Notre Dame women's fencing at 2007 NCAAs (Madison, NJ; photos by Jim O'Connor and Chris Pedota).
HONORS & AWARDS
2007 NCAA Participant
Veteran foilist who gained valuable experience as a participant in the 2007 NCAAs ... uses her intellect to accurately read distances on the strip and anticipate the actions of her opponent ... has improved her technical ability while gaining experience in different situations ... a battler with good technique ... has implemented more movements into her bouting, providing her more options on a regular basis ... most effective when she is able to harness her emotions and rise above pressure-packed situations ... was ranked among top-10 junior-level fencers in France, with experience competing in various World Championship events ... ended 2005-06 season listed 39th in USFA women's foil rankings for junior-level fencers (Under-20) ... first fencer from France to join the Notre Dame fencing program and believed to be the first native of France in nearly 50 years to join a Notre Dame varsity team (Ed Finlay, a Paris native who attended Cranwell Prep, earned a monogram with the 1959 Irish wrestling team).
AS A JUNIOR: Finished sixth at the NCAA Regionals ... a Midwest Fencing Conference Foil quarterfinalist ... posted a 42-20 (.677) record on the season ... among her 42 wins was her 100th with the fighting Irish (she now has 138 career wins) ... missed out on the Air Force Invitational ... was a perfect 9-0 on day two of the Northwestern Duals ... went 17-1 to pace the foilists at the Notre Dame Duals ... at the regionals, posted a 3-3 record in pool play ... was the fifth seed in direct elimination ... defeated Wayne State's Samantha Strassburg, 15-6, before falling to Irish teammate Haley Reese, 15-9, in the quarterfinals ... edged Northwestern's Meredith Baskies in her first consolation bout, 15-14 ... fell in the fifth-place bout to Ohio State's Lindsay Knauer, 15-4.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Reached 40 wins in the regular season (40-16) for the second straight year before placing 12th in the conference and fifth in the regional, helping secure her a spot in the NCAAs (where she narrowly missed All-America honors) ... her 15-2 record at the ND Duals included playing lead role in 14-13 win for the Irish women over Ohio State ... scored touch with :02 remaining to force overtime with OSU's Courtney Streithorst and then won that bout (giving ND its first lead of the match, 12-11) ... delivered the clinching win moments later (5-1 vs. Holly McKibben, for 14-12 lead) ... registered three wins at ND Duals over fencers with NCAA tournament experience: Wayne State's Lindsay Howard (4-2), Cleveland State's Leigh Pendergrass (5-3) and UC San Diego's Jen Chun 5-2 ... her early 5-4 win over Natalie Wang helped Irish women post another 14-13 win (over Northwestern), as part of her 12-7 record at the NYU Duals ... added three more wins over NCAA veterans during the NYU meet (4-3 vs. Columbia's Kathleen Reckling; 5-1 vs. Yale's Alisa Mendelsohn and 5-1 vs. St. John's All-American Katia Larchanka) ... her 8-1 record at the Duke Duals included shutout of Julie Luce (helping Irish women post comeback win over Air Force) and a 5-4 win over Duke's Marilyn Tycer, yet another fencer with NCAA tournament experience ... closed regular season by going 7-6 at the Northwestern Duals, with a 5-3 win over NU All-American Samantha Nemecek and 5-1 victory over Temple's Nina Gernes (a 2006 NCAA entrant) ... a tough draw in the Midwest Fencing Conference meet placed her vs. NU's other All-American, Jessica Florendo, in round-of-16 loss (she had a 14-8 lead before Florendo rallied for seven straight points) ... had 5-1 wins in the MFC team semifinals vs. OSU's Streithorst and McKibben ... entered Midwest Regional (at ND) as #3 seed and was #5 seed after the pools, followed by 15-4 win over ND teammate Rachel Cota, loss to top seed Julia Tikhonova of OSU (2-15) and 15-9 win over CSU's Pendergrass to clinch a top-eight finish ... lost again to Tikhonova (8-11) but then topped NU's Wang (15-9) and OSU's McKibben (15-12) for fifth-place regional finish ... faced plenty of tough opponents of first day of NCAAs (in Madison, N.J.), bouncing back from 0-6 start to go 5-3 for record of 5-9 on day one ... her top early wins at NCAAs included 5-1 bout with NU's Florendo and 5-4 victory over Penn's Ilana Sinkin ... added 6-3 record on day two to finish 11-12, tying five others for 10th but placing 14th on total-point indicators (two places out of All-America honors) ... ended six touches shy (she was +5) of earning 12th place in that tiebreaker ... posted top day-2 wins at the NCAAs over Columbia's Cassidy Luitjen (5-2), Harvard's Arielle Pensler (5-4) and Princeton's Jocelyn Svengsouk (5-1) ... closed the NCAAs with last-second winning touch vs. Princeton's Sara Jew-Lim (0:04; 5-4) ... she and classmate Adi Nott (18-5) had third-most combined wins (29) in NCAA women's foil field ... placed 14th at Penn State Open (fall '06), improving on #23 seed with noteworthy 5-4 wins over #4 seed Alison Glasser of PSU, Temple's Nina Gernes and NU's Florendo (lost to Penn's Abby Emerson in DE).
AS A FRESHMAN: Turned in strong regular season (56-12) before winning MFC title and placing seventh at regional (in Cleveland), narrowly missing spot in NCAAs ... opened 16-0 at Northwestern Duals, highlighted by wins over NU's Nemecek (5-4) and Florendo (5-1) ... her 7-7 record at NYU Duals included 5-1 win over host team's Kristen Wentrcek (5-1), plus losses to several top fencers (Columbia's Kelsey Finkel and Kathleen Reckling and St. John's duo of Erzsebet Garay and Larchanka) ... her 16-2 record at ND Duals included sweep of Northwestern's top duo (5-3 vs. Nemecek, after trailing 0-3, and 5-2 vs. Florendo), also adding noteworthy wins over CSU's Pendergrass (5-2) and WSU's Howard (5-2) ... went 5-0 at OSU Duals before closing 12-3 at UCSD Duals, with top win over Fullerton's Senta Breden (3-2) ... her 6-0 pool record earned top seed in MFC direct-elimination, followed by 15-11 quarterfinal with WSU's Howard, 15-4 semifinal battle with NU's Florendo and 15-9 title bout vs. Nemecek ... had key wins in MFC team bouts, besting OSU's Kristen Rill in semifinals (5-4; ND won 5-0) before topping two Northwestern fencers in 4-5 title bout (5-3 vs. Wang, 5-4 vs. Florendo) ... entered regional (in Cleveland) as #4 seed but fell to #7 entering DE stage ... went on to beat Howard (15-12) but lost to Florendo (12-15) and Nemecek (12-15) before dropping 11-14 decision to OSU's Amelia Galliard in seventh-place bout ... earlier placed ninth at Penn State Open in fall of '05, with only losses in pools coming versus defending NCAA champ Emily Cross of Harvard (3-5) and Princeton All-American Jacqueline Leahy (4-5), ultimately losing to PSU's Tam Najm in round of 16 ... placed 20th in junior/U-20 bouts at North American Cup in Albuquerque (Nov., '05), also 15th at Jr. Olympics in Hartford, Conn. (Feb.) and 68th in U-19 bouts at '06 Summer Nationals (Atlanta).
PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Lycee Saint-Jean High School while training at Cercle d'Escrime de Limoges (C.E.L.) ... daughter of Alain and Yvonne Prot ... full name is Emilie Yvonne Prot ... born June 8, 1987, in Houston, Texas ... a pre-professional studies major, enrolled in the College of Science.