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Fencing: Irish show strong results across seas

Mike Todisco | Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Notre Dame recently spanned the globe to compete in various events. Four team members traveled to Sosnowiec, Poland, to compete in a World Cup event, highlighted by sophomore Lian Osier’s third-place finish in the sabre event, and another quartet of Irish fencers traveled to Milwaukee, Wis. for the North American Cup B.

At Sosnowiec the Irish fencers were representing the United States and competing for national points standings. Osier was the top American finisher in the sabre. She said she was pleased was pleasantly surprised with her showing at Sosnowiec.

“This was the best result I’ve ever had internationally,” she said. “It was a really strong field and I was shocked I did so well, but at the same time I was expected to finish up there.”

Sophomore Abigail Nichols finished in 46th place while sophomore Jason Choy came in 57th and freshman Alex Coccia in 90th competed in the men’s sabre.

In Milwaukee, sophomore James Kaull had the highest finish, falling in the medal round to finish sixth overall.

Irish assistant coach Gia Kvaratskhelia said that Kaull was excruciatingly close to victory.

“James Kaull lost in overtime which means that the match was tied in regular time and one minute extra decides who wins. He lost by just one touch,” Kvaratskhelia said.

Senior Steve Kubik finished 16th in the foil event. Freshman Adriana Camacho finished 16th in the women’s foil, which Kvaratskhelia said was significant for the freshman fencer.

“Camacho’s result was significant because this was the first time she was able to break into the top 16, which is where the fencers are able to earn qualifying points,” Kvaratskhelia said.

Kvaratskhelia was pleased with the overall effort from the events over the weekend and said that the results represent a bright future for the Irish.

“We were pleased that even though we were without a lot of kids for various reasons we still had a really good showing from the freshman and sophomore class which shows us that a few years down the road we have a really solid foundation for good results,” Kvaratskhelia said.