Dayana Sarkisova becomes first Wildcat foilist to garner first-team All-American honors.
2010 NCAA Fencing Championships Women’s Results
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Freshman Dayana Sarkisova (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest
Hills Central) capped an impressive debut season with a third-place finish
at the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships, becoming the first Northwestern
foilist to capture first-team All-American honors and the fourth fencer in
program history to do so. Northwestern finished eighth at the national
championships, marking the 11th-consecutive season head coach Laurie
Schiller’s squad has finished among the nation’s top-10.
Sarkisova posted a 20-3 record through the round robin pool play, earning
the number two seed in the semifinals before falling to Penn State’s Doris
Willette to capture third. It is tied for the highest national finish by a
Wildcat, matching Katie Rudkin’s third-place result in the epée in 2002.
Sarkisova is now part of an elite group, joining Vivian Imaizumi (sabre –
2000) and Rudkin (epée – 2001 and 2002) as the fourth first-team
All-American in Northwestern history.
She also became the first fencer in West Michigan to medal in a NCAA Championship tournament.
In recognition of this awesome accomplishment Dayana has been named “Athlete of the Week” at Northwestern University.