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    Notre Dame Wins NCAA Fencing Championship

    Alicja Kryczalo had delivered the clinching win for ND's 2003 NCAA title and clinched a share of the title in the team's final bout at the '05 NCAAs (pictured), 5-3 vs. Columbia's Cassidy Luitjen.

    Andrea Ament (15-8) finished 7th to become one of just 15 ND fencers (men and women) ever to be four-year All-Americans.

    Amy Orlando's big push on Sunday (8-1) vaulted her from 11th to 4th and she kept rolling to her ninth straight win in a 15-5 semifinal vs. Pennsylvania's Holly Buechel.

    A weary Valerie Providenza was two wins shy of repeating as the NCAA champ but dropped narrow bouts to Columbia's Emily Jacobson in the semifinals (13-15) and OSU's Siobhan Byrne (11-15, pictured).

    17 - The sabre gold-medal bout featured Olympic teammates Mariel Zagunis and Emily Jacobson, who held on for a 15-11 win over her friend and national teammate.

    Harvard freshman sensation Emily Cross posted a 15-5 win in the foil final (pictured), preventing Alicja Kryczalo (left) from becoming a rare four-time NCAA champion.

    Amy Orlando posted wins in the '03 and `04 NCAA round-robin (5-touch) vs. Wayne State's Anna Garina but found pulling off the win in the 15-touch final to be too tall of an order vs. the 6-foot-1 Ukranian (who repeated as NCAA champ with a 15-6 win).

    The top foil finishers included (from right) champion Emily Cross of Harvard, runner-up Alicja Kryczalo of ND, Erzberet Garay (St. John's), Hanna Thompson (OSU) and ND's Andrea Ament.

    Valerie Providenza (left) and Mariel Zagunis (right) flank third-place finisher Siobhan Byrne of Ohio State.

    Amy Orlando (second from right) accepts her epee runner-up trophy, alongside Wayne State's Anna Garina (far right), Columbia's Morgan Midgley and Penn's Holly Buechel (far left).

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