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Fencing: Squads excel at Northwestern Duals

Observer Staff Report | Monday, February 7, 2011

The Irish fencing squads remained dominant this weekend as both the men and women’s teams went undefeated at the Northwestern Duals.

The men finished at 5-0 and the women 7-0, as each preserved their No. 1 national rankings. On the way to victory, the Irish men dispatched Princeton (20-7), Stanford (16-11), California Institute of Technology (27-0), University of California – San Diego (25-2) and North Carolina (20-7).

The Irish were led by their sabreists Barron Nydam, Avery Zuck, Keith Feldman, Marcel Frenkel, Kevin Hasset, Carl Ianiro and Alexander Coccia, combining for a 32-3 record as Zuck, Frenkel, Hasset and Ianiro all went undefeated. Steve Kubik also did not encounter defeat over the two-day event, leading a Notre Dame foil squad that saw all seven fencers post winning records.

The women faced only a slightly stiffer challenge than the men, posting victories over Farleigh Dickinson (25-2), North Carolina (24-2), UC – San Diego (25-2), California Institute of Technology (24-3), Princeton (14-13), Temple (18-9) and Stanford (22-5). Their unbeaten streak now stands at 85 matches.

Two fencers, Marta Stepien and Courtney Hurley, posted undefeated records.