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    March 19, 1998

    Notre Dame Leads After First Day At NCAA Fencing Championships

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's women's fencing team, bolstered by a 7-1 head-to-head record against three-time defending champion Penn State, stands in first place after the first of four days at the NCAA men's and women's fencing championships at the Angela Athletic Facility in Notre Dame, Ind. The Irish lead the field with 44 points while Stanford is second with 42 points and Penn State third with 34. Yale is fourth with 31 and Columbia-Barnard fifth with 28.

    The women fenced five of eight rounds on Thursday with rounds 6-8 and the championship bouts to conclude on Friday. Men's sabre will fence rounds 1-5 on Friday and conclude on Saturday. Men's epee and foil will be contested Saturday and Sunday.

    The championship consists of 120 fencers in five weapons with teams receiving one point for each win in the 24 fencer round-robin competition in each weapon. The top four fencers in each weapon advance to the championship semifinal and final where the winner in each weapon will be determined. Wins in this portion of the competition do not count toward team standings.

    Notre Dame's two-time NCAA women's foil runner-up Sara Walsh leads the women's foil competition with a 13-1 record with her only loss coming to Ohio State's defending champion Yelena Kalkina in a rematch of the 1997 title bout. Stanford Felicia Zimmermann and Monique de Bruin and Columbia-Barnard's Erinn Smart all stand at 12-2.

    Penn State's Alexandra Korfanty leads the women's epee competition with a 12-2 record with both of her losses coming to Notre Dame. Penn State's Charlotte Walker, Stanford's Jessica Lisagor, St. John's 1996 NCAA women's epee champion Nicole Dygert, Penn's Kari Coley and Notre Dame's Nicole Mustilli have identical 11-3 records.

    The Irish lead the competition on the strength of the 7-1 record against Penn State. Walsh and Brown went 4-0 against the Nittany Lions in women's foil while Mustilli and Magda Krol were 3-1. Stanford has not yet fenced Notre Dame and Penn State in either epee or foil.

    Penn State is looking for its fourth straight NCAA fencing championship. Notre Dame, NCAA champions in 1994, is the last team to beat the Nittany Lions at the NCAA championships.

    First Day Notes

    • Notre Dame's Sara Walsh leads the women's foil competition with a 13-1 record, her only loss coming to Ohio State defending NCAA women's foil champion Yelena Kalkina by a 5-4 score. The Stanford duo of Felicia Zimmermann and Monique de Bruin and Columbia's Erinn Smart are all tied for second with 12-2 records. Kalkina is ninth at 10-4.
    • Penn State's Alexandra Korfanty leads the women's epee competition with a 12-2 record with both losses coming to Notre Dame's defending women's epee champion Magda Krol and Nicole Mustilli. Five fencers are tied for second at 11-3, including St. John's 1996 women's epee champion Nicole Dygert.
    • The first touch of the 1998 NCAA men's and women's fencing championships was scored by Walsh against Brown. Walsh trailed 4-1 in that bout before winning 5-4.
    • In an early rematch of the 1997 championship bout, Dygert defeated Krol 5-4 in the second round.
    • Kalkina lost her first bout of the championship to teammate and 1997 third-place finisher Patricia Szelle 5-1. Kalkina beat Smart 5-1 in round three, handing Smart her first defeat of the championship.
    • In head-to-head competition between Notre Dame and Penn State, the Irish went 7-1. In round three of women's foil, the Irish swept the Lions 4-0. Walsh beat Claire Jackson 5-0 and Brown rallied from 3-1 to beat Carla Esteva 5-3. Brown then beat Jackson 5-1 and Walsh beat Esteva 5-2.
    • Penn State and Notre Dame fenced women's epee in round five with the Irish winning three of the four bouts. Krol handed Korfanty her first loss of the championship 5-4 and Mustilli beat second-place Charlotte Walker 5-4 after both Krol and Mustilli scored double-touches after leading 4-3. Mustilli beat Korfanty 5-3 before Walker gave Penn State its only victory against Notre Dame with a 5-1 win over Krol.
    • Round three also saw Stanford and St. John's, two of the top women's epee teams, battle head-to-head with the four fencers split 2-2. The Cardinal's Jessica Lisagor beat both Dygert 5-3 and Raven Johnson 5-1. Dygert and Johnson both beat Stanford Nelia Mann 5-4.
    • Two of the top women's foil pairs highlighted round four as Midwestern rivals Notre Dame and Ohio State battled to a 3-1 Irish advantage. Brown rallied from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits for a 5-4 win over Kalkina before Walsh rallied from 3-1 for a 5-3 win over Patricia Szelle. Brown beat Szelle 5-2 before Kalkina, after leading 4-2, held off Walsh 5-4 in a rematch of the 1997 NCAA women's foil title bout.
    • Penn State and Ohio State fenced in women's foil in round five with the Buckeyes winning 3-1. Kalkina beat Jackson 5-0 and Szelle beat Esteva 5-2. Szelle then beat Jackson 5-3 before Esteva downed Kalkina 5-1.

    First Day Results

    Place  Team                               MS  MF  ME  WF  WE  Points
    -----  -------------------------------    --  --  --  --  --  ------
      1.   Notre Dame                          0   0   0  24  20    44
      2.   Stanford University                 0   0   0  24  18    42
      3.   Penn State                          0   0   0  11  23    34
      4.   Yale University                     0   0   0  17  14    31
      5.   Columbia/Barnard                    0   0   0  23   5    28
      6.   St. John's University               0   0   0   9  15    24
      7.   Ohio State University               0   0   0  20   0    20
      8.   Pennsylvania, University of         0   0   0   7  11    18
      9.   New York University                 0   0   0   7   8    15
     10.   Wayne State                         0   0   0   8   6    14
     11.   Temple University                   0   0   0   7   6    13
     12.   Princeton University                0   0   0   1  10    11
     12.   Rutgers University                  0   0   0   5   6    11
     14.   U.C.S.D.                            0   0   0   0   9     9
     15.   Northwestern                        0   0   0   0   8     8
     16.   Air Force                           0   0   0   5   0     5
     16.   Fairleigh Dickenson                 0   0   0   0   5     5
     18.   Cornell University                  0   0   0   0   2     2
     18.   UNC, Chapel Hill                    0   0   0   0   2     2
     20.   Boston College                      0   0   0   0   0     0
     20.   Brandeis University                 0   0   0   0   0     0
     20.   Brown University                    0   0   0   0   0     0
     20.   Cleveland State                     0   0   0   0   0     0
     20.   Cal State, Fullerton                0   0   0   0   0     0
     20.   Case Western Reserve                0   0   0   0   0     0
     20.   Detroit Mercy                       0   0   0   0   0     0
     20.   Duke University                     0   0   0   0   0     0
     20.   Harvard University                  0   0   0   0   0     0
     20.   Johns Hopkins                       0   0   0   0   0     0
     20.   Lawrence University                 0   0   0   0   0     0
     20.   M.I.T.                              0   0   0   0   0     0
    
    WOMEN'S FOIL
    Place  Name                          Team               V   V/B   TS  TR  Ind
    -----  ----------------------------  ----------------  --- ----- --- --- ----
      1.   Sara Walsh                    Notre Dame         13  .928  69  27  +42
      2.   Zimmermann, Felicia           Stanford           12  .857  66  21  +45
      3.   Smart, Erinn                  Columbia/Barnard   12  .857  63  26  +37
      4.   de Bruin, Monique             Stanford           12  .857  63  28  +35
      5.   Zuckerman, Kate               Yale               11  .785  63  33  +30
      6.   Brown, Myriah                 Notre Dame         11  .785  65  41  +24
      7.   Jennings, Susan               Columbia/Barnard   11  .785  62  46  +16
      8.   Szelle, Patricia              Ohio State         10  .714  60  36  +24
      9.   Kalkina, Yelena               Ohio State         10  .714  59  38  +21
     10.   Esteva, Carla                 Penn State          8  .571  56  48   +8
     11.   Wysiadecka, Agata             Wayne State         8  .571  53  52   +1
     12.   Appel, Hannah                 Yale                6  .428  47  50   -3
     13.   Hai, Angela                   N.Y.U.              6  .428  48  54   -6
     14.   Moroney, Karen                St. John's          6  .428  44  55  -11
     15.   Orrico, Christina             Rutgers             5  .357  44  58  -14
     16.   Beecher, Jaime                Temple              5  .357  41  57  -16
     17.   Hawes, Zoe                    Air Force           5  .357  36  58  -22
     18.   Gromulska, Jagna              Pennsylvania        4  .285  41  63  -22
     19.   Jackson, Claire               Penn State          3  .214  38  62  -24
     20.   Katz, Margo                   Pennsylvania        3  .214  37  65  -28
     21.   Romanek, Karla                St. John's          3  .214  35  64  -29
     22.   Barnes-Hopkins, Marissa       Temple              2  .142  38  63  -25
     23.   Szotyory-Grove, Orsi          Princeton           1  .071  27  66  -39
     24.   De Villa, Emily               N.Y.U.              1  .071  23  67  -44
    
    WOMEN'S EPEE
    Place  Name                          Team               V   V/B   TS  TR  Ind
    -----  ----------------------------  ----------------  --- ----- --- --- ----
      1.   Korfanty, Alexandra           Penn State         12  .857  67  42  +25
      2.   Walker, Charlotte             Penn State         11  .785  67  31  +36
      3.   Lisagor, Jessica              Stanford           11  .785  64  45  +19
      4.   Dygert, Nicole                St. John's         11  .785  63  46  +17
      5.   Coley, Kari                   Pennsylvania       11  .785  60  43  +17
      5.   Mustilli, Nicole              Notre Dame         11  .785  60  43  +17
      7.   Krol, Magda                   Notre Dame          9  .642  59  41  +18
      8.   Katz, Sharon                  Yale                9  .642  60  47  +13
      9.   Wertz, Janet                  U.C. San Diego      9  .642  55  45  +10
     10.   Schaffner, Michelle           Northwestern        8  .571  56  48   +8
     11.   Mann, Nelia                   Stanford            7  .500  55  54   +1
     12.   Beckert, Christy              N.Y.U.              7  .500  54  55   -1
     13.   Hurme, Kristiina              Princeton           7  .500  50  57   -7
     14.   Cunningham, Laura             Rutgers             6  .428  56  59   -3
     15.   Sciubisz, Marta               Wayne State         6  .428  52  58   -6
     16.   DeIeso, Gina                  Temple              6  .428  46  56  -10
     17.   Webb, Catie                   Fairleigh Dcknsn    5  .357  45  52   -7
     18.   Anderson, Whitney             Yale                5  .357  50  59   -9
     19.   Mellman, Melinda              Columbia/Barnard    5  .357  42  57  -15
     20.   Johnson, Raven                St. John's          4  .285  48  62  -14
     21.   Acerra, Matilda               Princeton           3  .214  39  62  -23
     22.   Byrd, Melanie                 North Carolina      2  .142  44  67  -23
     23.   Allen, Nancy                  Cornell             2  .142  42  65  -23
     24.   Martin, Nancy                 N.Y.U.              1  .071  29  69  -40
    

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