Siobhan Byrne and Oksana Dmytruk grab silver in medal rounds

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s fencing team grabbed two silver medals and ended day two of the NCAA Championships with the overall lead, laying the groundwork for the men’s team to aim for a second combined national championship in school history the next two days. Senior Buckeye sabreist Siobhan Byrne and freshman epee specialist Oksana Dmytruk each earned individual silver medals in the medal round.

Ohio State now has 101 points at the conclusion of the women’s competition, good for first place. Notre Dame, however, is right on the Buckeyes’ heels, posting 98 points of their own. Columbia/Barnard sits in third with 82 points, while St. John’s is fourth with 75 points. Defending national champion Penn State rounds out the Top 5 with 68 points.

“We didn’t win gold medal, but we are good in team competition,” head coach Vladimir Nazlymov said following the championship bouts. “It was unfortunate that Siobhan could not win here as senior, but for Oksana it is just first time, so she can learn and come back again. Siobhan and Oksana beat those two girls during season, but could not do it today. They took lead but then thought about winning, not about what they need to do to get next touch. It was good lesson.”

The OSU women entered the championships ranked No. 1 in the nation, while the men will begin their competition with a No. 2 ranking. No. 1-ranked Penn State trails the Buckeyes in the points standings by 33 points.

Byrne, Dmytruk and Aleksandra Obrazcova each were each top seeds entering the medal round and thus earn first-team All-American honors. Byrne won 21 matches to led the sabre group, Dmytruk had 22 victories in foil while Obrazcova used a strong second day to take an epee best 18 wins.

After capturing the top overall seed in sabre, Byrne topped 2005 sabre national champion Emily Jacobson in the medal round semifinal. In the final she met with freshman Sarah Borrmann inside St. John Arena.

Byrne came out quickly, taking a 4-0 advantage before Borrmann came back to even the score at 5-5. After more back-and-forth action, Borrmann entered the break with an 8-7 advantage. Following the break, Byrne was unable to hold off Borrmann, who built her lead and defeated Byrne, 15-11.

In the semifinal, Dmytruk was the victor over Nicole Ross of Columbia/Barnard, winning 15-11. Dmytruk squared off next in the women’s foil gold medal match with Monika Golebiewski of St. John’s.

In the final, neither fencer was the aggressor in the first half of the dual as Dmytruk entered the break with a slim 2-0 lead. Golebiewski, a senior and the 2007 foil national runner-up, came out aggressive in the second session and quickly tied the contest at 4-all. From there, the senior from St. John’s controlled the dual, striking consecutive blows and eventually winning, 15-7.

Obrazcova entered the medal round as the top seed with 18 wins after beginning the day in eighth place. In the semifinal she squared off with Notre Dame’s Kelly Hurley. With time running out in the dual, Obrazcova added a touch to push her lead to 7-5 over Hurley, the 2007 epee national runner-up. Hurley responded with her own touch with seven seconds left in the bout and then quickly struck again to tie the match at 7 with one second remaining. By rule, the win went to Hurley, and she went on to take gold in the final.

Other competitors for Ohio State included sophomore Lindsay Knauer, who finished sixth in foil with 17 wins, senior Eileen Grench, who was seventh in sabre with 16 victories, and senior Kaela Brendler, who finished 18th in epee with seven wins. Both Grench and Knauer earn second-team All-American honors, the first All-American nod for Knauer and the third for Grench.

Men’s competition begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. in French Field House, where defending national champion Andras Horanyi will look to defend his foil crown.

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Team Standings
1. Ohio State   101
2. Notre Dame   98
3. Columbia/Barnard  82 
4. St. John’s   75
5. Penn State   68
6. Harvard   54
7. Northwestern  45
8. Pennsylvania  43
9. Temple   42
10. Wayne State  39

Women’s Sabre Final Standings
1. Sarah Borrmann  Notre Dame
2. Siobhan Byrne  Ohio State
3. Emily Jacobson  Columbia/Barnard
4. Karolina Budna  Wayne State
5. Eileen Hassett  Notre Dame
6. Jackie Jacobson  Columbia/Barnard
7. Eileen Grench  Ohio State
8. Alexa Weingarden  Harvard
9. Eva Jellison  Stanford
10. Danielle Kamis  Pennsylvania

Women’s Foil Final Standings
1. Monika Golebiewski St. John’s
2. Oksana Dmytruk  Ohio State
3. Nicole Ross  Columbia
4. Adi Nott   Notre Dame
5. Allison Glasser  Penn State
6. Lindsay Knauer  Ohio State
7. Melissa Parker  Temple
8. Samantha Nemecek  Northwestern
9. Ilana Sinkin  Pennsylvania
10. Abby Caparros-Janto Columbia/Barnard

Women’s Epee Final Standings
1. Kelley Hurley  Notre Dame
2. Reka Szele   St. John’s
3. Ewa Nelip   Notre Dame
4. Aleksandra Obrazcova Ohio State
5. Keri Byerts  Penn State
6. Anastasia Ferdman Penn State
7. Justyna Konczalska Wayne State
8. Tanya Novakovska  St. John’s
9. Kristin Howell  Temple
10. Christa French  Northwestern

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