• 2001 and 2002 NCAA Qualifier
  • 2003 All-American

    Proven leader and second-year sabre captain whose sixth-place finish played key role in 2003 NCAA championship ... quick fencer and fierce competitor, with wide variety of technical moves ... compensates for smaller frame with strong all-around skills and mental toughness ... serves as president of ND's Student-Athlete Advisory Council ... was 26th in 2002 U.S. women's sabre rankings ... three-year NCAA Tournament participant ... excellent athlete and natural talent, completing difficult combination moves with smooth efficiency ... makes quick transition into competitive mode ... enters senior season with .840 career win pct. (126-24) that ranks 16th in ND women's fencing history ... a hard worker who has trained at Indiana Fencing Academy ... has made strides in her technique while working with former Irish assistant (current head coach) Janusz Bednarski ... placed 17th at '01 Junior Olympics (Salt Lake City) ... enters senior year with 3.22 cumulative GPA, including Dean's List semester in spring of '02.

    AS A JUNIOR: Played key role in winning NCAA title, placing sixth for All-America honors (her 16 wins equaled her combined victory total from '01 and '02) ... posted 40-5 record in regular season (.889, third-best in ND women's sabre history) before placing fifth at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships and fourth at the Midwest Regional ... did not fence at Ohio State Duals, due to illness ... went 12-1 in first day at ND Duals (7-2 on second day), including 5-2 wins over Air Force's Andrea Rix and Northwestern's Lauren Dunn ... closed with 13-1 record at Duke Duals and 8-1 mark at MSU Duals ... lost to OSU's Louise-Bond Williams in MFC quarterfinals before placing fourth at Regional, held at OSU (8-3, as second seed) ... was in position to challenge for NCAA semifinals, finishing sixth at 16-7 (5-2 in one-touch bouts) ... her 9-5 start at NCAAs included win over Julia Gelman of St. John's (5-4) and Penn State's Heather Brosnan (5-3), plus 5-4 win over Northwestern's Emily Pasternak and 5-4 losses to SJU's Christina Crane and Temple's Sakinah Shaahid ... beat eventual NCAA champ Alexis Jemal of Rutgers (5-4) on 7-2 second day, finishing with 5-0 win over PSU's Austin O'Neill to help seal team's NCAA title ... placed fourth at Penn State Open (fall '02).

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Fashioned strong regular season (45-8) before reaching MFC semifinals and matching seed with second-place finish at Regional (in Cleveland) ... 10-0 at Northwestern Invitational, with 5-4 win over All-American Sarah Walsh (Johns Hopkins) ... her 8-4 record at NYU Duals included 5-4 win over '01 NCAA runner-up Marisa Mustilli (SJU) ... lost tight bout vs. teammate Cari McCullough (15-14) in MFC semifinals ... clinched NCAA spot by edging McCullough for second at Regional, behind OSU's Bond-Williams ... went 8-15 for 18th-place NCAA finish (at Drew University) ... took fifth at Northwestern Open and 18th at Penn State Open in fall of '01 before placing 19th at North American Cup (Palm Springs).

    AS A FRESHMAN: Posted most wins (41-11, .788) on sabre squad ... had 8-1 debut at NYU Duals ... won 18 of 19 bouts at ND Invitational (3-0 in 17-10 win over Northwestern) ... closed with 8-6 record at Duke Duals ... advanced to MFC semifinals, losing to Northwestern's Carly Wells (8-15) ... headed into Regional as No. 4 seed before claiming NCAA berth with third-place finish (behind Wells and McCullough) ... finished 17th at NCAAs (8-15), with wins over Wells (8-15) and SJU's Lauren Collet (5-2) ... placed fifth at Penn State Open (fall 2000).

    PREP & PERSONAL: Multi-sport athlete at Culver Academy ... fencing team captain as a junior ... 10th in junior national point standings ... third at under-19 summer nationals ... earned two letters in golf, also playing as a shortstop on softball team ... daughter of Max and Angelique Milo ... born Nov. 24, 1981, in Valparaiso, Ind. ... a sociology and computer applications major in the College of Arts and Letters.

    Milo's Career Record

    YearWLPct.NCAA Finish

    Destanie Milo
    Destanie  Milo


    Knox, IN

    High School:
    Culver Girls Academy




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