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    March 23, 2005


    Valerie Providenza reacts to her early win over Olympian Emily Jacobson of Columbia, sparking Providenza to a 9-0 record on the final day while her fellow sabre Mariel Zagnuis closed 8-1.

    The foil corral was the place to be in Sunday's second-to-last round, as Notre Dame and Ohio State split four bouts while the strip was surrounded by vocal supporters from both schools.

    Alicja Kryczalo's win over Hanna Thompson gave Notre Dame an early in the foil showdown that also included two other top fencers in Stanford's Iris Zimmerman (fencing with the ND pair) and Princeton's Jacqueline Leahy (paired with OSU).

    Andrea Ament leaps into the arms of Alicja Kryczalo while the vocal Irish fans roar in approval during the bouts vs. Ohio State.

    Amy Orlando's win over Penn State's Case Szarwark - with Kerry Walton and other Irish fencers looking on - helped Orlando and Walton deliver a clutch sweep of their final six bouts (four vs. PSU and two vs. Duke's Anne Kerschmer).

    Alicja Kryczalo fenced Notre Dame's final round-robin bout of the four-day tournament and delivered the win that clinched at least a share of the NCAA title.

    Andrea Ament (right) and Alicja Kryczalo closed their stellar careers with eight combined All-America finishes, six combined trips to the foil final and two team championships.

    (from left) Student managers Elisabeth Dieckelman and Tim Sheehan, Mariel Zagunis, Patrick Ghattas, Danielle Davis, Jakub Jedrkowiak, Andrea Ament, Frank Bontempo, Valerie Providenza and Matt Stearns.

    Foilist Frank Bontempo - who narrowly missed a spot in the NCAA field - was selected to carry the trophy while leading the Irish onto the victory stand.

    (from left) Paul Reyes, North Carey, Michal Sobieraj, Melanie Bautista, Derek Snyder, Patrick Donnelly, Amy Orlando, Kerry Walton, Alicja Kryczalo, Rachel Cota, Andrzej Bednarski, Aaron Adjemian, Janusz Bednarski, Dave Stabrawa and Zoltan Dudas.

    Notre Dame's competitors at the 2005 NCAAs included: (front row, from left) sophomore epeeist Amy Orlando, senior foilist Andrea Ament, fifth-year epeeist Kerry Walton, (back row, from left) sophomore epeeist Aaron Adjemian, sophomore sabre Patrick Ghattas, freshman sabre Mariel Zagunis, sophomore sabre Valerie Providenza, sophomore sabre Matt Stearns, freshman foilist Jakub Jedrkowiak, senior epeeist Michal Sobieraj and senior foilist Alicja Kryczalo.

    Oregon Fencing Alliance products (from left) Patrick Ghattas, Mariel Zagunis and Valerie Providenza helped the Irish win the NCAA title, as did Northwest Fencing Center products Amy Orlando (bottom right) and Aaron Adjemian (not pictured).

    Assistant coach Zoltan Dudas (left) and head coach Janusz Bednarski now have guided the Irish to the NCAA title twice (in 2003 and '05) during the past three years.



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