Mar. 1, 1998

Notre Dame Fencers Capture Seventh Consecutive Midwest Crown

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Notre Dame men's and women's fencing teams won their seventh straight Midwest Combined Team Championship. The Irish had four first place finishes and one second place showing.

The number two ranked men's squad won each individual weapon, placing first in epee, foil and sabre. The epee squad was led by Carl Jackson's 7-0 performance. In the championship match Jackson had three victories as the Irish defeated seventh seeded Michigan State 5-2.

The number-two seeded men's foil squad won their weapon's title with a 5-0 victory over Cleveland State. Senior John Tejada paced the Irish's first place finish with a 6-0 record.

Junior All-American Luke LaValle led the sabre squad to first place. In the championship match's first bout LaValle fell behind 4-1 to Northwestern's Erik Spoerke before rallying to a 5-4 victory. The sabre squad went on to defeat Northwestern 5-0 and LaValle finished the day 6-0.

The number one ranked women's team garnered a first and second place finish. The epee team defeated Northwestern 9-4 in the championship match. Sophomore All-American Magda Krol and junior Nicole Mustilli paced the epee squad's victory, Krol was 10-0 on the day while Mustilli finished with an 8-0 mark.

Notre Dame's women's foil team was defeated by Ohio State in the championship match. Sara Walsh led Irish foil team with 10 victories and no losses. Walsh was 4-0 in the Irish's 9-7 loss to Ohio State.

The Irish are now preparing to host the 1998 NCAA Combined Fencing Championships. The competition will be held at Saint Mary's Angela Athletic Facility on March 19-22.

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