Fencers post strong results in summer competition
Notre Dame's two-time NCAA foil champion and two-time Olympian has left a profound impact on American fencing, at three fundamental levels.
Nine fencers earn All-America honors in Notre Dame's runner-up finish
Notre Dame within seven points of Princeton for overall team lead
Notre Dame looks to win fourth NCAA title under head coach Janusz Bednarski
Images of the former Irish fencer competing in the 2012 Olympics.
Notre Dame Fencing: 2011 National Champions
Fencing (Ewa Nelip, Courtney Hurley and Eileen Hassett photos)
The Irish fencing team takes on opponents from all over the midwest on February 28, 2009.
HONORS & AWARDS
INTERNATIONAL RESULTS: Finished seventh at the Leipzig Epee World Cup in early February '13 ... at Pan American Championships, won women's epee title ... out-touched older sister Kelley 15-14 in the semifinals ... won the medal bout and title by besting U.S. Olympic teammate Katharine Holmes 15-14 ... scored the clinching touch for the United States in the women's team epee bronze medal match at the 2012 Olympic Games ... gold medalist at the 2012 Pan American Championships (team) and the USA Fencing National Championships ... claimed silver at the 2012 January North American Cup ... bronze medalist in the individual women's epee at the Pan American Championships ... reached the podium in six major events in 2011, including three gold medal finishes ... top finisher in the team epee at the 2011 Pan American Games while sweeping both divisions at the USA Fencing National Championships ... named the 2009-10 Junior World Cup Points winner for the junior women's epee division ... finished nearly 20 points clear of second-place Johanna Bergdahl from Sweden ... in the seven tournaments she competed in on the year, finished first in five ... finished her junior circuit with a victory in Mexico on May 5, 2010 ... also finished third in the senior table at the Pan-American Championships held in San Jose in April ... captured 2009 Junior World Cup gold medals at Montreal, Helsinki, Tauberbischofsheim and Budapest ... won the 2008 Carl Schwende Junior World Cup event held in Montreal ...teamed with her sister, Kelley, and two other fencers to win the 2008 Junior Team World Championships in Italy ... placed first at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ... in 2007, finished third at the Senior Pan American Championships in Montreal, fifth at a Senior World Cup event held in Germany and 11th at a Senior World Cup event in Luxembourg ... won the gold medal at the 2006 Cadet World Championships in Korea ... also won the Pittsburgh and Albuquerque N.A.C. events in 2006.
AS A SENIOR (2013): Was crowned NCAA Champion in women's epee for the second time in her career in front of a hometown crowd in San Antonio, Texas ... earned first team All-America honors for the fourth time ... posted an 18-5, +44 indicator in round robin play ... bested Olympic teammate Susannah Scanlan of Princeton 15-6 to clinch the title ... in regular season play was 39-5 overall, bringing her career total to 192-20 ... at St. John's Invitational in Jamaica, N.Y. was nearly undefeated, boasting a 13-1 mark ... out-touched Ohio State's Caroline Piasecka 5-4 to start the day before struggling against Katarzyna Dabrowa, 5-3 ... blanked Tasha Domashovetz 5-0 ... was undefeated for the rest of the day against Penn State, Harvard, St. John's and Columbia foes ... went 8-1 the following day at NYU Invite ... again bested Columbia 3-0 and went up 2-1 against Northwestern ... against Columbia, posted a duet of 5-0 scores ... lost to priority in overtime to Northwestern's Courtney Dumas, but won remaining bouts against Kate Cavanaugh and Dina Bazarbayeva 5-4 and 5-2, respectively ... posted matching winning scores of 5-3 against a trio of St. John's opponents ... at Northwestern Duals, fought her way to a 7-3 mark ... after sitting out against Fairleigh Dickinson, was undefeated against North Carolina ... bested Lidea Shahidi 5-2, before out-touching Alexandra Mead 5-3 ... finished the Tar Heel bouts with a close, 5-4 victory over Kacie Albert ... kept her poise and out-dueled UC San Diego combatants to remain undefeated ... lost both bouts against Princeton ... was narrowly out-touched by Hanna Safford, 5-4, and could not regain momentum against Phoebe Caldwell, losing the match 5-2 ... was 1-1 against Ohio State, going down by one against Piasecka but recovering to beat Domashovetz 5-1 ... did not compete at Duke Duals or Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Championships due to international competitions .... finished the regular season undefeated at the Notre Dame Duals, notching an 11-0 mark ... posted a pair of 5-0 wins over Wayne State ... blanked Detroit's Paige Zmudczyinski before besting Kaylah Berndt 5-1 ... finished the bouts with the Titans up 5-2 against Lauren Snarski ... remained undefeated against Northwestern ... finished her day squaring off against Air Force Academy, blanking Jessica Steuber 5-0, Angelica Phillips 5-2 and Olivia Prosseda 5-2 ... at the NCAA Midwest Regional competition, posted 14-1, +37 indicator mark to easily clinch first place ... after her first day of NCAA competition was 11-4 and in third place ... after earning her way into the semifinals with the No. 3 seed, squared off with Penn State's Margherita Guzzi-Vincenti ... bout see-sawed between the two epeeists, as Hurley won the first period 5-3 only for Guzzi-Vincenti to tie it in the second round 10-all ... came back in the third period to go up, 13-10, but Guzzi-Vincenti scored to tie the round 14-14 ... clinched the victory and trip to the finals with a hand touch at one minute remaining in the bout ... earned a monogram.
2012 NCAA SEASON: Did not compete due to Olympic training.
AS A JUNIOR (2011): Earned first career gold medal and first team All-America honors at the NCAA Championships, defeating Harvard's Noam Mills 8-7 in overtime ... posted a 19-4 mark, and +42 indicator, during championship pool play ... joined sister, Kelley (2008), as Notre Dame epee gold medalists ... collected all-Midwest Fencing Conference first team recognition after claiming gold in the women's epee at the MFC Championships ... logged a perfect 6-0 mark in pool play while posting a +25 indicator (30-5) ... stormed through the early rounds of direct elimination, dropping first two opponents by a combined 30-2 margin (15-1 each bout) ... defeated Ohio State's Caroline Piasecka 15-11 to claim the tournament victory ... surpassed the 40-win plateau in the regular season for the third time, finishing with a 44-4 mark ... posted a clean 3-0 sweep of No. 6 Columbia at the NYU Invitational, dropping Gaby Strass (5-2), Katya English (5-1) and Lydia Kopecky (5-1) ... logged a 3-0 record against members of No. 7 Northwestern at the NYU Invitational, clinching the match with a 5-1 triumph over Kate Cavanaugh ... scored the winning match point in the final team clash at NYU against No. 5 Ohio State with a 5-0 shutout of Tasha Domashovetz ... won two of three bouts against No. 4 Penn State at the St. John's Challenge ... capped the team victory over No. 3 Harvard with a 4-1 defeat of Dakota Root at St. John's ... recorded second straight 3-0 sweep to aid the Irish in a 15-12 team win over No. 5 St. John's ... earned a pair of bout triumphs over Brianna Martin (5-1) and Hannah Safford (5-4) of No. 4 Princeton at the Northwestern Duals ... monogram winner.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Named a first-team All-American as a result of her showing at the NCAA Championships ... earned first team all-Midwest Fencing Conference honors for her runner-up finish at the MFC Championships ... recipient of the 2010 Knute Rockne Student-Athlete Award ... concluded the regular season with a record of 59-6 in epee competition and earned her second straight berth into the NCAA Championships ... began season with a perfect 18-0 ledger at the NYU Invitational, including 3-0 records against Yale, Columbia, Northwestern, St. John's and Ohio State ... followed that with a 9-3 mark at the St. John's Challenge ... went 20-2 in competition at the Northwestern Duals and notched the match-clinching point at 14-3 against Christine Forsythe of Fairleigh Dickenson (5-0) ... wrapped up the regular season with a 15-1 showing at the Notre Dame Duals ... finished runner-up at the Midwest Fencing Conference championships, falling to teammate and sister Kelley in the finals, 15-11 ... advanced into the finals with four convincing wins ... defeated teammate Caroline Dikibo in the round of 32, 15-2 ... downed Amanda Cantlin of Chicago in the round of 16, 15-3 ... earned her ticket to the finals with back-to-back wins over Nicole Tilley (15-4) and Kayley French (15-6) of Northwestern ... helped her epee squad capture the team title at the event, defeating Northwestern in the final by the score of 5-1 ... claimed a 4-3 victory over Christa French in the bout ... secured her second-consecutive NCAA Midwest Regional title, defeating Kayla French (Northwestern) in the finals, 15-14 ... advanced to the finals with a 15-4 win over Mary Pozydaev of Ohio State in the round of eight, and a 15-12 decision over Christa French of Northwestern in the semifinals ... concluded her season with a tie for third place in the NCAA Championships ... excelled through round robin play, posting a 19-4 record to go along with a +32 indicator, good for the third seed in the final four table ... fell to Penn State's Margherita Guzzi Vincenti in the semifinals, 15-11.
AS A FRESHMAN: Finished the regular season with a 50-5 record before earning first team All-American honors at the NCAA Championship ... began her college career with a 6-0 record at the St. John's Duals ... recorded her first career win against Columbia's Martyna Urbanowicz (5-2) ... went 8-3 at the NYU Invitational, including 3-0 against St. John's ... had an impressive day (17-2) at the Northwestern Duals, including going 3-0 against both John Hopkins and Temple ... also went 2-0 against North Carolina, Northwestern and Detroit at the Northwestern Duals ... went undefeated at the Notre Dame Duals, finishing 19-0 ... went 3-0 against Stanford and Cal Tech at the Notre Dame Duals ... registered 50th career win at the Notre Dame Duals ... beat Northwestern's Joanna Niklinska, 15-8, to win the women's epee title at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships and earn first-team all-conference honors ... beat Lawrence's Meghan Bonham, 15-0, and Wayne State's Emanuela Bercera, 15-7, in the early rounds of the championships to advance to the round of 16 ... in the round of 16, knocked off Ohio State's Mary Pozydaev, 15-11 ... beat Notre Dame teammate Ewa Nelip, 15-10, in the quarterfinals ... disposed of Northwestern's Christa French, 15-10, in the semifinals to advance to take on Niklinska ... won the NCAA Midwest Regional title ... her run to the title began with a perfect 5-0 record in pool play, which earned her the top seed in the final eight ... beat her sister and Notre Dame teammate Kelley, 15-9, in the semifinals ... won the title bout against Nelip, 15-9 ... her run to the title was so dominant that no non-Irish opponent landed more than seven touches against her all day, while Kelley and Nelip could only land nine ... went 21-2 during pool play at the NCAA Championships to advance to the semifinals ... lost to Penn State's Anastasia Ferdman, 15-13, in the semifinal ... went 2-0 against Penn State, Ohio State, Columbia and St. John's during round-robin play at the championship.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Earl Warren High School in San Antonio, Texas ... coached by her father, Robert Hurley, and the late Paul Pesthy at the family's Team Hurley Fencing Club in San Antonio ... ranked 160th in the world senior rankings and third in the world junior rankings entering her first season at Notre Dame ... ranked as high as 14th in the world senior rankings and second in the world junior rankings ... sister, Kelley, also fenced for Notre Dame ... daughter of Robert and Tracy Hurley ... graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in film, television and theatre and a supplementary degree in computer applications in May of 2013.
Hurley's Career Record