabre Mike Sullivan are the program's only three-time finalists) ... combines with Kryczalo to form arguably the most dominant tandem in NCAA fencing history (they have won 88% of their combined NCAA bouts, 132-18) ... listed 7th in U.S. women's foil rankings (Nov. 20, 2004), behind Iris and Felicia Zimmermann, Erinn Smart, Hanna Thompson, Emily Cross and Ann Marsh ... has lightning quickness and keen sense of timing ... can break opponent's will, with quick step to attack ... clever fencer known for mental toughness and ability to win tough bouts ... combines excellent technique with analytical approach ... has good sense of positioning with small frame (5-foot-4), using timely dodging to decrease target area ... looking to improve her speed and athleticism in final season ... competed with U.S. in 2002 World Juniors (Antalya, Turkey), placing 44th and helping foil team finish 16th ... placed 64th at '02 World Cup (New York) ... her .902 career regular-season win pct. (111-12) ranks 8th in ND women's fencing history ... has won 84% of her NCAA bouts (63-12, includes 1-4 vs. Kryczalo) ... runner-up at `04 North American Cup (Richmond, Va.) with top wins over Thompson (Ohio State), Julia Foldi (Northwestern) and youngster Samantha Nemecheck (15-10 semifinal) before losing 15-11 final to Cross ... withdrew from Penn State Open (fall `04) due to injury.
AS A JUNIOR: Claimed first team All-America honors for third time, after reaching second NCAA title bout (at Brandeis) ... shared ND foil MVP honors with Kryczalo for second straight year ... turned in strong regular season (42-4, .913) before reaching Midwest Fencing Conference semifinals and taking 3rd at Midwest Regional ... 8-1 showing at Northwestern Duals included 3-0 vs. host Wildcats (5-2 vs. Foldi) and 5-1 win over Temple's Jenna Browne ... her 2-1 record helped Irish win 14-13 at Penn State (she rallied from 2-4 to top Marta Grochal and beat Anna Donath, 5-1) ... 11-1 mark at NYU Duals included 5-1 win over Stanford's Eva Petschnigg ... went 21-1 at ND Duals, with sweep of Northwestern (5-2 vs. Foldi, 5-3 vs. Jessica Florendo, 5-1 vs. Christina Wang), 5-1 win over Ohio State's Metta Thompson and 5-4 bout with Fullerton's Senta Breden ... swept Foldi (5-3) and Florendo (5-2) and also beat Metta Thompson in MFC team bouts before losing to Kryczalo in individual semifinals (8-15) ... earned top seed for Regional but placed 3rd (9-2, at Northwestern), including wins over Foldi (5-2) and Metta Thompson (5-1) ... stood in 3rd place after first day at NCAAs (11-3), with key wins over Hanna Thompson (5-2), PSU's Meredith Chin (5-4) and the St. John's duo of Amy Delahanty (5-3) and Elizabeth Gray (5-1) ... added top day-2 wins over Yale's Alisa Mendelsohn (after trailing 0-3, 2-4), Princeton's Jacqueline Leahy (5-4), Foldi (5-2) and Florendo (5-0) for 3rd-place finish in round-robin (19-4) ... battled Hanna Thompson in NCAA semifinal that extended to rare overtime (7-6) ... the tall, lefthanded Thompson employed an epee-like counterattack and led 5-1 before Ament shortened the distance and cut the deficit to 6-4 (she ultimately won on a straight attack in OT) ... the final was tied (4-4) before Kryczalo won five straight and led 12-5 (15-7) ... runner-up to Kryczalo at PSU Open in fall of `03 (11-15), besting Donath and Leahy in quarter and semifinals ... 3rd at North American Cup in Palm Springs (fall `03, lost to Cross in semifinals).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Repeated as first team All-American with 3rd-place finish at NCAAs, playing key role in team's national championship (at Air Force) ... shared ND foil MVP honors with Kryczalo ... posted 41-6 record in regular season ... opened 9-2 at OSU Duals, with losses to Thompson twins ... her 15-2 mark at ND Duals included 5-1 win over Fullerton's Christy Stewart ... added 13-2 record at Duke Duals, with 5-1 win over Duke's Erin Black ... held leads at Duke vs. Stanford duo of Iris Zimmermann (3-0) and Petschnigg (2-0) before losing to pair of former NCAA champs (both 3-5) ... closed 4-0 at MSU Duals ... took 2nd at MFCs, losing 15-9 title bout to Kryczalo ... improved on No. 5 seed by going 9-2 at Midwest Regional (at OSU) for 3rd place, with 5-4 win over Kryczalo and losses to Hanna Thompson and Wayne State's Inga Wallrabenstein ... faced NCAA women's foil field that included 12 returners from '02 (10 All-Americans) ... placed 3rd in NCAA round-robin (19-4) and in final standings, losing semifinal to Zimmerman (7-15) and besting Irina Khouade of St. John's for bronze (15-10) ... tied Khouade for day-1 lead (13-1), with key sweep of PSU's Chin (5-0) and Donath (5-1) and wins over Kryczalo (5-4), SJU's Elizabeth Thottham (5-0) and Princeton's Leahy (5-1) - plus 5-2 loss to Khouade ... 6-3 record on day-2 included split with the Thompson's and wins over Foldi (5-4) and Wallrabenstein (5-3) ... win over Breden helped final push to NCAA title ... runner-up at Northwestern Open, 8th at PSU Open (fall '02).
AS A FRESHMAN: Posted 28-2 regular-season record before placing 5th at MFCs, 3rd at Regional (Cleveland) and 2nd at NCAAs (Drew University) ... top-ranked U.S. under-20 foilist (15th in world) ... went 10-2 at NYU Duals, with 5-0 wins over SJU's Thottham and Jean Hergenhan ... 12-0 mark at OSU Duals included 5-4 win over WSU's Wallrabenstein ... closed 6-0 at WSU Duals ... took 3rd (9-2) at Midwest Regional (No. 2 seed), behind Kryczalo and OSU's Hanna Thompson ... combined with Kryczalo (23-0) for one of most dominating NCAA performances ever by teammates in same weapon ... went 22-1 in NCAA round-robin, with 5-3 loss to Kryczalo (who lost just 15 touches in 23 bouts) ... top NCAA wins came vs. the Thompsons (5-2 vs. Hanna, 5-4 vs. Metta), PSU's Grochal (5-0), SJU's Khouade (5-2) and Thottham (5-4), Wallrabenstein (5-2) and defending NCAA champ Zimmermann of Stanford (5-3) ... beat Khouade in NCAA semi's (15-13), losing 15-6 title bout vs. Kryczalo ... placed 7th at 2001 World Cup in Jesi, Italy, also 2nd to Kryczalo at PSU Open (fall `01) and 6th (Palm Springs) and 5th (South Bend) at North American Cups.
PREP & PERSONAL: Began fencing at age of eight, after urging of her father Albert (a Hungary native) ... active in several youth sports, including swimming ... won bronze medal in 2001 World Juniors foil competition (Gdansk, Poland) ... first fencer ever to medal in foil and epee at Cadet Worlds (third in both; '99 in Hungary) ... six-time Junior Olympic champ ... five-year member of U.S. teams that competed in junior and cadet Worlds ... formerly coached by current ND assistant Zoltan Dudas, at Saturn Fencing Club ... member of National Honor Society ... daughter of Albert and Kim Ament ... full name is Andrea Erika Ament ... born Nov. 11, 1982, in Cleveland ... entered senior year with a 3.24 cumulative grade-point average, as an Arts and Letters pre-professional major.
Ament's Career Record