AWARDS (2011)


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CF360 FENCERS OF THE WEEK ARCHIVE  (2009 and 2010 seasons)

RELEASE: Jan, 25, 2011             CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
Northwestern's Dayana Sariskova, Notre Dame's Avery Zuck Named CF360 National Fencers of the Week
Rookies of the Week Katarzyna Dabrowa (Ohio State) & Clifford Fishler (Penn) also among 13 fencers honored as CF360 Primetime Performers.


Northwestern sophomore women's foilist
Dayana Sarkisova (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Notre Dame senior men's sabreist Avery Zuck (Beaverton, Ore.) have been named national fencers of the week for Feb. 21-28, 2011, as presented by CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). Sarkisova and Zuck headline the CF360 Primetime Performers of the Week, a group of 13 honorees which also includes the inaugural College Fencing Rookies of the Week – Penn freshman men's epeeist Clifford Fishler (Great Neck, N.Y.) and Ohio State freshman women's foilist Katarzyna Dabrowa (Wroclaw, Poland) – along with nine other fencers who excelled on a high level during the past week of action.

The Primetime Performer designation – awarded regularly on sister sites CollegeSoccer360com and CollegeBaseball360.com, in addition to being a lead feature on the soon-to-be-launched CollegeSports360.com hub site – seeks to recognize achievement based primarily on situational factors, and not solely on raw stats. Selection for the CF360 weekly awards are based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria:

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent and situational factors involved in the fencer's accomplishments.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as match-winning bouts, noteworthy upsets, etc.
• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).
• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home facility.

This past weekend saw impressive performances particularly in sabre (four of the Primetime honorees are men's sabreists, two women) and epee, with three honorees each from men's and women's epee (plus one one women's foilist). In addition to Zuck, the other men's sabreists among these honorees include: St. John's junior
Alejandro Rojas (Madrid, Spain), Harvard junior Valentin Staller (Old Field, N.Y.) and Brown sophomore Peter Tyson (Stony Brook, N.Y.). The women's sabreists on the current Primetime list include Penn junior Danielle Kamis (Gladqyne, Pa.) and St. John's fifth-year senior Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.). Fishler is joined by two fellow men's epee honors – Sacred Geart junior Justin Dion (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Vassar sophomore Tavish Pegram (Baltimore, Md.) – while Vassar senior Sophie Courser (Warner, N.H.) and Notre Dame junior Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) join Dabrowa as women's epeeists among the 13 honorees.

The 13 Primetime Performers include three New York natives, with the other 10 hailing from 10 different home states/countries: Massachusettts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Poland, Spain and Texas.

Capsule tributes for all 13 fencers follow below (with action photos includes, as available – some may be added later; headshots of all 13 in right sidebar). Thanks as always to the respective schools for providing the various photos (some photos, as marked, are courtesy of CollegeFencing360).


College Fencing Primetime Performers of the Week
(Jan. 17-23, 2011 ... presented by CollegeFencing360.com)

Sophie Courser  (women's epee ... Vassar ... Sr. ... Warner, NH)
*Katarzyna Dabrowa  (women's epee ... Ohio State ... Fr. ... Wroclaw, Poland)
Justin Dion  (men's epee ... Sacred Heart ... Jr. ... North Attleboro, MA)
*Clifford Fishler  (men's epee ... Penn ... Fr. ... Great Neck, NY)
Courtney Hurley  (women's epee ... Notre Dame ... Jr. ... San Antonio, TX)
Danielle Kamis  (women's sabre ... Penn ... Sr. ... Gladwyne, PA)
Tavish Pegram  (men's epee ... Vassar ... So. ... Baltimore, MD)
Alejandro Rojas  (men's sabre ... St. John's ... Jr. ... Madrid, Spain)
*Dayana Sarkisova  (women's foil ... Northwestern ... So. ... Grand Rapids, MI)
Valentin Staller  (men's sabre ... Harvard ... Jr. ... Old Field, NY)
Peter Tyson  (men's sabre ... Brown ... So. ... Stony Brook, NY)
Dagmara Wozniak  (women's sabre ... St. John's ... 5th-Yr.-Sr. ... Avenel, NJ)
*Avery Zuck  (men's sabre ... Notre Dame ... Sr. ... Beaverton, OR)
* Sarkisova and Zuck are the CF360 National Fencers of the Week, while Fishler and Dabrowa are the College Fencing Rookies of the Week.

CF360 National College Fencers of the Week

Dayana Sarkisova was one of four Wildcats to record top-10 finishes, placing sixth in the women's foil
DAYANA SARKISOVA
Women's Foil ... Northwestern
So. ... Grand Rapids, Michigan

Lived up to her status as one of college fencing's top foilists (2010 NCAA semifinalist) by compiling 30-3 record spanning two-day stretch of bouting, first at the NYU Invitational (14-2) and then at Temple in the Philadelphia Invitational (16-1) ... helped #7 Wildcats women post 10-2 record over the two days ... went 13-2 while facing opponents from five top-10 teams (team posted 16-12 win over #6 Columbia, 16-11 vs. #8 Penn and 15-12 vs. #9 Temple, with only losses coming 11-16 vs. #1 Notre Dame and 13-14 vs. #10 Ohio State) ... swept the foilists from top-ranked ND (all 5-4): two-time All-American Hayley Reese ('09 NCAA runner-up) Grace Hartman and Rachel Beck ... outscored her opponents 157-75 in her 33 bouts (2.3 touches allowed per bout) ... her sweep helped knock off Columbia (5-4 vs. 2010 NCAA entrant D'Meca Homer, 5-0 Mehan Ng and Marie Rudnicki) ... also had key sweep vs. Penn, with pair of wins over past NCAA tournament participants: 5-1 vs. Laura Paragano ('09) and 5-4 vs. Aida Abdikulova ('10), adding 5-2 win over Wendy Zhao ... her only loss at the Philadelphia Invitational came vs. the host team Temple, a 5-0 bout vs. elite newcomer Epiphany Georges (member of U.S. World Junior team) ... posted 5-3 wins over Temple's other competitors: Alyssa Lomuscio (a 2009 NCAA entrant, which fencing for Fairleigh Dickinson) and Teagan Kipatrick ... her only losses at NYU were 3-5 vs. Ohio State three-time All-American Oksana Dmytruk ('08 NCAA runner-up; '09 semifinalist; 7th in '10) and 4-5 vs. Wayne State All-American Olivia Dobbs (8th at '10 NCAAs) ... her NYU results included a 5-4 victory over Yale All-American Katherine Pitt (8th at '09 NCAAs; 13th in '10).

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AVERY ZUCK
Men's Sabre ... Notre Dame
Sr. ... Beaverton, Oregon

Two-time All-American ('10 semifinalist; 5th in '09) whose unbeaten record (12-0) led the top-ranked Notre Dame men to a 5-0 record at the St. John's Invitational, in high-end action vs. #2 Harvard (16-11), #3 St. John's (15-12), #4 Penn State (20-7), #5 Ohio State (17-10) and #8 Pennsylvania (22-5) ... his 20-2 weekend record included a 10-2 mark the previous day, at the NYU Invitational (ND's 5-1 day featured a 15-12 loss to SJU, plus 21-6 win over OSU and 18-9 vs. Columbia) ... swept his Harvard opponents – including 5-0 vs. All-American Valentin Staller – in 1-vs.-2 showdown (also 5-1 vs. Thomas Kolasa, 5-3 Eric Arzoian) ... avenged his only losses at NYU (1-5 vs. Alejandro Rojas and 4-5 vs. Sean Buckley, both SJU All-Americans) with sweep of the Red Storm sabreists on their home strips (5-3 vs. Rojas and 5-2 vs. Buckley, after winning 5-4 in the round's opening bout vs. 2010 NCAA champ Daryl Homer) ... also beat Homer ('09 NCAA runner-up) the previous day, 5-4 at NYU) ... allowed only 2.4 touches per bout (a strong avg. in sabre) while outscoring his opponents by a sizable 115-53 margin ... surrendered only 11 total touches in his six wins over Ohio State ... beat 2009 NCAA champion Alex Ochocki ('09 NCAA runner-up) in 5-2 bout, also besting top newcomer Adrian Bak (5-1) and Bobby Thompson (5-1).

College Fencing Rookies of the Week (CF360)
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KATARZYNA DABROWA  (women's epee ... Ohio State ... Fr. ... Wroclaw, Poland)

Made big impact at her first major collegiate dual events, compiling a 23-9 record while facing fencers from numerous top-10 teams ... helped #10 Ohio State women go 5-1 at the NYU Invitational, with upset wins vs. #5 St. John's (18-9), #6 Columbia (16-11) and #7 Northwestern (14-13) ... key part of OSU squad that went 2-3 the next day at St. John's Invitational (18-9 vs. #3 Harvard; 18-9 vs. #6 Columbia) ... split her bouts vs. each of the epeeists from #1 Notre Dame, including strong showing vs. two-time NCAA semifinalists Ewa Nelip (2-3/5-4) and Courtney Hurley (5-3/1-2), plus 5-3/4-5 scores vs. Diane Zielinski ... opened OSU's epee bouts vs. Penn State with 5-2 win vs. Alyssa Vongreis, adding 5-3 victory over Anne Stephenson to help upset nation's #2 women's team (edged in 4-5 bout vs. 2010 NCAA champ Marg Guzzi) ... her sweep of Harvard included 5-1 bout vs. two-time NCAA runner-up Noam Mills (also 5-1 vs. Alexa Fishman, 5-2 Nadia Eldeib) ... won all six of her bouts vs. St. John's: 5-1/5-3 vs. Fruzszina Palinkas; 5-2/4-3 vs. top newcomer Alina Ferdman; and 5-3/5-3 vs. Zsofia Fath ... beat 2010 NCAA paricipant Lydia Kopecky (5-3), as part of her sweep vs. Columbia on second day ... picked up key 5-0 win vs. Karalina Collins, in OSU's one-point win over Northwestern. 


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CLIFFORD FISHLER  
Men's Epee ... Penn
Fr. ... Great Neck, New York

Led the way for the 7th-ranked Quakers, not only in quantity of wins (11-2 record) but in the quality of victories – as the host team Penn went 6-0 at the Philadelphia Invitational (highlighted by a 15-12 win over #9 Duke and 19-8 final result vs. North Carolina) ... led the way vs. Duke with a sweep of 2010 NCAA entrant Tristan Jones (5-0), Dylan Nollner (5-3) and '09 NCAA participant Jonathan Parker (5-2; 9th/final bout) ... added a similar sweep of UNC: 5-2 vs. Eric Hsieh ('10 NCAA entrant), 5-4 vs. Jarrett Rodriguez and 5-1 vs. Max Tice-Lewis ... one of his losses came against Sacred Heart's Justin Dion, who missed All-America honors by one spot at the 2010 NCAAs (13th).


Other CF360 Primetime Performers of the Week

Sophie Courser A250
SOPHIE COURSER  
Women's Epee ... Vassar
Sr. ... Warner, New Hampshire

Came one touch shy of going unbeaten (17-1, with 4-5 loss) at the NEIFC Duals #2, putting the Vassar women in contention for conference title (Brewers went 5-1, with key wins including: 14-13 vs. host Brown and Boston College, plus 15-12 vs. Brandeis; lone loss was 13-14 loss vs. MIT) ... allowed only 21 touches in her 12 bouts vs. the aforementioned top-4 opponents (1.8 opp. touches per bout) ... her wins vs. Brandeis (which also was 5-1) included 5-3 vs. Emily Mandel, 5-2 Leah Mack and 5-0 vs. Emma Larkin in 9th/final bout ...      helped keep Vassar in the tight match vs. MIT, with 5-2 wins over Kristin Kuhn and Brenna Peterman (plus 5-3 vs. Kristen Hessler) ... her sweeps vs. Brown (5-0 vs. Cory Abbe and Kathy Nguyen, 5-4 Laney Caldwell) and BC (5-1 Anay Beraducci; 5-2 vs. Ali Letendre and Anabel Young/ 9th bout) were huge in those tight 14-13 finishes.


Justin Dion A250


JUSTIN DION
Men's Epee ... Sacred Heart
Jr. ... North Attleboro, Massachusetts

One of nation's top-returning epeeists (13th at 2010 NCAAs, one spot shy of All-America status) who fashioned a 15-3 record at the Philadelphia Invitational (held at Penn), highlighted by sweeps of two top teams ... posted 5-2 wins over all three of his opponents from #7 Penn: national rookie of the week Clifford Fischer, along with 2010 NCAA entrant Jacob Wischnia, and Steve Jow ... his sweep of North Carolina included a dominating 5-0 bout vs.  another 2010 NCAA participant, Eric Hsieh (also 5-3 vs. Max Tice-Lewis and 5-1 vs. Daiel Giles) ... added yet another noteworthy win, 5-1 vs. #9 Duke's Jonathan Parker ('09 NCAA entrant), but lost narrow bout to another Blue Devil fencer with NCAA Tournament experience (4-5 vs. Tristan Jones; '10 NCAA entrant; also lost 3-6 vs. Dylan Nollner).

Courtney Hurley (pictured) was one of three Irish fencers to claim gold at the season's first event, the North American Cup A in Cincinnati, Ohio
COURTNEY HURLEY  
Women's Epee ... Notre Dame
Jr. ... San Antonio, Texas


Two-time NCAA semifinalist who racked up 26-4 record during competition at the NYU Invitational and St. John's Invitational (13-2 at both venues) ... played lead role in undefeated start by the #1 ND women (12-0), with nine of the wins coming vs. top-10 teams: 15-12 vs. #2 Penn St.; 16-11 vs. #3 Harvard; two vs #5 St. John's (16-11, 15-12); two vs. #6 Columbia (20-7, 14-13); 16-11 vs. #7 Northwestern; and two 18-9 finals vs. #10 Ohio St. ... dominated to the tune of a 128-53 scoring edge in her 30 bouts (allowed 1.8 touches per bout) ... helped win showdown vs. Penn State, with 5-1 wins vs. Alyssa Vongries and Anne Stephenson (2-5 loss vs. 2010 NCAA champ Marg Guzzi) ... her sweep vs. Harvard included 5-3 win over two-time NCAA runner-up Noam Mills (also 3-2 vs. Nadia Edleib, 4-1 Dakota Root) ... went 5-1 vs. St. John's (5-3 vs. Fruzsina Palinkas; 5-2 twice vs. Zsofia Fath; 2-3/5-2 vs. Alina Ferdman; 5-0 vs. Saeedah Cook) ... split pair of bouts (4-5; 5-1) vs. Columbia's Lydia Kopecky ('10 NCAA entrant) ... swept Northwestern trio at NYU and compiled 4-2 mark in hard-fought battles vs. Ohio State: splits vs. rookie of the week Katarzyna Dabrowa (4-5/2-1) and Tasha Domashovetz (3-0/0-5); two wins vs. Caroline Piasecka (5-1/5-4).

Danielle Kamis A250


DANIELLE KAMIS
Women's Sabre ... Penn
Sr. ... Gladwyne, Pennsylvania


Became first fencer ever to beat Duke's Becca Ward twice in college competition (dual meets, regionals or NCAAs), with 5-3 win at the Philadelphia Invitational (held at Temple) ... Ward ('08 Olympic bronze medalist), who went 14-1 over the weekend, now is 139-4 in her career collegiate dual meets ('08-'10), also winning two NCAA regional titles and combining for a 47-3 record during the past two NCAA Championships ('09 NCAA champ; '10 runner-up) ... the previous win for Kamis over Ward came at the 2009 Princeton Multi-Meet (5-3) ... marched Ward with a 14-1 record at Temple, outscoring her opponents 74-28 (allowed 1.9 touches per bout) ... held her opponents to 0-3 touches in 12 of her 14 wins (5-4 wins vs. Duke's Maia Hutt and Haverford's Francesca Behling) ... completed her sweep of Duke with 5-1 bout vs. Sean Cadley ... also swept the sabreists from #7 Northwestern: 5-1 vs. Chloe Granger, 5-0 Annelise Eeman and 5-2 Jill Mahen ... lost her final bout of the day, 4-5 vs. Sacred Heart's Lauren Cebello ... added sweeps of Haverrford and North Carolina, allowing only four touches in the three bouts vs. UNC ...
Becca Ward Note: Aside from her pair of losses to Kamis, Ward's only other career defeats in college dual meets have come vs. former Penn State All-American Caity Thompson (3-5; at Princeton in '09) and vs. current Ohio State sophomore Allison Miller (4-5; at the 2010 Northwestern Duals) ... her three losses in NCAA Championship bouts: vs. current PSU junior Monica Aksamit in the '09 NCAA round-robin (4-5; Aksamit placed 5th); vs. former Columbia All-American Jackie Jacobson (3-5; in 2010 round-robin); and vs. current Harvard junior Caoline Vloka (13-15; in 2010 title bout).


Tavish Pegram A250


TAVISH PEGRAM
Men's Epee ... Vassar
So. ... Baltimore, Maryland

Won nearly all of his bouts (14-1) at the NEIFC Duals #2, as Vassar men went 4-1 (with only loss vs. host team Brown, 16-11) ... did his part in trying to knock off the Bears, winning bouts vs. Kelly McGuire (5-2), David Sonshine (5-1) and Benjamin McDonald (5-4) ... outscored fencers from four varsity opponents 70-26, allowing only 1.7 touches per bout ... held his opponent to 1-3 touches in all of wins except the bout with McDonald ... suffered his only loss vs. Boston College's Kendall Harmeyer (1-5), but posted wins over Albert Starshak (5-2) and Marcus Chan (5-1) to help Brewers collect key 15-12 win ... held on as time expired for 4-3 win over Tucker Robinson-Neff, as Vassar added another important win over Brandeis (17-10) ... added sweep of MIT, in team's 20-7 victory.

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ALEJANDRO ROJAS  
Men's Sabre ... St. John's
Jr. ... Madrid, Spain


Joined epeeist and fellow All-American Nicholas Vomero in sweeping his opponents from Notre Dame, as the #3 Red Storm men upset the top-ranked Irish at the NYU Invitational (15-12) ... posted 5-4 win over ND senior Avery Zuck (national fencer of the week; 2010 NCAA semifinalist, 5th in '09), adding 5-3 win over another ND senior All-American, Barron Nydam (6th at '08 NCAAs; 10th in '09 and '10), along with 5-4 bout vs. Jason Choy ... went 21-6 during the weekend, while facing various top teams ... delivered several clutch touches to win tight bouts, outscoring his assortment of top opponents by relative narrow margin (122-84) for 21-6 record ... key member of SJU men's team that went 5-0 at NYU and then 3-2 in home invitational, adding another big 15-12 upset, vs. #2 Penn State (team also posted two wins over #5 Ohio St. and #8 Columbia) ... beat ND's Nydam again, 5-3 at SJU Invitational (3-5 vs. Zuck, 2-5 Choy) ... had noteworthy sweep of Penn State, highlighted by 5-1 win over '09 NCAA champ Alex Ochocki ('09 NCAA semifinalist), plus 5-3 vs. top newcomer Adrian Bak and 5-3 vs. Bobby Thompson ... one of his two losses at NYU came 3-5 vs. Wayne State two-time NCAA entrant Jakub Gibcynski ... went 2-1 vs. sabreists from #2 Harvard (lone loss was 4-5 vs. another two-time NCAA participant and 2010 All-American/6th-place Valentin Staller). 

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VALENTIN STALLER
Men's Sabre ... Harvard
Jr. ... Old Field, New York


Went 12-3 at the St. John's Invitational, with impressive sweep vs. St. John's against fellow All-Americans Daryl Homer (5-2; Homer was '10 NCAA champ; '09 runner-up), Alejandro Rojas (5-4; 11th at '09 NCAAs) and Sean Buckley (5-3; 8th in '10) ... outscored his 15 opponents 67-22, allowing only 1.5 touches per bout ... also went 3-0 vs. Columbia and 2-1 vs. three teams: Notre Dame (split vs. All-America senior duo Barron Nydam, 5-2, and national fencer of the week Avery Zuck, 0-5; plus 5-3 vs. Jason Choy), Penn State (5-3 vs. top newcomer Adrian Bak, 5-1 vs. Bobby Thompson, 3-5 vs. two-time NCAA semifinalist and '09 champ Alex Ochocki) and Ohio State (4-5 vs. talented freshman Rhys Douglas, who has been listed 12th in the U.S. men's sabre rankings).   

Peter Tyson A250
PETER TYSON
Men's Sabre ... Brown
So. ... Stony Brook, New York


His 11-3 record at the NEIFC Duals #2 included sweep of top conference contender Vassar, in key 16-11 win (5-3 vs. 3-time NCAA participant Andrew Fischl; 5-2 vs. John Arden, 5-1 Dennis D'Urso), as Bears went 5-0 ... also helped post key 15-12 win over Brandeis (beat Jon Rollock 5-3; lost 4-5 bout to Ben Schmidt and 3-5 vs. '09 NCAA entrant Adam Austin) ... fenced two bouts in 19-8 win over MIT (5-0 vs. Alexis Hakimi; 2-5 vs. Max Brand).










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DAGMARA WOZNIAK 
Women's Sabre ... St. John's
5th-Yr.-Sr. ... Avenel, New Jersey


Three-time All-American (5th in '07; 3rd in '09 and '10) and 2008 U.S. Olympic team alternate who played key role in pressure-packed weekend, as #5 St. John's women went 6-4 while facing eight top-10 opponents (11-16/12-15 vs. #1 ND; 16-11 vs. #2 Penn St.; 12-15 vs. #3 Harvard; 14-13/19-8 vs. #6 Columbia; 9-18/15-12 split vs. #10 Ohio State) ... won 25 of her 30 bouts during the weekend, outscoring her opponents 154-84 (allowed 2.8 touches per bout, a solid avg. in sabre) ... had winning record vs. ND, with pair of victories over 2008 NCAA champion Sarah Borrmann (5-4/5-3), a split vs. fellow All-American Eileen Hassett (4-5/5-2) and two wins over Lian Osier (5-2/5-3) ... led win over Penn State with sweep that included 5-3 win over All-American Monica Aksamit and 5-2 bout vs. 2010 NCAA entrant Olivia Benedek (5-2 vs. Nicole Glon) ... lost one-touch bout vs. 2010 NCAA champ Carolina Vloka, but posted 5-3 wins over her Harvard teammates Elena Helgiu and Hayley Levitt ... went 5-1 in team's pair of wins over Columbia, including 5-4/5-2 bouts vs. All-American Sammy Roberts (also 5-3 vs. Stephanie Aiuto, 5-2 vs. Essane Diedro and 5-3/4-5 split vs. Loweye Diedro) ... faced off against Ohio State trio who all have competed in past NCAA Championships, with 5-0 win over All-American Felicia Miller, split vs. two-time NCAA semifinalist Margarita Tschomakova (3-3/5-2) and 5-4 win over Alison Miller (also lost 4-5 vs. Emily Cheng).

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