Seven of the fencers who qualified for the Midwest Regionals made the 10-hour trek to the home of the Detroit Titans to compete for a chance to represent LU at Nationals. They did not disappoint.Leading the pack was junior sabre-wielder Nils Schade, who ferociously fought fencers from schools such as Notre Dame, Ohio State and Cleveland State to take eighth place. This means that Schade is an alternate for Nationals, a fantastic result not seen in years.
Junior epeeists Elise Pfaltzgraff and Chiara Terzuolo stood their ground in the largest pool of fencers at the competition, both making their way into the top 16, with Terzuolo placing 15th and Pfaltzgraff 16th.
Senior Christina Bartell used her sabre to place 13th, after a hard-fought dual against Northwestern’s Allison Keller. Junior epeeist Alex Kaeding faced a pool of very tough opponents, ultimately taking 13th place.
Freshmen foil-wielder Dorothea Schuur and sabre-wielder Alex Chee were eliminated in the preliminary round, but their very qualification is a considerable feat.