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    Amy Orlando  
    Amy Orlando

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Brookline, MA

    High School:
    Wilson

    Height:
    5-5

    Event:
    Epee

    Birthdate:
    01/22/1985

    Club:
    Northwest (Oregon) Fencing Center


    2005 NCAA Runner-Up
    Three-Time All-American
    Academic All-America Candidate (3.48)
    U.S. Junior National Team (2005)
    Women's Epee Team Captain

    Second-year captain who combines with newcomer Kelley Hurley to give Notre Dame one of the top women's epee tandems in the nation ... advanced to the NCAAs each of the three previous seasons, with her pair of All-America finishes including a lead role in Notre Dame's historic rally to win the 2005 NCAA team title ... provides excellent leadership skills due to her helpful demeanor, team focus and outgoing personality ... a hard worker whose practice regimen has paid big dividends during her college career ... has developed into a very intelligent fencer who is able to maximize her smaller frame for top results ... showed her ability to compete on the highest level at the 2005 NCAAs, reaching the women's epee final before losing to Wayne State's Anna Garina ... has posted several wins over the 6-foot-1 Garina (a Ukranian native) during various college competitions ... a leading Academic All-America candidate who entered her senior year with a 3.48 cumulative GPA, as a psychology major ... reached women's epee final at the 2006 USFA Summer Nationals, losing title bout to her future teammate Hurley ... was listed ninth in the USFA women's epee national "rolling" rankings (as of Dec. 11, 2006), with Hurley second on that list behind her sister Courtney Hurley (the fencers ranked 3rd-8th included Maya Lawrence, Lacey Burt, Lindsay Campbell, Neely Brandfield-Harvey, Christa French and Lauren Willock) ... a very ambitious fencer who is known for her tactical sense, timing and instincts ... tireless worker in training and a fighter on the strip ... has shown a boost in her agility and overall athleticism ... developed her fencing skills and knowledge under the direction of Northwest Fencing Center coach Michael Marx, a former Notre Dame assistant who has coached with the U.S. national team staff ... one of six fencers on the 2007 Irish roster from the Oregon fencing pipeline, with the others including epeeist Aaron Adjemian (who also trains at the NFC) and four sabreists from the Oregon Fencing Alliance ... enters senior season with 129-37 career record that leaves her 15 wins shy of the top-10 on the Notre Dame list for career women's epee wins (41 wins would place her in the top-5) ... joined former ND teammate Kerry Walton, Lawrence and Campbell on the U.S. team that competed at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey ... had the best result among the U.S. epeeists at that world event, placing 25th in the elite field (she lost to Germany's Lisa Wolinsky, 10-15 in the round-of-16) ... earlier joined Kelley Hurley and Kamara James on U.S. women's epee squad that competed in the 2004 World Junior Championships (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) ... clinched spot on that team with semifinal finish at 2004 Junior Olympics (in Cleveland), losing tight bout to her club teammate Keri Byerts (14-15) ... competed at the recent North American Cup in Richmond, Va. (Dec. '06) ... serves as fencing team's representative on Notre Dame's Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

    AS A JUNIOR: Earned an at-large berth in the NCAAs but ended up a few spots out of her third career All-America finish (15th), with her junior year also including a 44-15 record in the regular season, a 5th-place Midwest Fencing Conference finish and 7th-place at the Midwest Regional ... received Notre Dame fencing program's prestigious Langford Leadership Award (also named MVP of women's epee team) ... her 12-3 record at the Northwestern Duals included a 5-1 win over UNC's Courtney Krolikowski while her 7-6 mark at the NYU Duals featured a 5-4 win over the home team's Lauren Willock and a sweep of the St. John's duo Reka Szele (5-3) and Joanna Guy (5-3) ... continued her career success versus WSU's Garina at the ND Duals (13-3 record), battling back from 0-3 deficit for 5-4 overtime win, also topping All-American Anne Kercsmar (5-1) and her Duke teammate Dorothy Hubbard (5-3) ... closed regular season with 12-3 record at UCSD Duals before placing fifth at the MFCs, with quarterfinal loss to teammate Madeleine Stephan (11-15) ... posted win over Ohio State's Kaela Brendler in MFC women's epee team championship matchup (OSU won 5-2) ... entered Regional in Cleveland as #4 seed but slipped to #9 for the direct-elimination, followed by win over Northwestern's Sara Pecherek in the round-of-16, a narrow loss to WSU's Garina in the quarterfinals (14-15), an 11-15 loss to Ohio State's Aleksandra Obrazcova and a 15-11 win over Northwestern's Courtney DuBois in the 7th-place bout ... earned at-large spot at the NCAAs (in Houston) and opened with 6-8 record on day-1, highlighted by sweep of fencers from eventual NCAA champion Harvard (5-3 vs. Maria Larsson and 5-4 vs. Jasmine McGlade), plus other top wins over three All-Americans: Penn's Holly Buechel (2-1, OT), Cornell's Meghan Phair (5-3) and Duke's Kercsmar (3-2) ... went 5-4 on day-2 at NCAAs to finish 15th (11-12), three spots out of All-America honors ... her final-day bouts included 5-2 win over Columbia's Rachel Rowe, a 5-1 win over NYU's Jean Goto and a sweep of SJU fencers Szele and Guy (both 2-1, OT bouts) ... reached semifinals at Penn State Open in fall of '05 (losing to her teammate Kim Montoya), using late surge to beat WSU's Justyna Konczalska in quarterfinals (15-12) and adding win in 3rd-place bout over PSU's Case Szarwark (15-9) ... placed seventh at 2005 Summer Nationals (Sacramento), 23rd at the N.A.C. in Pittsburgh (Dec. '05) and 19th at the N.A.C. in Houston (Jan. '06).

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Capped impressive second year by reaching NCAA title bout in women's epee ... earlier had compiled 36-10 regular season before finishing second in MFCs and fifth at Midwest Regional ... received fencing program's DeCicco/Auriol Women's Epee Leadership Award ... stood 11th after first day of NCAAs (8-6), with notable wins over teammate Kerry Walton (5-4), the SJU pair of Szele (3-2, OT) and Guy (5-2) and WSU's Garina (4-3/OT; in a preview of the title bout) ... closed with 8-1 record on Sunday as Irish completed their historic 24-point comeback to edge Ohio State for NCAA title (173-171) ... went 4-1 vs. fencers from top contenders (Ohio State, SJU and Penn State) while posting 8-4 record in one touch bouts ... her early wins on final day included 5-4 vs. Penn's Buechel (the eventual round-robin leader) ... combined with Walton to go 11-1 in final two rounds, including her sweep of PSU's Szarwark (5-3) and Andrea Wine (5-4) and Duke's Kercsmar (5-2) ... Szarwark and Kercsmar were former All-Americans while Orlando's win over Wine gave Irish their first lead of the four-day tournament (168-167) ... the 16-7 round-robin record earned her the fourth seed in semifinals ... posted her ninth straight win of the day by defeating Buechel in 15-5 semifinal but was outdistanced in the final against Garina (6-15) ... earlier matched her seed by finishing fifth at Regional, with key wins over OSU's Kaela Brendler (5-3), WSU's Anna Vinnikov (5-4) and Northwestern's Sharon Sullivan (5-3) ... her wins over OSU's Marguerite Plekhanov (3-2) and Brendler (5-3) helped women's epee team place third at MFCs... edged by Walton (14-15) in MFC finals, after defeating Sullivan (15-6) in quarterfinals and Vinnikov (15-13) in semi's ... won 31 of final 34 regular-season bouts (5-7 start at NYU Duals) ... went 13-3 on first day of ND Duals and 18-0 on second day, with sweep of OSU's epeeists (3-2 vs. Plekhanov, 4-3 vs. Brendler, 5-1 vs. Leslie Lampman) to help the Irish women claim number-one ranking with a 16-11 win ... also topped Vinnikov and Garina at ND Duals ... her 2004 fall events included placing eighth at both the Penn State Open (14-1 in pools, later adding 15-8 win over PSU's Szarwark) and Junior World Cup in Louisville, Ky., before placing fifth at N.A.C. in Richmond (beat Brendler in round-of-16) ... opened 2005 at Junior World Cup in Budapest and N.A.C. in Overland Park, Kan., where she placed third in junior-level bouts (7-15 semifinal vs. Byerts) and eighth in the open competition (9-8 OT win over Byerts; other wins over Willock and Lawrence).

    AS A FRESHMAN: Overcame slow start to post 49-13 regular-season record (.790) before taking third at MFCs, seventh at Regional and 10th at NCAAs (good for All-America honors) ... received the Notre Dame fencing program's DeCicco/Langford Award, recognizing inspiration and dedication ... won 45 of final 49 regular-season bouts, after starting 4-6 at Northwestern Duals and 0-3 at Penn State (lost twice in OT) ... her unbeaten mark at NYU Duals (13-0) included key bouts in team's 14-13 win over Columbia (5-2 vs. Kim Bush and 4-3 in OT vs. Rowe) ... her 18-4 showing at ND Duals included wins over former club teammate Sullivan of Northwestern (5-3) ... added 14-0 record at Purdue in West-vs.-Central Duals ... swept OSU fencers (5-4 vs. Alexandra Shklar) to lead team's 5-1 win in MFC quarterfinals ... reached semifinals of MFC individual competition before losing to eventual NCAA champ Garina (11-14) ... placed seventh at Regional (6-5) as #5 seed, with 4-3 win over Shklar ... All-America 10th-place NCAA finish (at Brandeis) included wins over Sullivan (5-4 OT), Shklar (5-4), PSU's Szarwark (5-1), Garina (3-2) and Duke's Kercsmar (5-3) ... did not fence at Penn State Open in fall of '03 due to Junior World Cup in Italy (8th) ... placed 10th at N.A.C. in Palm Springs while posting three top-10 finishes at Junior World Cups (6th in Slovakia, 8th in Italy,10th in Hungary) and reaching semifinals at 2004 Junior Olympics (in Cleveland).

    PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Wilson High School while competing for Northwest (Ore.) Fencing Center ... member of U.S. team at the 2003 Junior World Championships (Sicily) ... placed third at 2003 Junior Olympics and in senior-level bouts at '03 N.A.C. in Kansas City ... finished in top-64 at 2003 Senior World Cup ... traveled six weeks in Europe for Senior World Cups ... father Frank Orlando graduated from Notre Dame in 1963 ... daughter of Karen Miller and Frank Orlando ... full name is Amy Elizabeth Orlando ... born Jan. 22, 1985, in Falls Church, Va. ... a psychology major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.

    Orlando's Career Record

    YearWLPct.NCAA Finish
    20044913.79010th
    20053610.7832nd
    20064414.75915th
    Career12937.777

    Orlando in the NCAAs (40-29, +23)
    2004: 13-10 round-robin (+12 in touches)
    Sharon Sullivan (Northwestern) .................................... 5-4
    Kerry Walton (Notre Dame) ........................................ L, 3-5
    Kaela Brendler (Ohio State) ........................................ L, 4-5
    Alexandra Shklar (Ohio State) ........................................ 5-4
    Apphia Taylor (Air Force)................................................ 5-2
    Holly Buechel (Pennsylvania) .................................... L, 1-5
    Livia Rurarz-Huygens (Pennsylvania)............................ 5-1
    Courtney Krolikoski (North Carolina) .......................... 5-0
    Case Szarwark (Penn State) ............................................ 5-1
    Katarzyna Trzopek (Penn State) ................................ L, 4-5
    Sara Forsythe (Temple).................................................... 5-2
    Lucy Mendel (M.I.T.) ........................................................ 5-2
    Jasmine McGlade (Harvard)............................................ 5-2
    Meghan Phair (Cornell)................................................ L, 3-5
    Ruth Schneider (Brown) .............................................. L, 3-5
    Alexie Rubin (Columbia/Barnard).............................. L, 1-2
    Jessica Lewis-Turner (Brandeis) .................................... 5-0
    Erin McGarry (Princeton) ................................................ 5-1
    Erica Korb (Yale) .......................................................... L, 3-4
    Anne Kercsmar (Duke) .................................................... 5-3
    Anna Garina (Wayne State).............................................. 5-2
    Anna Vinnikov (Wayne State) .................................... L, 1-5
    Katherine Harvard (Cal Tech) .................................... L, 1-2
    • Finished 10th
    2005: 16-7 round-robin (+17 in touches)
    Anna Garina (Wayne State).............................................. 3-2
    Anna Vinnikov (Wayne state)...................................... L, 2-5
    Kaela Brendler (Ohio State) ........................................ L, 1-5
    Jean Goto (NYU)................................................................ 5-4
    Lauren Willock (NYU) ...................................................... 5-4
    Sarah Abraham (Wellesley) ........................................ L, 4-5
    Morgan Midgley (Columbia/Barnard) ...................... L, 2-3
    Alexie Rubin (Columbia/Barnard).............................. L, 2-3
    Jasmine McGlade (Harvard) ...................................... L, 2-5
    Kerry Walton (Notre Dame) ............................................ 5-4
    Courtney DuBois (Northwestern) .................................. 5-3
    Kira Hohensee (Princeton) .............................................. 5-3
    Erin McGarry (Princeton)............................................ L, 2-3
    Holly Buechel (Pennsylvania) ........................................ 5-4
    Case Szarwark (Penn State) ............................................ 5-3
    Andrea Wine (Penn State)................................................ 5-4
    Anne Kercsmar (Duke) .................................................... 5-2
    Reka Szele (St. John's) .................................................... 3-2
    Joanna Guy (St. John's) .................................................... 5-2
    Courtney Krolikoski (North Carolina) .......................... 5-2
    Chelsea Ambort (UC-San Diego) .................................... 5-1
    Eliza Enyart (Air Force) .................................................... 5-4
    Katherine Harvard (Cal Tech) ........................................ 5-1
    • Defeated Buechel in semifinals (15-5)
    • Lost to Garina in final (6-15)
    2006: 11-12 round-robin (-6 in touches)
    Madeleine Stephan (Notre Dame) .................................. 4-5
    Sharon Sullivan (Northwestern) .................................... 0-1
    Justyna Konczalska (Wayne State) ................................ 3-5
    Kaela Brendler (Ohio State) ............................................ 0-5
    Anna Garina (Wayne State).............................................. 4-5
    Maria Larsson (Harvard) ............................................ W, 5-3
    Meghan Phair (Cornell) .............................................. W, 5-3
    Jasmine McGlade (Harvard) ...................................... W, 5-4
    Eliza Enyart (Air Force) .................................................... 3-5
    Chelsea Ambort (UC San Diego).................................... 3-5
    Holly Buechel (Pennsylvania).................................... W, 2-1
    Dorothy Hubbard (Duke) ................................................ 3-4
    Brianna Ferarra (Temple) .......................................... W, 3-2
    Anne Kercsmar (Duke)................................................ W, 3-2
    Rachel Rowe (Columbia) ............................................ W, 5-2
    Ruth Schneider (Brown) ............................................ W, 5-3
    Morgan Midgley (Columbia)............................................ 3-5
    Katarzyna Trzopek (Penn State) .................................... 1-5
    Erin McGarry (Princeton) ................................................ 1-2
    Case Szarwark (Penn State) ............................................ 2-5
    Reka Szele (St. John's) ................................................ W, 2-1
    Jean Goto (NYU) .......................................................... W, 5-1
    Joanna Guy (St. John's) .............................................. W, 2-1
    • Finished 15th
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