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Becca Ward

Key Notes:
• Finished first at the NCAA women's saber as freshman, second as sophomore
• Became first Duke fencer to win multiple national titles, the ninth women’s fencer in NCAA history to win two titles

Alexandra Kiefer

Key Notes:
• Won NCAA foil individual title with a 15-7 win against Princeton's Eve Levin in gold medal match
• Garnered All-American honors at the NCAA Fencing Championship

Courtney Hurley
Notre Dame

Key Notes:
• Finished first at the NCAA women's epée championship in 2011 after third-place in '09 and '10
• Helped lead Notre Dame to eighth fencing national title last season

Evan Prochniak

Key Notes:
• First-team All-American after  reaching semifinals at NCAA Championships with 17 victories before losing to eventual national champion Daryl Homer of St. John's

Daniel Cohen
Air Force

Key Notes:
• Won the NCAA West Regional Championship with a 9-1 bout record in foil
• Qualified for the NCAA men's fencing championship, where he finished second overall

Keep an Eye on These Programs

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Noting ND:  A year after winning the program's eighth national championship, the Fighting Irish return one of the best fencers in the country in Courtney Hurley. The senior helped the United States to a silver medal at the World University Games with the women's epée team. Sophomore Rachel Beck clinched the championship and returns in 2011-12.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Noting OSU: Ohio State will host the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year, and will look to improve upon its fifth-place finish a year ago. The Buckeyes have finished in the top five at the championships 10 seasons in a row, and sophomore Katarzyna Dabrowa is back to lead the way to try and make it 11.

Princeton Tigers

Noting PU: After a fourth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA championships, Princeton looks to build upon that by welcoming back junior saberist Eliza Stone and sophomore foilist Eve Levin. Stone won 20 of her 23 round-robin bouts to earn the top seed in the direct elimination portion of the competition and got by Notre Dame's Eileen Hassett 15-14 in the semifinal.

Top Events

Dec. 3 -- Harvard, Penn State, Princeton and others -- at Penn State

Jan. 22 -- Columbia, Harvard, St. John's and others -- at St. John's

Jan. 28 -- Duke, Penn, Penn State and others -- at Penn State

Feb. 11 -- Air Force, Duke, Notre Dame and others -- at Duke

All photos courtesy of respective school athletic departments.