Notre Dame Athletics | March 26, 2019
CLEVELAND — The University of Notre Dame fencing program added a pair of medalists to its ranks Sunday on the final day of competition at the 2019 National Collegiate Fencing Championships, as Amanda Sirico claimed silver in women's epee and Amita Berthier snared bronze in women's foil at Cleveland State's Wolstein Center.
The Irish finished with 165 points in the team competition, good for third place behind champion Columbia (178) and runner-up Penn State (166). They finished the tournament with seven All-Americans, including medalists in men's foil champion Nick Itkin, men's foil runner-up Axel Kiefer, Sirico and Berthier.
Sirico advanced to the championship bout in women's epee for the first time in her career, but fell 5-3 in a priority bout to Columbia's Anne Cebula. Berthier fell 15-12 to ultimate women's foil champion Sylvie Binder of Columbia.
How It Happened
Amita Berthier earned the No. 4 seed after five rounds of stellar fencing, amassing a 17-5 record (an injury withdrawal voided a win recorded Saturday). Facing Binder in the semifinal, Berthier fell behind 1-8 before outscoring Binder 6-4 to end the first period down 7-12. She picked up the first four touches of the second period to pull within 11-12 and again came within one at 12-13, but Binder pulled out the final two touches to take the bout. Berthier's third-place finish made her a First Team All-American and was the highest placement for an Irish women's foilist since Sabrina Massialas also finished third in 2016.
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