Irish in first place after day one of NCAA Championship – Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Official Athletics Site

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – The University of Notre Dame women’s fencing team dominated day one of the NCAA Championships Thursday at the Castellan Family Fencing Center. The women’s round robin finished first and all three guns topped the field in the opening rounds of the weekend.

The Irish finished the first day of the national championships with the best place in women’s epee and the top 10 in all three weapons. As a team, Notre Dame is in first place with 65 points and seven points ahead of any other team. Princeton is in second place with 58 points and Columbia in third with 55 points.

female sword

Kaylin Hsieh dominated her first day of action which took her to first place heading into day two. Hsieh finished 14-1 that day. Amanda Pirkowski had a strong showing on the strip when she finished 9-6 and heads into day two of competition in sixth place.

Hsieh got off to a fast start as she went 7-0 in her first round and then 3-1 in the second round. She then finished on a high when she won four straight to give her a 14-1 record on the day. Pirkowski went 5-2 in her first round to start strong in her first NCAA championship. She continued the second and third heats with two wins to give her sixth place, but not far behind the rest of the field.

Women’s Foil

The foil team performed well with a combined 21 wins in the first three rounds. Amita Berthier took six quick wins on her first lap to take fifth place after the first three laps. Berthier collected eleven wins over three rounds with just four losses.

Competing for her first-ever NCAA championship, Nicole Pustilnik came in with a 10-5 record and finished in ninth place. She picked up five outright wins in her first round. She followed that up with five more wins over her final two rounds.

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Atara Greenbaum dominated her way through three rounds with an 11-4 record on the day. She climbed to fifth place with her eleven wins. Greenbaum had her best streak when she won four straight in the second round and then finished with three wins in the final round of the day.

Kara Linder sits in sixth place after the first three rounds. She collected ten wins on the day with even matchups throughout all three rounds. She had two first-round wins, three second-round wins, and five third-round wins.



MARCH 24-27, 2021




Sword (rounds 1-3)

  1. Kaylin Hsieh, 14-1 (+33)
  2. Amanda Pirkowski, 9-6 (+10)

Foil (rounds 1 to 3)

  1. Amita Berthier 11-4 (+19)
  2. Nicole Pustilnik 10-5 (+10)

Saber (Round 1-3)

  1. Atara Greenbaum 11-4 (+16)
  2. Kara Linder 10-5 (+16)

Team Ranking

  1. Notre Dame 65
  2. Princeton 58
  3. Colombia 55


The women will return to the trip for the final two round robin rounds on Friday morning. Once both rounds are complete, the top four will advance to the semi-finals beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET in the afternoon.

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