Fencing: Cats aim for continued success

Steven Montero, Sports Editor

Northwestern launches its 2013-2014 season in Evanston on Saturday, hosting the United States Fencing Association Burton Open at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion.

The No. 8 Wildcats head into their season at the top of their game. NU placed in the top-10 at NCAA tournament in the spring for the 14th-consecutive year and had three All-Americans on its squad. The Cats have clung to gold at the USFA Burton Open the previous two years, winning first place in all three weapons. They continue to be a fencing powerhouse in the Midwest headed by coach Laurie Schiller.

Schiller was named the Midwest Fencing Conference Coach of the Year for last season’s performance. It is the ninth time he has been awarded the honor.

The USFA Open begins 7:45 a.m. Saturday with mixed foil competition and continues throughout the day.

— Steven Montero