Fencing defeats big schools at Notre Dame

Chiara Terzuolo

The LU fencers were in top form at the Notre Dame Duals, February 9-10. Despite having traveled to tournaments for three weekends in a row, the athletes all gave stunning performances, with results to match. The women’s team fenced on Saturday and, in spite of the continuing issue with incomplete squads, posted a combined record of 4-3 (beating Oberlin, Detroit-Mercy, Purdue and Cleveland State).
The women’s Foil squad led the way, finishing with an impressive 6-1 record. The ladies only lost to the Fighting Irish, but not before giving them a run for their money. The two-woman Epee squad posted a 4-3 record, and completely defeated the full squads from Oberlin and Cleveland. The two-woman Sabre squad, still coping with last weekend’s injuries, beat Oberlin.
The following day the men’s team proved their might in battle by posting a 5-3 record (defeating Oberlin, Detroit-Mercy, Purdue, Bowling Green and Wayne State). The Men’s Sabre squad took the lead, ending the day 6-2. They only lost to Notre Dame, and were only one bout away from victory over University of Chicago. Men’s Foil also fenced very well, finishing with a 5-3 record, after soundly defeating the University of Chicago team. Men’s Epee, despite being one fencer short, pushed to a great 4-4 result.
The Viking fencers will be in intensive training for the next two weeks, as they prepare for Conference on February 23-24, which will be held at Notre Dame. After that, those who qualify will be traveling to Detroit, in order to compete in regionals, held March 2-3.

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