Internationally-experienced fencer who could join foilists Molly Sullivan (?88), Myriah Brown (?99) and Sara Walsh (?99) and epeeist/foilist Magda Krol (?00) as fifth Notre Dame women?s fencer ever to be four-time All-American (six men?s fencers and eight other ND student-athletes have earned that distinction) ? 16th in preseason U.S. epee rankings (Nov. 5) ? growing into role as second-year captain ... intelligent, ambitious fencer who has physical presence to excel in epee ... combines with All-America classmate Meagan Call and junior Kerry Walton (the 2002 NCAA champion) to give the Irish three NCAA-caliber women?s epeeists ... makes up for small frame (5-4) with excellent technical ability and clutch performances ... heads into 2003 ranked seventh in ND history for women?s epee wins (140-36; 30 shy of third) and fourth in epee win pct. (.795) ... placed 20th at 2002 Summer Nationals (Greenville, S.C.) ? posted 4.0 semester GPA in spring of 2002 ? placed eighth at Penn State Open (fall 2002).
AS A JUNIOR: Followed strong regular season (46-8; .852, 7th all-time among ND women?s epeeists) with runner-up finish at Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, fourth at the Midwest Regional, and NCAA All-America finish (10th) at Drew University ? opened 10-1 at Northwestern Invitational, with wins over Temple?s Sara Forsythe (5-1) and Julia Korony (5-2) and UNC?s Beth Athanas (5-2) ? 8-2 record at NYU Duals included 5-4 win over 2001 NCAA runner-up Arlene Stevens ? posted 14-2 mark at Air Force Duals, with 5-4 win over Northwestern?s Jen Greenebaum ? 10-2 record at Ohio State Duals included wins over Greenebaum (5-0) and her teammate Kate Rudkin (5-3) ? edged by Walton in MFC title bout (15-13) before posting 10-6 record at Regional, finishing behind Alex Shklar (OSU), Rudkin and Walton ? battled tough field at NCAAs, placing 10th (14-9) with another 5-4 win over SJU?s Stevens and 4-3 win over Princeton?s Maya Lawrence ? placed seventh at Penn State Open (fall 2001) and 23rd at North American Cup in Palm Springs.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Recovered from slow start to post 53-18 regular season ... repeated as ND women?s epeeist of the year ... hard-pressed to return to NCAAs, as No. 6 seed at Midwest Regional (she placed fifth and later claimed one of region?s five NCAA berths) ... earned All-America with 12th-place NCAA finish (12-11) ... her top NCAA wins came vs. OSU?s Shklar (5-1), NU?s Greenebaum (5-2), and Stanford?s Jessica Lisagor (5-3) and Annie Simpson (5-2) ... closed with 39-7 record at ND Invitational (27-4) and Duke Duals (12-3) ... went 6-0 in MFC team bouts, including 5-4 win over Wayne State?s Marta Sciubisz in title matchup (ND won 5-2) ... advanced to MFC title bout, beating Call in semi?s (15-11) before losing to Shklar (15-14) ... placed 19th at Penn State Open (fall 2000).
AS A FRESHMAN: Earned All-America with ninth-place NCAA finish (14-11) ... led epee squad with 41-10 regular-season record ... finished first at MFCs (9-8 over NU?s Kellie McDonald in title bout), fifth at Regional (7-4) ... placed fourth at Penn State Open (fall 1999).
PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Brighton High School in Rochester, N.Y., fencing under former Notre Dame assistant Mike Marx ... held national ranking all four years in high school, with top-16 overall national rank ... has competed in World Cup events in France, Germany, Italy and Poland ... born Nov. 29, 1979, in Mishawaka, Ind. ... an American Studies major in the College of Arts and Letters.
Carnick?s Career Record